July 12, 2018 Press Release
David Inoue, Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League
Shiori Okazaki, Director of Communications, U.S.-Japan Council
WASHINGTON, DC, July 12, 2018 – Japan is currently experiencing what is considered the worst weather disaster the country has faced in 36 years. The floods and landslides in western Japan this month have led to severe damage, most notably in the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures. To date, hundreds of people have lost their lives, many have suffered damages to their homes, and many more are left without water.
The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and our friends at other U.S.-Japan related organizations offer heartfelt thoughts to all who are affected. Many in the U.S. have strong ties to the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama communities through people-to-people programs and exchanges. Many Japanese Americans also have family ties or personal connections to the region. Several JACL Kakehashi program participants have had the privilege of staying in homestays in affected areas.
USJC and JACL have established the Japan Flood Friendship Fund (JFFF) to aid those who are affected. 100% of the tax deductible contributions will go to relief efforts through our network of nonprofit organizations that are working on the ground. We also welcome organizations that would be interested in partnering with us to support those in need.
Please consider donating through this page: http://www.usjapancouncil.org/japan_flood_friendship_fund. If you would prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to the U.S.-Japan Council and mail to:
Attn: Japan Flood Friendship Fund
1819 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
If you have any inquiries or would like to partner with us, please write to JFFF@usjapancouncil.org or call 202-223-6843.