Help Save Children in Japan


Save the Children Japan has deployed its emergency response team to assess the needs of children in the Mabi district of Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture, after record rainfall left more than 4,600 houses there flooded. More than 100 people have died and over 80 people are still missing after heavy rains caused landslides, as well as flooding, in western Japan. There are about 4,000 children in Mabi, one of the worst affected areas. Save the Children stands ready to respond to the unmet needs of children, such as providing safe respite from the chaos of the disaster and child protection services. LEARN MORE

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In times of crisis, when children are at their most vulnerable, Save the Children is there. We are always at the ready — and always among the first agencies that help during natural disasters. Delivering lifesaving emergency relief. And staying as long as it takes to ensure children and families can recover from the losses, restore their lives and build their resilience for years to come. Wherever and whenever children need us most, we are there. No one knows when the next earthquake, flood or tsunami will strike. But we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks. Save the Children’s natural disaster response and emergency relief programs help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath.

The Challenge for Children in Japan


  • 2% of school-age children are out of school
  • 3 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 16% of people live in poverty
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Our Work for Children in Japan

Save the Children Japan was established in 1986 with a focus on child protection, disaster risk reduction and creating child-friendly communities in Japan. We also work in the fields of health, nutrition and education overseas, mainly in Asian and African countries. In times of natural disaster or conflict, such as the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, Save the Children also provides emergency humanitarian assistance.

Whatever our particular aims, our activities always involve the active participation and inclusion of children. In cooperation with stakeholders surrounding children, including international organizations, national and local governments, corporations, individuals, and communities, Save the Children has been promoting immediate and lasting change in the lives of children around the world.

Six years have passed since the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that destroyed the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. Thousands of families lost everything – their homes, their livelihoods, their schools – and countless lost family members and friends.

This disaster spawned the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Program, which strengthened disaster risk reduction awareness within local communities. We have rebuilt playgrounds and created safe areas for children to play and feel protected. And we have continued our work in making afterschool programs safe and protective for children – stressing the importance of disaster risk reduction plans and protecting children’s safety during disasters.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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