JETAA Tohoku Recovery Assistance

309767_10150432909933619_635728618_10126239_976785738_nWhen a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s Tohoku region on March 11, 2011 (known as “3-11″), JET alumni around the world rallied to help with relief and recovery efforts. JETAA-USA established a national 3-11 Relief Fund that raised $75,000. JETAANC and other JETAA chapters across the U.S. raised an additional $360,000+ through a wide range of efforts. Alumni and JET participants also provided assistance “on the ground” in Tohoku by creating aid groups and assisting with recovery efforts. Explore the links below to learn more about the many ways that JET alumni and JET participants have provided assistance to Tohoku.

JETAANC Activities to Aid Tohoku
Letter of Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Summary of JETAANC relief efforts

3-11 Issue, Pacific Bridge, Summer 2011

3-11 Anniversary Issue, Pacific Bridge, Spring 2012

Articles related to 3-11, Pacific Bridge, Fall 2011

Articles related to 3-11, Pacific Bridge, Winter 2011

Article: “JET Alumni Tohoku Relief Forum,” Consul General of Japan in San Francisco

TV interview with JETAANC alumni Alan Mockridge and James Foley, participants of the Tohoku Homecoming Program

Article: “Mockridge Returns to Visit Quake-, Tsunami-ravaged Japan,” San Jose Mercury Times

Blog: “Tohoku Homecoming Program,” by JETAANC alumnus Alan Mockridge

Blog: “Tohoku Homecoming Program,” by JETAANC alumnus James Foley

Blog: “Save Miyagi” by JETAANC alumna Canon Purdy

JETAA Activities to Aid Tohoku
Certificate of Appreciation from the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) of Japan

Report: “JET Alumni Support for Japan after 3/11,” by Japan Local Government Center (English)

Report: “JETAA USA Support for Communities in Japan,” by Japan Local Government Center (English)

Article: JETAA relief efforts, CLAIR Forum newsletter (Japanese)

Reports on JETAA relief assistance efforts, by Japan Local Government Center (Japanese)

Additional report on JETAA relief assistance efforts, by Japan Local Government Center (Japanese)

Blog on JETwit.com reporting on ongoing recovery activities

Interview with JET alum Steven Horowitz: “American JETs Rally for Japan in Myriad Ways”:

Article: “The JET Program’s Finest Hour,” by David Jacobson

Summary of JETAA Tohoku relief activities

Google Map of JET/JETAA relief efforts

Webpage about the JETAA-USA Tohoku Relief Fund

Summary PowerPoint of JETAA-USA Tohoku Relief Fund (download PowerPoint for correct formatting)

Webpage for JETAA Tohoku Homecoming Program

JET Memorial Invitational Program (JET-MIP) – A program under which U.S. high school students travel to Japan for a two week study tour of the Tohoku region, focusing on the cities of Rikuzentakata and Ishonomaki. These were the cities that Montgomery Dickson and Taylor Anderson were assigned during their tenure as JET Assistant Language Teachers. Sadly, they lost their lives during the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. JET-MIP was created to commemorate their work.