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Helping Immigrants Access Aid in Japan
Map showing the evacuation zones around Fukushima Daiichi, site of a nuclear accident caused by the earthquake [link].
Japan is still working hard to recover from the powerful 2011earthquake on the northeast coast that left 20,000 people dead or missing. The three northeastern prefectures are still devastated, under the shadow of the nuclear accidents from the power plants damaged in the earthquake. The long-term health effects are still unknown.
Who UUSC supports
- Immigrants (largely from Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines) — including immigrant workers and immigrant women who have married Japanese men — whose legal status and lack of Japanese language skills isolate them from aid
- Women, who face particular obstacles to accessing assistance in the wake of this disaster
What UUSC does together with grassroots partners
Helps immigrants find voice and support services
Works to ensure that women's rights in disaster are recognized and addressed
One year after the horrific earthquake and tsunami devastated the Tohuku area of Japan on March 11, 2011, UUSC continues to provide recovery support to people there through the UUA-UUSC Japan Relief Fund.
After the 2005 Kobe earthquake, FACIL formed to help non-Japanese speaking survivors. Today, FACIL continues its mission following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of 2011.