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Great East Japan Earthquake


Current Information from the Japanese Government

Provision of comprehensive information on Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station related issues

June 26, 2015
Providing information on Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) related issues to the international society in a transparent and accurate manner is one of the Government of Japan’s duties. In order to further carry out such duty, the Government of Japan has uploaded useful information regarding Fukushima Daiichi NPS related issues on its webpage.

This webpage includes following information:
  • * Comprehensive report provided through the IAEA
  • * Comparison of the air dose rate data between cities in Japan and the world's major cities
  • * Information on the Final Report on the IAEA Review Mission on Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1–4 (issued on May 14, 2015)
The URL of the aforementioned webpage is as follows: http://www.mofa.go.jp/dns/inec/page18e_000038.html


Office of the Prime Minister: Countermeasures for the Great East Japan Earthquake

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Messages & Articles

Letter from the mayor of Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture (September 2011)
"Japan Is Open for Business," contribution to the International Herald Tribune by Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs (April 30 - May 1, 2011)
Japan's Road to Recovery and Rebirth (Op-ed by former prime minister Kan to International Herald Tribune) (April 15, 2011)
Message from former prime minister Naoto Kan : Kizuna - The Bonds of Friendship
Message from former prime minister Naoto Kan Regarding Assistance Received from Overseas
Messages from His Majesty the Emperor of Japan (March 16, 2011) and Consul General Junichi Ihara


Relief & Reconstruction Efforts

In Japan

Japan's Recovery - Current Status of Japan's Economy and Industry (METI)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Recommendations by Reconstruction Design Council (July 12, 2011)

Pursuing "Open Reconstruction" (June 2011)

Roadmap for Controlling Radiation (provided by TEPCO)

METI report: "Japan's Challenges: Concerning the Domestic and International Implications of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station"


In our Jurisdiction (Southern California & Arizona)

ARIGATO Event -- September 7, 2011
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles accepting monetary donations for Earthquake Aid
How to donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society
Message or offers of assistance for the Great East Japan Earthquake
U.S. -Japan Relief Network (U.S. - Japan Council )


Operation Tomodachi

U.S. forces mobililzed and are positioned to provide sustained support for Japan relief efforts. Japanese are grateful for the support and show of friendship between Japan and the United States.
Operation Tomordachi (U.S. PACOM)
Operation Tomodachi photos (U.S. Pacific Fleet)


Japan is Safe for Travel!

Japan National Tourism Organization's travel advisory
Post 3.11 Travel Updates from Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
U.S. Department of State's revised travel advisory


Information for Foreign Nationals in Japan

Immigration information (MOJ)
Inquiries about the condition of Japanese residents
Information for students (MEXT)


Japanese food safety ensured!

Stringent rules, examinations and import protocols have effectively eliminated the possibility of radiation contamination in Japanese food products.  Japanese food is healthy, wholesome and delicious – and both the US and Japanese goverments are confident that it is perfectly free of harmful radiation as well.  For more, see here:

Assurance on the Safety of Japanese Food Products Distributed in the U.S.

Inspection for food products (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Inspection for fisheries products and livestock products (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)

Radiation Safety  (Food Safety Commission)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Nuclear and Radioactivity Levels Information

Food and Water Safety in Japan (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (MAFF)
Information on safety in relation to radioactivity level
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) -- Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log
  IAEA Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Information Sheet
Japan Meteorological Agency - Portal to the Great East Japan Earthquake
Reading of environmental radioactivity levels (MEXT)


Tsunami Debris Response and Coastal Marine Debris Cleanup Efforts

Tsunami Debris Response Efforts

Some tsunami debris items from the March 11 earthquake have already been discovered on the west coast of North America and may continue to arrive intermittingly over the next few years. Japan, the U.S. and Canada have been cooperating on the tsunami debris issue, a natural event, and Japanese Consulates General along the West Coast and in Hawaii have been sharing information with relevant U.S. and Canadian federal, state and provincial government agencies since last year.

Coastal Cleanup Activities

Ongoing media attention on tsunami debris washed out by the Great East Japan Earthquake has helped to raise public awareness of the much larger and continuing issue of general marine drifting debris, which circulates oceans and washes up on shorelines around the world all the time.  As a result, there has been renewed interest in coastal cleanup activities by volunteers and various organizations on the west coast of North America and in Hawaii.

On the west coast of North America, coastal volunteer activities have been conducted by various organizations. Those who are interested in helping to beautify California's coasts and waterways can click on the California Coastal Commission link below.

The California Coastal Commission Coastal Event Calendars: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/activities.html

Tsunami Debris Related Sources

Secretariat of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan
Japan's Ministry of the Environment
Marine Debris Program, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Federal-State Joint Information Center for Tsunami Debris


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