Material donations

Many things are needed in the hard hit areas — so time to spring into action you people who want to help!

Many resources are still needed. Orgs are now paying more attention to the people who are staying in their homes as well as those who have move into temp housing

Please do not send unsolicited items – call them directly with questions. Know soon what they need and where specifically you should send them.

Basic information about In-kind (goods) donations
* In Japan often only new or nearly new items will be taken.  Towels, blankets etc. must be cleaned before sending.
* Some groups take clothing –  new underwear, new socks and new shirts are high priorities.
* You will need to pay for transportation costs.

Second Harvest Japan is seeking food and supply donations for the people in the earth-quake-affected areas.

Please do not send expired food or opened packages. Please do not send any clothing! Please pay for shipping:

Send to all items to:
Second Harvest Japan Disaster Relief Food Drive
Mizuta bldg 1F
Asakusabashi 4-5-1, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0053
Needed items:

* Food & Beverage (MUST be unexpired): rice, canned items and retort-pouch food
* Packing gum tape (to seal the boxes for shipping out)

* Donated food and supplies will be used both inside and outside the disaster zone to reach those in need.

Peace Boat Japan is still collecting some basic items
Peace Boat is collecting many items as part of their Emergency Relief campaign for the Tohoku Kanto Earthquake
They can be brought directly or sent to the Tokyo Peace Boat centre:
Please contact the office first to confirm what is needed – this list changes regularly.
For further information contact Meri Joyce at the Peace Boat Office Tokyo. Email: meri(at)
For providing meals: food and cooking condiments, plastic containers (for delivering food), briquette fuel
For clearing mud and debris: cleaning goods including large shovels, bamboo brooms, scourers, mops, waterproof jackets, rainboots, rubber gloves etc
Household and sanitary items: nappies, women’s sanitary items, toilet paper, soap, washing liquid, antiseptic solution etc.
Bicycles: for delivering relief goods, meals etc.
* Other items may also be accepted for donation, however please confirm with Peace Boat before sending.

Read volunteers reports from the ground

Many places in Tohoku are still in need of in-kind donations
福島県(企業等のみ) [福島県災害対策本部物資班]

岩手県(企業・法人受付) [岩手県保健福祉部地域福祉課]

岩手県(個人受付) [義援物資受付センター]

茨城県(企業等のみ) [茨城県保健福祉部福祉指導課]


4 responses to “Material donations

  1. selena

    March 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Hey FYI – I was able to send boxes to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (in Niigata) and Second Harvest (Tokyo), but I just tried to send a parcel to Japan Emergency Team (Miyagi), and it couldn’t be sent. Yu-pack and takkyubin aren’t going through, and my package (just over 4k) was too heavy to send by regular post.

  2. Jane

    April 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Is pet food a requirement at all? I am in contact with a few pet food manufacturers from the UK. Can anyone advise?

    • selena

      May 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Jane – YES! We need pet food!! I am working with Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support now, and we could definitely use pet food donations. We need food at the shelters, and also at our bases in the field for rescue and support missions. Today, I went to an evacuee event and we gave away all the food that would fit in my car in about 30 minutes. Please send me a message: selena AT jears DOT org
      I can give you more information — but we would love it if anyone could help with contacting pet food companies.

  3. Bernd Nurnberger

    June 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Personal transportation is a definite need in the affected areas. Volunteers are building a Tohoku Car Sharing Initiative. More via the Business In Japan Group on LinkedIn


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