Tasukeai Japan About Tasukeai Japan
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(1) On March 11, 2011, a major disaster unlike any we had ever experienced struck the Tohoku and Kanto regions of Japan.
(2) At this very moment, there are lives out there that must be saved. We must now gather our collective courage to move forward.
(3) As the aftershocks continued and the media broadcasted images of destroyed cities and reports on the nuclear plants over and over again, those of us spared of the suffering reflected on the sorrow and fear among those in the devastated areas. We wanted to do something for them.
(4) Some people are concerned about the safety of the people they love. Many are struggling to survive in shelters. Many are experiencing difficulties every day in life outside these refuges, too. In the meantime, there are many people who now wish to offer their help and energy on the ground as volunteers, and there are lots of people and companies wishing to provide relief goods and supplies.
(5) The mission of this website is: “To gather and deliver as much information as possible, and that is as accurate as possible, to people in the devastated areas (victims, local governments and volunteers), and to others (those wishing to send supplies or volunteer to help.”
(6) This website has been established to aid this process, particularly during these next few months while the infrastructure has yet to fully recover and the situation in devastated areas remains difficult. We will collect and post information here about which supplies are in demand and which needs have already been met, as well as what kind of help is needed and what has already been taken care of. Through close communication with the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat’s Disaster Volunteer Coordination Office, we will gather the most accurate information we can.
(7) We will also be an information hub for wisdom and know-how for volunteers working on the ground, to support them in resolving specific issues they face as they offer their assistance.
(8) We will also make all our many prayers and words of encouragement visible to those suffering in the affected areas.
(9) Many relief organizations and volunteers have valuable experience and know-how through their involvement in the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, Niigata Chuetsu earthquake, and rescue operations for various disasters around the world.
(10) In today’s world, mobile phones, the internet, and social media have developed to allow a remarkable increase in the amount of information that each individual can send out to and share with others. We can now hear voices that were previously unheard and grasp people’s needs more accurately, and find a way to make full use of the power of individuals and teams.
(11) “Tasukeai” means people supporting and helping each other, and we are proud to have such an expression in Japanese. Lives can be saved as we embrace this the word anew today, reflecting on it, and doing what we can.
(12) Regardless of position or title – government, private citizen, non-profit organization, volunteer, municipal worker, self-defense force personnel, mother, aunt or grandfather – we hope we can all help each other save as many lives as possible. We will pour all our efforts into making this website useful for everyone, and we ask that many others join us here.
(1) disaster /dɪˈzɑːstə(r)/ noun 1 [C] an unexpected event, such as a very bad accident, a flood or a fire, that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage
unlike /ˌʌnˈlaɪk/ prep. 1 different from a particular person or thing:
strike /straɪk/ verb (struck, struck /strʌk/) ‣OF DISASTER/DISEASE 5 to happen suddenly and have a harmful or damaging effect on sb/sth: ◇[V] Two days later tragedy struck.
(2) life /laɪf/ noun (pl. lives /laɪvz/) ‣STATE OF LIVING 1 [U] the ability to breathe, grow, reproduce, etc. which people, animals and plants have before they die and which objects do not have:
collective /kəˈlektɪv/ adj. [usually before noun] 1 done or shared by all members of a group of people; involving a whole group or society: 2 used to refer to all members of a group:
(3) aftershock /ˈɑːftəʃɒk/ noun a small EARTHQUAKE that happens after a bigger one
spare /speə(r)/ verb ‣SAVE SB PAIN/TROUBLE 2 ～ sb/yourself (from) sth, to save sb/yourself from having to go through an unpleasant experience: ‣NOT HARM/DAMAGE 3 [usually passive] ～ sb/sth (from sth) (formal) to allow sb/sth to escape harm, damage or death, especially when others do not escape it:
reflect /rɪˈflekt/ verb 4 ～ (on/upon sth) to think carefully and deeply about sth:
devastated /ˈdevəsteɪtɪd/ adj. extremely upset and shocked:
(4) shelter /ˈʃeltə(r)/ noun 3 [C] (often in compounds) a structure built to give protection, especially from the weather or from attack: 4 [C] a building, usually owned by a charity, that provides a place to stay for people without a home, or protection for people or animals who have been badly treated:
refuge /ˈrefjuːdʒ/ noun 1 [U] ～ (from sb/sth) shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.:
on the ˈground, in the place where sth is happening and among the people who are in the situation, especially a war: (ex)On the ground, there are hopes that the fighting will soon stop.
relief /rɪˈliːf/ noun ‣HELP 3 [U] food, money, medicine, etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a war or natural disaster
supply /səˈplaɪ/ noun 2 supplies [pl.] the things such as food, medicines, fuel, etc. that are needed by a group of people, for example an army or EXPEDITION:
(5) accurate /ˈækjərət/ adj. 1 correct and true in every detail:
victim /ˈvɪktɪm/ noun 1 a person who has been attacked, injured or killed as the result of a crime, a disease, an accident, etc.:
(6) aid /eɪd/ verb (formal) to help sb/sth to do sth, especially by making it easier
cabinet /ˈkæbɪnət/ noun 1 (usually the Cabinet) a group of chosen members of a government, which is responsible for advising and deciding on government policy:
(7) hub /hʌb/ noun 1 [usually sing.] ～ (of sth) the central and most important part of a particular place or activity:
know―how, noun [U] (informal) knowledge of how to do sth and experience in doing it:
(8) prayer /preə(r)/ noun 1 [C] ～ (for sb/sth) words which you say to God giving thanks or asking for help:
visible /ˈvɪzəbl/ adj. 1 that can be seen:
(9) Valuable /ˈvæljuəbl/ adj. 1 ～ (to sb/sth) very useful or important:
(10) send sth↔ˈout, 1 to send sth to a lot of different people or places:
grasp /grɑːsp;/ verb 2 to understand sth completely:
(11) anew /əˈnjuː/ adv. (formal) if sb does sth anew, they do it again from the beginning or do it in a different way:
(12) title /ˈtaɪtl/ noun, 4 [C] a name that describes a job:
municipal /mjuːˈnɪsɪpl/ adj. [usually before noun] connected with or belonging to a town, city or district that has its own local government:
personnel /ˌpᴈːsəˈnel; / noun 1 [pl.] the people who work for an organization or one of the armed forces:
pour /pᴐː(r)/ verb 1to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle:
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