Emergency Support in Response to Kumamoto EarthquakesThe Nippon Foundation Disaster Response Support Center, Kumamoto Office, opens for unified support through public-private sector cooperation

Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation (left), and center director Yoshiaki Umetani

As part of its support for the reconstruction of areas damaged by the recent earthquakes in and around Kumamoto Prefecture, The Nippon Foundation has opened an office for the unified management of needed support, to ensure that the recovery and reconstruction activities of NGOs, volunteers, companies, and other private-sector organizations can be carried out smoothly in coordination with related government agencies.

Overview of The Nippon Foundation Disaster Response Support Center, Kumamoto Office

Name The Nippon Foundation Disaster Response Support Center, Kumamoto Office
Address 1-3-1 Kuwamizu, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City
Telephone 096-285-6344,096-285-6354,070-3623-9611
Date opened April 26, 2016
Director Yoshiaki Umetani, Social Innovation Promotion Team Leader, The Nippon Foundation
Roles and functions
  1. Providing joint office and meeting space for NGOs and volunteer and other private-sector organizations
  2. Conducting surveys and compiling information regarding the situation in areas that were damaged
  3. Collecting information regarding various support activities, sharing that information with other organizations, and coordinating various activities
  4. Sharing information from government agencies with private-sector organizations
  5. Disseminating general information regarding the Center’s activities
  1. From The Nippon Foundation: Center director, 2-3 full-time staff
  2. From Kumamoto Prefectural Government: 1-2 staff as contact persons

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