Japan Fund

Fund Recipients

1. Direct assistance to a Todd fan whose family suffered major property loss

2. Ashinaga Emergency Support for Affected Children www.ashinaga.org

Ashinaga, named for the 1912 American novel Daddy-Long-Legs, is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan, which for over 40 years has been providing education-focused financial and emotional support to children who have a parent/guardian with a serious disability, or who have lost one or both parents/guardians due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Each year Ashinaga provides financial support to more than 6,000 students in need; total academic loans and scholarships disbursed exceed US$22 million annually.


Statement: We at Ashinaga express our heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of life and indescribable damage resulting from the massive March 11 Tohoku-Pacific Ocean earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern region of Japan. As in any disaster, children are among the most vulnerable, and Ashinaga is now working vigorously to provide financial, educational, and emotional support to children affected by the catastrophe.

3. Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) www.jears.org

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) is a collaboration of three established and registered no kill animal rescue NPOs in Japan.


Statement: The intention behind the creation of JEARS is to coordinate rescue and support efforts for animals in crisis due to the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami in Northern Japan.

The founding partners are:
David Wybenga and Susan Roberts of Japan Cat Network
Susan Mercer of HEART-Tokushima
Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Friends Niigata

David Wybenga – JEARS, co-founder. Email: david@jears.org

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