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Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster: Present State and RENGO's Response
RENGO President Nobuaki Koga hands over a donation to Miyagi Prefecture Governor Yoshihiro Murai.
RENGO General Secretary Hiroyuki Nagumo gives encouragement to RENGO relief volunteers who will assist in the disaster area.

Four months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. The massive earthquake, which had its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northeastern Japan, was the largest ever recorded in the country and caused unprecedented damage. At the present stage, relief activities are continuing, and the long and hard road to reconstruction has only just begun.

Although the full picture of the damage is still unknown, the official residence of the Prime Minister announced on July 12 that there were 15,555 dead, 5,344 missing persons, and 99,236 evacuees.

In response to the disaster, RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), the national center, has organized relief volunteers. As of July 7, about 4,300 volunteers had been dispatched to the disaster area, where they are engaging in various relief activities. Expressions of appreciation for these efforts have been heard from local governments and residents.

In addition, RENGO collected about 730 million yen in donations from trade union members in Japan and overseas and through street campaigns and donated the money to Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Chiba Prefectures, which were the worst hit regions.

Long and sustained support activities will be required in order for the victims to restore composed lives. From now on also, RENGO will continue to assist the victims through the relief volunteer activities, fund-raising campaigns, and other efforts.

For more details of RENGO's response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, please see the following:

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