Relief Money in Response to the Earthquake Centered in the Kumamoto Region of Kumamoto Prefecture 2016

Following the Earthquake Centered in the Kumamoto Region of Kumamoto Prefecture 2016, the Government of Japan decided to accept relief money from foreign governments, foreign individuals, companies and Japanese residents abroad, in the following manner:

1. Information regarding Relief Money donations at the Consulate

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is accepting donations. The relief money received by the Consulate will be sent to the account of the Government of Japan later. (Donations will be accepted until March 31, 2018)
If you wish to send your donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society, please contact the Consulate. The donations sent from the Consulate to the Japanese Red Cross Society will be used as “Gien-kin(donations).” After relief money is received by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and sent to the account of the Government of Japan or to the Japanese Red Cross Society, the money will be delivered to the affected people through local governments (receiving of relief money to the Japanese Red Cross Society at the Consulate will end on June 30, 2016).

1. Donation Methods

a. Donation at the Consulate
b. Donation by mail

2. Procedure

a. Donating at the Consulate Office

People who are interested in donating at the Consulate office must download the Donation Form (see 3.). Please bring this form and check with you to the Japan Information and Cultural Center window at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco.

     【Address for the Japan Information and Cultural Center】
     Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
     275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
     San Francisco, CA 94111
     Visit our homepage for our office location

NOTE: Any cash donations will not be accepted. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

b. Donating by mail

People who are interested in donating by mail must download and fill out the Donation Form (see 3.).  Please send the completed form and check to the address below:

     【Address to send donations by mail】
     General Affairs Section (Attention: Kumamoto)
     Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
     275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
     San Francisco, CA 94111

NOTE:
・ Any cash donations will not be accepted. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
・ The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco will NOT be responsible for lost mail.

3. Donation Form

Please download the pdf file “Donation Form” here.
 

4. Checks

Please make checks payable to “Consulate General of Japan”.
 

5. For Further Inquiries:

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
Japan Information and Cultural Center
Phone: (415) 780-6085
Email: japaninfo@sr.mofa.go.jp

2. Japanese Red Cross Society Account Information

The Japanese Red Cross Society was also accepting relief money provided voluntarily from overseas Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, governments, individuals, as “Kyuen-kin (relief funds)” (the distinction between “Kyuen-kin(relief funds)” and “Gien-kin(donations)” is explained in the account information section). But it ended on June 15, 2016.

Note: Definition of “Gien-kin” and “Kyuen-kin” for the Japanese Red Cross Society
“Gien-kin”: funds send by the Japanese Red Cross Society to affected local governments and municipalities, which are then given to affected people.
“Kyuen-kin”: funds that will be directly used by the Japanese Red Cross Society to perform relief and rescue operations related to this specific earthquake disaster.

3. Relief Money Acceptance Account by Local Governments of the Affected Area

Local governments of the affected area have also opened accounts to accept donations. Please check websites of each local governments for more information. If you wish to see the information of the account opened by Kumamoto Prefecture, which is one of the most severely affected areas, please check the following website.

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