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The study on the support for the people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake


Leader :
Shuichi Obuchi
Members :
Shuichi Awata, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Yoshinori Fujiwara, Hirohiko Hirano, Kazunori Kikuchi, Mio Ito, Masaya Shimmei, Yoshiko Shiomitsu, Masataka Kuraoka, Yasuhiro Sugawara

Collaborative organizations

Kesennuma city, Kesennuma medical association, Kesennuma dental association, Kesennuma council of social welfare, Soma city, Japanese Society of Behavioral Sciences for the Elderly, Japanese Geriatric Society, Society of Speech Therapists for Supporting Child Development, Medical Corporation Tsukushinbo-kai, Saitama Medical University, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine


Disaster recovery assistance, disaster prevention, the Great East Japan Earthquake, evacuation center, temporary housing, reconstruction support, community renovation, wide-area collaboration


The Pacific coastland of the Tohoku district that suffered from the enormous damages of the Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2011) is an area where there were scant medical and care provisions and difficulties in recruiting and training staff for medical and nurse-care services even before the earthquake and Tsunami. This study aims to support senior people affected as well as specialists who are in charge of medical and nursing care in the disaster-affected areas. In addition, we need to make use of these experiences to enhance our preparedness in case of a disaster in the metropolitan area. We are planning to optimize the use of the experiences through dissemination of the knowledge earned in actual assistance activity and orchestrating regional support organizations.

[Major activities]
1. Supporting people displaced from Fukushima Prefecture to Tokyo with social service consultation and assistance activities at the shelters in Tokyo Metropolis
2. Supporting both primary/secondary school students including orphans and teaching staffs by health counseling and cooperated to public health activities with the Soma city council, Fukushima Prefecture
3. Organizing comprehensive lecture series to support specialists and members of intermediary supporting organization for the restoration of disrupted welfare and medical provisions at Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
4. Organizing training program for local residents who have interest to prevent lethargic situation by gymnastic training, aiming at enhancing self-help action at the disaster-affected communities
5. Implementing several nursing-care preventive lectures to senior citizens living in temporary housing at the disaster-affected communities
6. Conducting a survey on service providers in Tokyo Metropolis concerning the provision of disaster prevention and disseminated the result of the study
7. Collaborating with Kesennuma city hall and the Kesennuma medical association by taking role as a central coordinator of the so called "Five medical and welfare organizations to provide services to support Kesennuma", a supporting consortium comprised from five organizations across academic and clinical disciplines
8. Conducting a survey of a disaster mitigation to the care service providers in Tokyo Metropolis
9. Holding the continuous lectures entitled, "The seminar on a disaster relief 'Tsunagu (connecting)' series", which aims at connecting relief experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake with a disaster prevention planning of Tokyo metropolitan area