One Year After Great East Japan Earthquake
11 March, 2012
Dear Scouts and Scouters,
It has been one year since the devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011. With much appreciation on your support, the devastated area is on its way to recovery. We have received countless e-mail messages and letters of support from many National Scout Organizations and individuals all over the world.
Moreover, we received kind donations from overseas to help affected areas and Scout Councils amounting JPY16,226,230 (approx.US$202,827,-)as of 17 Jan 2012, which reaffirm us of the strong tie and solidarity of Scouting. These amounts were distributed to the Japan Red Cross Society to help people in disaster hit area and to the Scout councils in the affected area for its recovery activities. Here, we would like to express our most sincere gratitude to all the Scout families in the world.
In the part of our effort to help disaster-hit area, Scout Association of Japan (SAJ) had been setting up the Scout Disaster Relief Centre (SDRC) in one of the most devastated city of Ishinomaki, in order to receive and coordinate volunteers. Some of Scouts in the affected area were eager to help people in needs by fulfilling their Scout skills even though their families were also affected. These behaviors of young people really encouraged the adults in their hardship. SAJ organized recreational camp programmes to support children in disaster-hit area both physically and mentally in collaboration with other youth organizations. For more details, please see attached pdf.”1 Year after 3.11”.
We are very much aware that still many people are concerned about the status of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. We will keep close watch over the situation. However, many of the statistics now show that things are getting normal. Once decreased number of tourists from foreign countries starts getting back, and we see this as a good sign towards the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (23WSJ) in 2015. The site for the 23WSJ and Pre-23WSJ in 2013 is located more than 1,200 kilometres away from Fukushima and is situated in a region that historically has not been troubled by any major natural disasters. Under such circumstances we are sure that we will be able to provide a good and secure environments for the Scouts and Scouters joining the Jamboree in 2015 as well as the Pre-Jamboree in 2013.
Once again, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you all for your support and contributions.