Japan Disaster Recovery

Peace Winds recovery programs are revitalizing the fishing industry in Tohoku.  Our on-the-ground teams are working with fishing cooperatives and local leaders to restore livelihoods, rebuild infrastructure, and foster Japan’s improved disaster preparedness and response.  Please support us today!

Emergency Response to Kumamoto Earthquake

April, 2016 – PWA is supporting the search-and-rescue and immediate relief efforts of Peace Winds Japan in response to the earthquakes in the Kumamoto region. Read More.



Community Support: Minamisanriku Center Brings Joy, Purpose

viva classFebruary, 2016 – A community center run by a local nonprofit and supported by PWA helps preserve critical community bonds in Minamisanriku. Read More.



Small Business in Kesennuma “Hangs in There”

December, 2015 – PWA checks in with a small business in Kesennuma determined to recover after the tsunami.
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Mariners Salute to Japanese Baseball Night a Hit for Tohoku Recovery

Iwakuma pitching(courtesy of Shihou Sasaki_NAP)July, 2015 – The 2014 Seattle Mariners Salute to Japanese Baseball Night featured a win for Iwakuma, a meet-and-greet reception with club president Kevin Mather, and an impressive turnout for ongoing recovery in Tohoku.
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Restoring Small Businesses: Saito-san’s Truck

IMG_0066PWA is working to support small businesses that make a large impact on the economy of Tohoku. In Kesennuma, we supported Shuichi Saito, whose family maritime engine repair business needed support.
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New Sheds, New Hope: An Update from Tohoku

_MG_4412 Mari Poorman and Ben Erickson traveled to Tohoku in early March, 2013 to survey new districts and select beneficiaries for the Fishing Sheds program. They also were able to meet with previous shed beneficiaries and hear their stories.
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Fishing Sheds Program Expands to 4 New Areas 

Shed with suppliesSince the summer of 2012, Peace Winds America has been working within the Udatsu District of Minamisanriku helping fishermen who lost so much in the 3/11 tsunami and earthquake. For those who work with the sea, a workspace is needed to prepare for and operate during the fishing season. PWA has focused on providing fishing sheds to those in most need after the disaster.
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Abalone Fishing Returns to Minamisanriku

Shadowed_boatFebruary 8, 2013 -Abalone, a treasured delicacy, is critical to the economy of Minamisanriku. For generations, fishing families have harvested abalone from the rocks at the sea bottom using traditional methods—using waterglasses and long rods with special hooks.  The entire community uses these methods.  They ensure a natural harvest, and one that preserves generations of tradition.
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Rebuilding Work Sheds for Fishing Families

October 15, 2012 – Yutaka Satoh, a fisherman from Minamisanriku, lives with his wife in a small temporary housing unit.  The tsunami leveled his house and work shed, leaving only the foundation.   They still await decisions on whether they can legally rebuild their home where it once stood.
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New Opportunities in High School Classrooms

September 26, 2012 – Peace Winds is supporting students and faculty at Koyo Maritime High School, the only Kesennuma High School destroyed by the March 2011 tsunami. Most recently Peace Winds upgraded the chemistry and cooking laboratories.  With funding from The Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation, Peace Winds installed a fume hood, a vacuum freeze-dry machine, two hot water heaters, and plumbing.  Read More.

Seattle Mariners Support Tohoku Recovery 

August 21, 2012 – At its yearly Salute to Japanese Baseball Night the Seattle Mariners partnered with Peace Winds America to highlight ongoing recovery efforts.  PWA friends and supporters threw out the first pitch, and PWA will put its share of Japan Night ticket sales toward fishing industry recovery. Read More.

Kesennuma High School Reopens Its Media Room

July 6, 2012 – “There was no budget for the Media Room.  Without Peace Winds support, our students would have no access to special classes with audio/visual capability.”   Principal Seto of Koyo Maritime High School knew that the school’s empty Media Room detracted from his students learning experience.  With Peace Winds support, the delighted Principal Seto was able to reopen the Koyo Media Room.  Read More.

PWA Reports to Third Grade Fundraisers

May 29, 2012 – Souma Yabuki and Aria Kischner are two exceptional young leaders.  These two third graders, along with the rest of their class at TOPS K-8 School in Seattle, Washington, managed to raise over $2,000 to help victims of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  On May 15, 2011, the third graders paid a visit to the Peace Winds America offices to hand deliver the donations.  Read More.

PWA Small Business Grants Making an Impact in Kesennuma

April 12, 2012 – Last year PWA committed funds to helping small businesses in Tohoku recover from the tsunami. In a recent visit to Kesennuma we followed up with one recipient of our grants, the local coffee chain Anchor Fullsail Coffee. Supported by PWA and committed to recovery, this local businessman is making strides toward recovery. Read More.

Minamisanriku Fishing Cooperatives Shine at Wakame Auction

March 8, 2012 – Shizugawa Cooperative President Norio Sasaki and Udatsu Cooperative President Funabiki Chiba, both of Minamisanriku, represented their members on February 28 at the first wakame seaweed auction since the northeast Japan earthquake and tsunami nearly one year ago.  The auction was a significant milestone for a fishing industry that continues to recover along the hard hit Sanriku Coast.  Read More.

Minamisanriku Bakery Goes Mobile

January 11, 2012 – Before the March 11 tsunami, Bakery Yuushindou was a favorite among Minamisanriku locals. Like many of the retailers in Minaminsanriku, Bakery Yuushindou closed after the March 2011 tsunami, its facilities completely destroyed. The Yuushindou family was uncertain whether their bakery would ever reopen again.
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Salmon Hatcheries Continue Their Harvest

December 16, 2011 – For decades salmon hatcheries along the Sanriku coast have maintained healthy salmon populations in the Pacific waters off northeast Japan. The hatchery process begins in early autumn when spawning salmon start their run up Sanriku rivers.  There, salmon are met by fishermen who harvest the eggs and cultivate juvenile populations.  Read More.

Heaters Provide Warmth through Winter

November 14, 2011 – Many temporary housing units in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures lack adequate sources of heat.  For families that lost everything in theMarch 11 tsunami, warmth and comfort through the winter are essential to recovery.  Peace Winds, in concert with local governments, is providing heated carpets and space heaters for 8,000 families whose homes are without adequate heat.  Read More.

White Salmon Season in Minamisanriku

October 31, 2011 – Minoru Abe, a 47 year old fisherman from Minamisanriku, considers himself one of the lucky ones.   His boat spared, Abe is one of few this October that returns to Minamisanriku’s port with his daily catch of white salmon.  Minamisanriku lost 85% of its fleet in the March 11 tsunami, and now Abe has no trouble docking at a port that once struggled with traffic.  Read More.

PWA Supports Small Businesses

October 12, 2011 – Yachi Onodera gathered his staff for a meeting on April 1st at the site of his first coffee shop in Kesennuma.  The entire staff survived the earthquake and tsunami three weeks prior, but Onodera’s two Kesennuma coffee shops were not spared.  The details uncertain, Onodera promised his employees that the coffee shops would open once again.  Read More.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opens Fishing Cooperative Offices

September 10, 2011 – On September 1st, the Shizugawa Fishing Cooperative held a ceremony with Peace Winds to open its new offices in Minamisanriku.  During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Shizugawa President Norio Sasaki remarked that, “We are very encouraged to recover the fishing industry here.  Thank you very much.”
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Older Updates

Minamisanriku Fishing Cooperatives – August 29, 2011

PWA Board Chair Jim McDermott Thanks Japan Relief Donors – August 16, 2011

Update from PWA’s Mari Poorman – July 29, 2011

New Offices for Fishing Cooperatives – July 2, 2011

Messages of Gratitude from Japan – June 6, 2011

New Homes for Families in Iwate – May 25, 2011

Support for Mobile Markets – May 18, 2011

Economic Recovery with Chamber of Commerce and Industry – May 2, 2011

Household Kits for Families in Iwate Prefecture -April 14, 2011

Peace Winds March Report for Japan Relief – April 6, 2011

Bathhouse Constructed in Ofunato – March 28, 2011

Peace Winds Expands Relief to Three Additional Cities – March 22, 2011

PWA Joins PWJ in Disaster Areas – March 15, 2011

Staff and Supplies Arrive in Kesennuma – March 14, 2011

Peace Winds Responds Immediately to Earthquake and Tsunami in Northeast Japan – March 11, 2011


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Disaster Relief in Tohoku

Peace Winds responded immediately to the March 2011 tsunami in northeast Japan.  Click here for a summary of Peace Winds disaster relief efforts in Japan.

Immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Peace Winds America was humbled to recieve a great deal of support from the Seattle-area community. We wish to extend our profound gratitude to the individuals, companies, and organizations that placed their trust in us. 


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