Australian Embassy Tokyo:
Australia is with Minami Sanriku
immediately after the earthquake and tsunami, a 76-strong Urban
Search and Rescue Team from Australia was dispatched to the town to
search for survivors. Australia and Minami Sanriku have since then
forged a special and lasting friendship.
and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ)
supported the construction of the Minami Sanriku Australia Friendship
Learning Centre, also known as "Koala House", officially
opened on 1 Feb 2013. This was the first permanent building to be
built in the town after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Partnering
with Lend Lease Japan - who provided project management services
throughout the building's construction on a pro-bono basis - ensured
that Australian cultural themes were applied to the building's
design, as a tribute to Australia's strong support of Minami Sanriku.
Foundation: Supporting Minami Sanriku
2013, Lendlease Japan has been running regular volunteer trips to
Minami Sanriku and encouraged around 370 of its employees to visit
the town 14 times through this program. Each visit lasts two days and
provides participants with opportunities to volunteer and learn from
the local communities.
Meat & Livestock Australia:
Together with Japan
MLA's Together with Japan initiative, the Australian beef industry
has delivered on-the ground relief such as food supplies to
evacuation centres and delivery of cattle feed to Tohoku producers;
conducted producer-to-producer exchange programs; and most recently
supported five Tohoku students to visit Australia and learn about
Australian cattle production systems.
Rio Tinto Japan
March 2011 disaster, Rio Tinto have directed their community
activities to supporting the Tohoku region, with a focus on children
and youth, namely through their scholarship fund and their support of
NPOs "Arts for Hope" and "Vigor Japan".