Help Save Children in Japan

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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