Welcome to Aid for Japan



Help Japan Eathquake and Tsunami Orphans

We help the orphans of Japan's earthquake and tsunami in March 2011


Channel 4

On March 11, Japan was hit by one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in living memory. How can faith help Japan deal with the tragedy? Akemi Solloway practices Shinto, the traditional faith of Japan, in which natural elements are treated as divine powers. Read More »

"Japan's children of the tsunami " 3.11

Documentary describing the 3.11 Tsunami / Nuclear Radiation disaster of March 2011 in interviews with children. 東日本大震災の被災者である子供たちの証言を通して3.11の津波と原発事故のその後を紹介するBBCドキュメンタリー。2012年3月1日放映。Read More »

Aid For Japan, the First Journey

Aid for Japan, the first visiting to Japan's tsunami orphanages in December 2011. Aid for Japan、2011年12月の日本での活動報告ビデオ。 児童養護施設を訪問し、英国から持参したチョコレートとクリスマスカードのプレゼントを子供達に渡しました。Read More »

BBC Radio 4

Akemi Solloway was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about the recent Japan Tragedy. Click here » to listen to her speak about the event. Akemi's interview starts at 9:32 in this live program.
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Welcome to Aid for Japan


On the 11th March 2011 the most powerful earthquake ever to have hit Japan with a magnitude of 9.0 Mw occurred off the Tohoku east coast. This earthquake, which has become known as the Tohoku Earthquake or the Great East Earthquake, occurred at 14.46 JST (05.46 UTC) approximately 70 kilometers east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku with a hypocenter at an underwater depth of approximately 32 kilometers.


Following the terrible and destructive devastation caused by this earthquake it then triggered an even more powerful and destructive tsunami (tidal waves) that reached heights of up to 40.5 meters and travelled up to 10 kilometers inland.

One of the most terrible consequences of the Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami has been the substantial loss of life in Japan. This has resulted in over 350 Japanese children now being orphaned due to the death of both their parents from this event. Also a further 1500 children have lost one of their parents from this event.


‘Aid for Japan’ is a United Kingdom registered charity. It has been setup by Akemi Solloway Tanaka with the aim of giving long-term support to these Japanese children who have been orphaned or lost a parent following this earthquake.

‘Aid for Japan’ aims are to raise money in the United Kingdom from running and organising annual Japanese cultural events and other funding raising events during the year. Monies raised at these events will be used to offer help to these orphaned Japanese children with both their education and other immediate essential needs. ‘Aid for Japan’ will also aim to travel to Japan each year to meet these children and evaluate their immediate needs and then see how the charity’s fund raising can be best targeted to help in this respect.


It is hoped that in due course the charity will be able to report on this web site, how its fund raising has been able to assist these children’s needs. It is also hoped that the charity will be able to report on the progress of the children it wants to help and how these children, who are no longer able to have the love and support of their parents, are now managing to cope both mentally and physically from the terrible trauma they have so tragically suffered following the devastation caused by the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami that occurred on the 11th March 2011, a day that will forever be a day of mourning for all the people of Japan. To remember this day ‘Aid for Japan’ will be running a Japanese cultural charity event called “Bunkasai” which will take place at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

During this event there will be a one minutes silence at approximately 2.46pm as a mark of respect for all those who tragically lost their lives following the event of the Tohoku Earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed.


What We Do

Our registered charity 'AID FOR JAPAN' will provide long-term psychological and educational support by raising money and essential items at Japanese cultural events in the UK.

We travel to Japan to meet the children and find out their needs, film their progress, and show the films at our Japanese cultural events in the UK to raise more support . We have already staged five such events.

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Before we left the U.K., we had contacted several Japanese NPOs (non-profit organisations). They had given us a lot of good advice and helped us get in touch with the right orphanages. We brought chocolates, toys and Christmas cards for all the people we were to visit, including the staff of the orphanages...Read More »
Head of Welfare of the Child Care sector of Miyagi prefecture, Head of the Childrens' Counselling sector of Miyagi prefecture, Chairman of the Foster Parent Association of Miyagi prefecture, a wife of the Chairman of the Foster Parent Association of Sendai city. We left Sendai city station for ...Read More »