Humanitarian Assistance for People Displaced from UkraineRoughly 5 billion yen planned to aid with travel and living expenses

The Nippon Foundation announced today that it plans to provide humanitarian assistance for travel and living expenses of people who have been displaced from Ukraine, and who have family or acquaintances living in Japan and wish to reside in Japan. There are roughly 1,900 Ukrainian residents of Japan, and roughly 1,000 of their family members and acquaintances are expected to seek to come to Japan.

Overall framework: Approximately 5 billion yen over 3 years (tentative)

  1. Assistance for travel expenses to Japan: Approximately 300 million yen
  2. Assistance for living expenses in Japan: Approximately 3.25 billion yen (for the purchase of home appliances and other household necessities)
    • *The above are based on an estimate of 1,000 recipients.
  3. Assistance to NGOs and other nonprofit organizations providing support in Japan: Approximately 1.53 billion yen
    (Assistance to organizations providing support for daily living, interpretation, Japanese language education, employment, etc.)
    • *Includes out-of-pocket expenses for Ukrainian residents of Japan engaged in volunteer activities.


The Nippon Foundation Humanitarian Assistance Team for People Displaced from Ukraine (from March 28)
Please contact the team using the inquiry form via the url below.

We are currently receiving a large number of inquiries, to which we will respond in the order received. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Comments from Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation

  • As a survivor of the Tokyo air raids, in which 108,000 people lost their lives in March 1945, when I was six years old, I cannot overlook Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine.
  • After the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in 1986, The Nippon Foundation conducted health surveys and research on medical treatment for nearby residents, focusing on children, in cooperation with Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus over a period of 10 years. We later put that knowledge to use following the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan in 2011, including holding international specialist symposiums. This experience led to our decision to provide this current humanitarian assistance.
Photo of Yohei Sasakawa explaining the support program
Yohei Sasakawa explaining the support program
  • We are working to gather information regarding family members, friends, and acquaintances of Ukrainian residents of Japan who wish to come to Japan. Given the paramount importance of supporting the daily lives of these people when they arrive in Japan, we are planning to provide support for a period of three years, and we will consider expanding the program if the situation changes.
  • We have established The Nippon Foundation Humanitarian Assistance Team for People Displaced from Ukraine as a contact point for people displaced from Ukraine and for Ukrainian residents of Japan. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


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The Nippon Foundation

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