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A bond with Tomodachi - Exhibition by Japan Disaster Recovery Support

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To commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan Disaster Recovery Support (JDRS) is exhibiting photographs selected from over 2,000 images from the relief activities records of Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Forces in Japan taken in the devastated areas. 

Through this exhibition, we would like to express our gratitude to those who joined the relief efforts and also remind ourselves of the importance of disaster preparation in hopes of saving future lives.

We would like to thank the US Embassy Tokyo, Reconstruction Agency, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Defense for supporting this exhibition.

Japan Disaster Recovery Support (JDRS) was setup in the prefectures of Shimane, Osaka and Hiroshima eight years ago for the purpose of holding photo exhibitions showcasing the relief activities and volunteer support for people living in the disaster-stricken areas. The JDRS has held 42 exhibitions at various venues, including prefectural and municipal government buildings, department stores and cultural facilities mainly in Osaka, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, and Ehime prefectures, alongside other cities in western Japan. 

At each venue, volunteer groups and local fire departments provided photos of their activities so people in the community could learn about their support. 

Contributions for the disaster-stricken areas recovery left in the donation boxes at the exhibitions were given to Japanese Red Cross.

In March 2019, JDRS was authorized as a non-profit organization and opened its headquarters in Osaka. It currently has 25 members, ranging in age from 22 to 84, living in areas from Tokyo and Kyushu and planning the exhibitions. In addition, we have the support of over 500 volunteers. 

This exhibition at the FCCJ is our first show in eastern Japan. Members of the Tokyo Junior Chamber and university students helped to prepare the exhibition.


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Published in: March 2020

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