Assistance from Overseas

Countries all over the world have sent assistance in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster. By the end of May, aid had been announced from 157 countries, regions, and international organizations worldwide, and no fewer than 27 countries, regions, and international organizations had sent rescue teams and other specialists to take part in relief operations in the disaster areas.

Countries all over the world have sent assistance in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster. By the end of May, aid had been announced from 157 countries, regions, and international organizations worldwide, and no fewer than 27 countries, regions, and international organizations had sent rescue teams and other specialists to take part in relief operations in the disaster areas.

The United States Forces, Japan was among the first to mobilize, starting operations on the very day of the disaster in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures at the request of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense. The United States Armed Forces relief operations were named Operation Tomodachi, after the Japanese word for friend. Approximately 18,000 personnel took part, as well as 20 ships and 140 planes. A parachute team dropped into Sendai Airport and worked to make the airport operational again after the devastation it sustained in the tsunami. The team members managed to restore the runways to a useable state after just five days, making it possible to use the airport as a major base for transportation of vital relief supplies.

Rescue teams also began to arrive from Asian countries soon after the disaster, with teams from South Korea and Singapore arriving in Japan on March 12. Further teams arrived from China on March 13 and from Taiwan on March 14. Taiwan also donated assistance totaling some ¥15 billion, more than any other country, including the United States, as was widely reported in the media.

Activity Areas of International Rescue Teams and Specialists

Activity Areas of International Rescue Teams and Specialists

France United States United Kingdom United States United Kingdom China Indonesia Germany Switzerland Australia New Zealand Israel South Korea Russia Turkey Indonesia South Africa Sri Lanka India Indonesia Turkey Turkey Taiwan Mongolia United States Mongolia South Africa Mexico France Mongolia South Africa Singapore Thailand Jordan

 

  Country, Region, Organization Composition of Team Arrival in Japan Liaison in Japan Base of Operations Remarks
1 South Korea 5 staff workers
2 search and rescue dogs
Arr. 3/12
Dep. 3/23

National  Police Agency

Ministry of Defense

Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/23
(Second Group) 102 rescue workers Arr. 3/14
Dep. 3/23
Relocated to Niigata 3/19
Withdrew 3/23
2 Singapore 5 staff workers
5 search and rescue dogs
Arr. 3/12
Dep. 3/17

National Police Agency

Ministry of Defense

Sōma, Fukushima Prefecture Withdrew 3/15
3 Germany 41 rescue workers
3 search and rescue dogs
Arr. 3/13
Dep. 3/19
Fire and Disaster Management Agency Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/15
4 Switzerland 27 rescue workers
9 search and rescue dogs
Arr. 3/13
Dep. 3/19
Fire and Disaster Management Agency Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/16
5 United States(Excluding US Forces, Japan) 144 rescue workers
(Two USAID teams: one from Fairfax, VA, one from Los Angeles, CA. Both teams include search and rescue dogs)
Arr. 3/13
Dep. 3/19

Fire and Disaster Management Agency

National Police Agency

Ministry of Defense

Ōfunato, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture Arrived at Misawa Air Base
Withdrew 3/19
11 experts from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
34 representatives from the Department of Energy
2 from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Arr. various dates from 3/13   Tokyo, Yokota Air Base, Fukushima Prefecture, etc. Arrived via Narita Airport, Yokota Air Base. Currently in the field.
6 China 15 rescue workers Arr. 3/13
Dep. 3/20

Fire and Disaster Management Agency

Ministry of Defense

Ōfunato, Iwate Prefecture Withdrew 3/20
7 United Kingdom 69 rescue workers
8 journalists
2 search and rescue dogs
Arr. 3/13
Dep. 3/19

Ministry of Defense

Fire and Disaster Management Agency

Ōfunato, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture

Worked together with United States.  Withdrew 3/17

8 New Zealand 7 advance rescue workers
45 rescue workers
Arr. 3/13,14
Dep. 3/19
Fire and Disaster Management Agency Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/18
9 United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination 7 disaster management specialists Arr. 3/13,14
Dep. 3/23
N/A JICA Tokyo Withdrew 3/23
10 United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 3 disaster management specialists Arr. 3/13, 14
Dep. 4/2
N/A JICA Tokyo Took over from the UNDAC team Withdrew 4/2
11 Mexico

12 rescue workers, etc.             6 search and rescue dogs

Arr. 3/14
Dep. 3/19
National Police Agency Natori, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/17
12 Australia 75 rescue workers
2 search and rescue dogs
Arr. 3/14
Dep. 3/21
Fire and Disaster Management Agency Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/19
13 France 134 rescue workers
(includes 11 from Monaco)
Arr. 3/14
Dep. 3/27
National Police Agency Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/19
14 Taiwan 28 rescue workers Arr. 3/14
Dep. 3/19
National Police Agency Natori, Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture Also brought supplies.
Withdrew 3/18
15 Russia 75 rescue workers Arr. 3/14
Dep. 3/22
National Police Agency Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/18
(Second group) 81 rescue workers Arr. 3/16
Dep. 3/22
National Police Agency Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
16 Mongolia 12 rescue workers
1 official from the National Emergency Management Agency of Mongolia
Arr. 3/15
Dep. 3/21
National Police Agency Natori, Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/19
17 World Food Program 13 logistics experts Arr. from 3/15 N/A Tokyo,
Miyagi Prefecture, and
Iwate Prefecture
Setting up mobile food storage facilities, assessing needs. Still in the field.
18 Italy 6 researchers Arr. 3/16
Dep. by 3/21
N/A Tokyo Withdrew 3/21
19 Indonesia 11 rescue workers
4 medical workers
Arr. 3/18
Dep. 3/27
N/A Kesennuma, Shiogama, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture Humanitarian aid, including ascertaining safety of Indonesian citizens
Withdrew 3/23
20 South Africa 45 rescue workers Arr. 3/18
Dep. 3/27
National Police Agency Iwanuma, Natori, Ishinomaki, Tagajō, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 3/25
21 IAEA Team of 16 radiation measurement specialists
1 marine radiation measurement specialist
1 IAEA international assistance coordinator
Arr. from 3/18      Dep. by 4/20 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Around Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture Withdrew 4/20
Team of 3 food monitoring specialists
(Including 1 from the Food and Agriculture Organization)
Arr. 3/26
Dep. 4/1

Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

Local governments

Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma Prefectures, Tokyo Withdrew 4/1
3 boiling water reactor experts Arr. 4/3, 7
Dep. 4/12
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture Withdrew 4/11
22 Turkey 32 rescue workers Arr. 3/19
Dep. 4/11
National Police Agency Rifu, Tagajō, Ishinomaki, Shichigahama, etc., Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 4/8
23 Israel Team of 53 medical support workers Arr. 3/27
Dep. 4/11
N/A Kurihara, Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 4/10
24 India 46 relief and rehabilitation team members Arr. 3/28
Dep. 4/8
National Police Agency Rifu, Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture Withdrew 4/6
25 Jordan Team of 4 medical support workers Arr. 4/25 N/A Fukushima Prefecture Withdrew 5/12
26 Thailand 2 teams of medical support workers (2 per team) Arr. 5/6   Fukushima Prefecture In the field
27 Sri Lanka Team of 15 disaster relief officials (from the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka) Arr. 5/12   Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture In the field

Figures compiled by the government’s Headquarters for Emergency Disaster Response, as of May 21