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Donating to Support Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Efforts
[2016.04.21] Read in: 日本語 | Русский |

From April 14 to April 16, a series of powerful earthquakes caused more than 40 fatalities in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures on the island of Kyūshū. This article presents information on how to make donations to support relief efforts.

Information about donating to major organizations supporting relief efforts following earthquakes in Kumamoto and surrounding areas, as of April 19, is given below. Note that most websites for Japanese organizations are in Japanese only. Unless otherwise stated, bank transfers can only be made within Japan.

Direct Donations to Kumamoto Prefecture Fund (until June 30)

Bank Transfer
Recipient: Kumamoto Earthquakes Donations (熊本地震義援金)

Bank/financial institution: Higo Bank (肥後銀行)
Branch: Kenchō (prefectural office) (県庁支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 1639261

OR

Bank/financial institution: Kumamoto Bank (熊本銀行)
Branch: Kenchō (prefectural office) (県庁支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 3012170

There is no charge for making a bank transfer at the counter when donating via these banks.

Postal Transfer (at Japan Post Bank and post offices)
Recipient: Kumamoto Earthquakes Donations (熊本地震義援金)

Account number: 00940-0-174320

There is no charge for making a postal transfer at the counter.

Further details (Japanese only).

Akaihane (Central Community Chest) (until June 30)

Bank Transfer
Recipient: Kumamoto Prefecture Community Chest (社会福祉法人 熊本県共同募金会)

Bank/financial institution: Higo Bank (肥後銀行)
Branch: Suidōchō (水道町支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 1281400

OR

Bank/financial institution: Kumamoto Bank (熊本銀行)
Branch: Hanabata (花畑支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 0025449

OR

Recipient: Central Community Chest ((福)中央共同募金会熊本地震義援金)

Bank/financial institution: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (三井住友銀行)
Branch: Tokyo Government & Public Institutions Business Office (東京公務部)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 0162585

From April 18, there is no charge for making a bank transfer when donating via SMBC.

Further details (Japanese only).

Nippon Foundation: Special Fund for Disaster Relief

Credit Card
Via website (Japanese only).

Bank Transfer
Fill in form on website (Japanese only) before making transfer.

Recipient: The Nippon Foundation (公益財団法人日本財団)
Bank/financial institution: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (三菱東京UFJ銀行)
Branch: Kiyonami (きよなみ支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 2443179

Further details (Japanese only).

Japanese Red Cross (until June 30)

Postal Transfer (at Japan Post Bank and post offices)
Recipient: Japanese Red Cross 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes Fund (日赤平成28年熊本地震災害義援金)

Account number: 00130-4-265072

There is no charge for making a postal transfer at the counter.

Bank Transfer
Fill in form on website (Japanese only) before making transfer.

Recipient: Japanese Red Cross (日本赤十字社)

Bank/financial institution: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (三井住友銀行)
Branch: Suzuran (すずらん支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 2787530

OR

Bank/financial institution: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (三菱東京UFJ銀行)
Branch: Yamabiko (やまびこ支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 2105525

OR

Bank/financial institution: Mizuho Bank (みずほ銀行)
Branch: Kunugi (クヌギ支店)
Account number: ordinary (普通) 0620308

Further details (Japanese only).

Peace Winds Japan

Credit Card
Via Paypal on website (English).

Postal Transfer (at Japan Post Bank and post offices)
Recipient: Peace Winds Japan (ピース ウィンズジャパン)
Account number: 00160-3-179641
Specify that it is a donation for Kumamoto earthquake relief by writing 熊本地震緊急寄付 in the section marked 通信欄.

Further details (English).

GlobalGiving: Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

Credit Card
Via website (English).

Other Ways of Donating
Via website (English).

Japan Society: Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

Credit Card/Check
Via website (English).

(Prepared by the Nippon.com editorial department on April 19, 2016. Banner photo: Customers support Kumamoto Prefecture by buying products at its antenna shop Ginza Kumamoto Honkan in Tokyo on April 17.)

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