Civil Society

May 11, 2013


'Fukushima on the Globe' Website Connects Post-Disaster Fukushima to the World

Keywords: Disaster Reconstruction NGO / Citizen 

JFS/'Fukushima on the Globe' Website Connects Post-Disaster Fukushima to the World
Copyright Center for International Cooperation

The Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) released a portal site, "Fukushima on the Globe," on January 15, 2013, to provide information on Fukushima following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. JANIC aims to offer the latest news on Fukushima in English to people overseas who cannot access information in Japanese, despite their interest in learning about the situation after the earthquake and nuclear accident, and thus to help them maintain support. The site offers text information regarding the current status of clean-up operations, as well as on evacuees, and videos that pass on the actual voices of local residents and foreign visitors to Fukushima.

To date, JANIC has played a role in connecting support groups and individuals by providing information through a domestic site, "Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Activity Information Site," and by managing the "Fukushima NGO Collaboration Space," which was set up in Fukushima. Based on its position as a networking NGO for international cooperations, JANIC has also facilitated collaborations with foreign NGOs, and is considering accelerating its operations through "Fukushima on the Globe."

In addition, while providing an opportunity to find common ground for the struggles against pollution around the world and against radiation damage caused by the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and thus to work together, JANIC aims to encourage global citizens, including those in countries having nuclear power plants or planning to construct these plants, to take action so as not to repeat previous mistakes.