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At a glance: Japan


Two years after earthquake and tsunami in Japan, commitment to affected children remains strong
Japan, 7 March 2013 – It has been two years since UNICEF entrusted the Japan Committee for UNICEF with performing the vital role of extending support to children in Japan for the first time in some 50 years, following the earthquake and tsunami that affected hundreds of thousands of people in northeast Japan.

In Japan, football star Makoto Hasebe appeals for support for the world's children
TOKYO, Japan, 3 October 2012 - “This will become the symbol of our town’s recovery,” said mayor of Minami-Sanriku Cho Jin Sato of the town’s new kindergarten.

Student penpals in Afghanistan and Japan share hope amid hardship
FUKUSHIMA, Japan/KABUL, Afghanistan, 6 July 2012 – Sara's dream of seeing Yuka has finally come true. The two teenagers were great friends although they had never actually met.

One year after the quake disaster in Japan, children's photographs reveal recovery
NEW YORK, USA, 14 March 2012 – It has been one year since Japan’s ‘3/11’ tragedy, the 11 March earthquake that set off a cascade of disasters on a scale scarcely imaginable.

UN Secretary-General meets students affected by the diaster in Japan
FUKUSHIMA, Japan, 10 August 2011 – Japanese youth must combine their strengths to help facilitate the nation’s recovery, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told a crowd of high school students this month in Fukushima City, while on a three-day trip to Japan.

Government of Japan supports therapeutic feeding to treat malnutrition in Ethiopia
FEDIS DISTRICT, Ethiopia, 9 August 2011 – Zara Ahmed is worried. The youngest of her seven children, 10-month-old Nayle Kelifa, has not been eating well and has lost a lot of weight. Drought in eastern Ethiopia has delayed the harvest of corn, peanuts, cabbage, potatoes and other vegetables that Ms. Ahmed relies on to feed her children.

In Kabul, the Government of Japan funds new classrooms to improve education
KABUL, Afghanistan, 5 July 2011 – New classrooms, chairs and desks mean better education at Shirino High School, one of the schools renovated and refurbished with funds from the Government of Japan as part of its ‘1,000 Classrooms’ initiative.

At Japan global meeting on development goals, UNICEF Executive Director highlights equity
TOKYO, Japan, 6 June 2011 – Reaching the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children and families is the need of the hour. That was the overarching message conveyed by Executive Director Anthony Lake late last week at a meeting hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the UN Development Programme, the World Bank and UNICEF.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim donates prize money to Japan quake survivors
SEOUL, Republic of Korea, 4 May 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim says she will donate her silver prize money of $27,000 from the World Figure Skating Championships to children affected by the Japanese earthquake.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visits children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 26 April 2011 – The small classroom at Nouvelle Source School in Port-au-Prince was bustling with students when UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi arrived to join them in drawing messages of support for children in Japan.

Delivering health care to infants in earthquake-stricken Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 25 April 2011 – “Learning my baby girl is in good health, I feel so relieved,” says Mariko Matsuno, holding her 5-month-old daughter in her arms. It’s the first time her infant has had a check-up since March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Moroccan children send messages of solidarity to earthquake-hit Japan
RABAT, Morocco, 25 April 2011 – Hafsa Zerhouni, 10, understands what Japanese children are going through following last month’s earthquake, even though she lives thousands of miles away in Morocco.

Students in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture return to school a month after the quake
TOKYO, Japan, 12 April 2011 – For four weeks, the Second Onagawa Primary School building in Miyagi Prefecture was empty, but now students are back in its classrooms and filling its corridors with their laughter. Nearly 800 children returned to the school today, a month after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March.

Despite tragedy at home, Japan continues support for schools in Guinea-Bissau
BUBA REGION, Guinea-Bissau, 11 April 2011 – The Nhala Primary School classroom in Buba is filled with extraordinary excitement when students hear that they are about to receive textbooks. This textbook distribution, part of a major UNICEF programme supported by the Government of Japan, is the first one since 2004 in this fragile West African country stricken by political instability and poverty.

UNICEF sets up child-friendly spaces in quake-affected areas of Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 5 April 2011 – The children’s eyes sparkled with excitement when the Japan Committee for UNICEF staff opened a box of early childhood development kits to reveal colourful toys and dolls at a shelter in earthquake-hit north-eastern Japan.

Major League Baseball and players association commit $500,000 to UNICEF toward Japan relief effort
NEW YORK, USA, 28 March 2011 – Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are joining together to contribute $500,000 toward earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan to UNICEF, and will be encouraging baseball fans to support the effort during Opening Week and dates following. In-stadium fundraising drives will allow fans to join MLB and the MLBPA in offering additional support to the relief efforts.

UNICEF reaches out to families and children in earthquake-hit Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 24 March 2011 – The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit north-eastern Japan has left thousands of children without homes and in desperate need of essential supplies, medical and psychosocial support.

Japanese staff members from UNICEF head home to help with disaster response
NEW YORK, USA, 23 March 2011 – “If I can be useful, I prefer to go,” said UNICEF Intergovernmental Affairs Officer Miho Fukuhara, who is returning to Japan to help her home country recover from this month’s triple disaster.

UNICEF Executive Director offers sympathy and support to survivors of Japan quake tragedy
NEW YORK, USA, 14 March 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today issued a statement conveying the organization’s deep concern and support for the Japanese people in the aftermath of the disaster they have experienced in recent days.

Japan partners with UNICEF to help eradicate polio in Angola
TOKYO, Japan, 28 February 2011 – The Government of Japan has contributed approximately $4.7 million towards UNICEF’s efforts to eradicate polio in Angola.

Japan funds ongoing support for children and families affected by 2008 Rwanda quake
RUSIZI, Rwanda, 20 January 2011 – A Japanese Government delegation – joined by UNICEF officials and local leaders from Rusizi District in western Rwanda – recently visited several sites where rehabilitation work is under way in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake that hit the area in February 2008.

UNICEF and Japan support improved education and health for vulnerable Somali children
BURAO, Somalia, 13 January 2011 – Teacher Faisal Ahmed turns from the blackboard and asks his class of eager teenagers about metres squared and metres cubed. In the third row from the front, Hibaq Abdirahman glances down at the math textbook on the desk before her, then shoots her hand up to explain the difference between area and volume.

Japan supports UNICEF in the fight against polio
TOKYO, Japan, 22 December 2010 – The Government of Japan has made a total contribution of approximately $25.4 million for the prevention of polio and other infectious diseases in Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan in the past month. Since 1993, Japan has been actively providing oral polio vaccines to the world’s children through UNICEF.

For returned refugees in eastern Afghanistan, a community school make a difference
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, 16 November, 2010 – Until a few years ago, Nadak Bilak, a small village on a dusty plateau in eastern Afghanistan, had no access to safe water and little in the way of infrastructure. Twenty-eight former refugee families who had returned from Pakistan were settled here by the government, living in nothing more than mud houses.

Ethiopian short film wins UNICEF Prize at international contest in Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 3 November 2010 – An Ethiopian TV series that featured a short film about a young woman who challenges harmful practices has won the UNICEF Prize at an international film contest in Japan. The Whiz Kids Workshop film, entitled ‘Involve Me – Yemeserach,’ highlights children’s work in addressing issues such as exploitation and early marriage.

UNICEF and Japanese Government support new child-friendly schools in Angola
DAMBA MARIA, Angola, 25 June 2010 – Japan’s Ambassador to Angola, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, has officially handed over the first of 20 child-friendly schools, financed by the Government of Japan, to Angola’s Ministry of Education.

In Japan, Anthony Lake cites 'moral imperative' of achieving development goals
TOKYO, Japan, 12 May 2010 – On the second day of his first visit to Japan as UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake met today with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada – as well as other government officials, representatives of the Parliamentary League for UNICEF, Japanese Goodwill Ambassadors and children.

Japan’s UNICEF House offers visitors a window into the agency’s global work
TOKYO, Japan, 13 April 2010 – UNICEF House in the Minato ward of Tokyo is unlike any other building or museum in the world.

Child rights advocates seek to strengthen laws against child pornography in Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN, 31 March 2010 – In recent months, the Japan Committee for UNICEF has been building momentum with its ‘Say “No” to Child Pornography’ campaign. The campaign seeks to reform Japanese law and criminalize not only the sale and manufacture of child pornography, but also its possession and purchase.

Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan reflects on her travels on behalf of UNICEF
TOKYO, JAPAN, 22 March 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan – a renowned Asian pop singer, doctor of education and television personality – has made more than a dozen trips to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East since she began working with Japan Committee for UNICEF in1998. Alongside her work with UNICEF, Dr. Chan also promotes peace and lobbies on behalf of women and children’s rights.

Japanese government donates 1.3 million dollar grant for the reduction of maternal and child mortality in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 29 December 2009 – The Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Ambassador Keiichi Katakami has exchanged notes with the UNICEF Representative to Sierra Leone, Mahimbo Mdoe for the Government of Japan’s grant of 1.3 million dollars for the prevention and control of infectious diseases, in support of efforts by the Government to reduce child and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone.

Japan donates an additional $4.6 million to continue child immunization drive in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 17 November 2009 – His Excellency Shigeyuki Hiroki, Ambassador of Japan, and UNICEF Representative for Afghanistan Catherine Mbengue have signed an agreement to maintain and extend immunization programmes for children in Afghanistan.

Japan promotes Global Handwashing Day for better hygiene
TOKYO, Japan, 15 October 2009 – Today, millions of children and adults in over 80 countries are marking the second annual Global Handwashing Day with special events and activities. As part of this effort, the Japan Committee for UNICEF and its partners have launched a project to promote handwashing among children in Japan and around the world.

UNICEF and Japan celebrate a 60-year partnership
TOKYO, Japan, 7 October 2009 – UNICEF and the Government of Japan are celebrating a partnership that began 60 years ago this month, when a ship laden with powdered milk and other relief supplies from UNICEF arrived in post-war Japan.

Ann M. Veneman and Agnes Chan launch ‘Progress for Children’ in Tokyo
TOKYO, Japan, 6 October 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, accompanied by UNICEF Japan Goodwill Ambassador Agnes Chan, released ‘Progress for Children: A Report Card on Child Protection’ at a press conference held at the Tokyo office of the Japan Committee for UNICEF today.

Japan’s new First Lady visits UNICEF for first public engagement
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2009 – First Lady of Japan Miyuki Hatoyama chose to visit UNICEF headquarters today as the site of her first public appearance since her husband, Yukio Hatoyama, was elected Prime Minister earlier this month.

Grant from the Government of Japan supports child survival in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 19 August 2009 – UNICEF Nigeria has received 8.5 million dollars, from the Government of Japan, to support polio eradication, routine immunization and malaria prevention efforts.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi celebrates 25 years of service
TOKYO, Japan, 20 May 2009 – With tributes, accolades and video messages from UNICEF’s leadership and a host of dignitaries, Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi recently celebrated a quarter-century of dedicated service to UNICEF and the world’s children.

Japanese aid helps reduce child mortality and morbidity in DR Congo
KWILU-NGONGO, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 April 2009 – Like many other provinces in DR Congo, Bas-Congo province does not have enough kindergartens for children. Even where preschools exist, they charge fees that most parents cannot afford. Thus, many young children stay at home, often with older siblings or parents who otherwise could seek for employment.

Saying ‘No’ to child pornography in Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 18 November 2008 – Akihabara is one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist destinations. It is a neighbourhood known for its shops, specifically those that sell advanced electronic gadgets and appliances. But Akihabara is also becoming known for its DVD shops, many of which sell pornographic movies and magazines that depict the sexual exploitation of children.

Young ‘Peace Messengers’ from Yokohama donate $160,000 to support children
NEW YORK, USA, 10 November 2008 – During a meeting at UNICEF headquarters in New York this morning, Executive Director Ann M. Veneman thanked four children from Japan for their efforts to promote international peace. The Yokohama ‘Peace Messengers’, ranging in age from 11 to 15, raised approximately $160,000 for children’s causes in 2008.

Fond memories and clear challenges for 2008 J8 Summit delegates
CHITOSE, Japan, 28 July 2008 – For 39 young people who gathered in Chitose on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, earlier this month, the G8 meeting of world leaders was more than just a distant, high-level international event.

J8 delegates’ action plan grabs the attention of G8 leaders
CHITOSE CITY, Hokkaido, Japan. 8 July 2008 – After days of intense sessions, during which they debated and then drafted their ‘Chitose Declaration’ on issues of concern to the world’s children, 9 of the 39 Junior 8 Summit delegates here boarded a bus yesterday to go to the site of the G8 Summit of world leaders.

Junior 8 Summit delegates use online workspace to advance their viewpoints
CHITOSE CITY, Hokkaido, Japan, 6 July 2008 - Every evening after dinner they begin to congregate in the dimly lit lobby of the hotel. Small groups of teenagers sit with their laptops open, their faces tinted blue by the computer screens, typing busily as a collective ‘click-click’ fills the room.

Young delegates’ hopes are high as ‘Junior 8’ Summit opens in Japan
HOKKAIDO, Japan, 3 July 2008 – The Junior 8 Summit opened yesterday with thunderous performance by young local drummers at a traditional ceremony in Hokkaido, Japan. The meeting brings together a group of children and young people who promise to make an even bigger noise on the world stage.

Children and young people from developing nations prepare for Junior 8 Summit
CHITOSE CITY, Hokkaido, Japan, 1 July 2008 ­– On the eve of the opening of the 4th Junior 8 Summit, children and young people from seven non-G8 countries have gathered here to discuss the global issues that are most pressing to them and their communities.

Japan donates more than $8 million for child survival programmes in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 23 June 2008  On Friday, 20 June, the Government of Japan donated $8.04 million to UNICEF for child survival programmes in Nigeria. The grant is for polio eradication, routine immunization and malaria prevention.

Japan donation supports maternal health and child survival in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, 10 June 2008 – Under a new agreement signed with UNICEF, the Government of Japan will provide $4.3 million to health programmes in Afghanistan. Approximately 7.5 million children will benefit from improvements in infectious disease prevention and control as a result of the funding.

Government of Japan donates $4.3 million for child survival in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 10 June 2008 – At an official signing ceremony in Luanda last week, the Government of Japan made a major contribution to help UNICEF continue its work with the Government of Angola on preventing infectious diseases among children.

Religious leaders meet in Hiroshima to reaffirm their commitments to children
HIROSHIMA, Japan, 6 June 2008  Over 1,300 religious leaders and UN officials from around the world recently participated in the Third Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Hiroshima, Japan. The forum focused on the role that religious and spiritual traditions can play in improving the lives of children.

‘The State of Africa’s Children’ calls for united action to boost child survival
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF globally launched ‘The State of Africa’s Children 2008: Child Survival’ in Yokohama City, Japan, at the occasion of the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV).

Virtual ‘dialogue’ connects youths from Africa and Asia
TOKYO, Japan, 27 May 2008 – As a lead-up to the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), youths from Africa and Asia came together to share their perspectives on the theme of a ‘Vibrant Africa’ yesterday.

UNICEF highlights water and sanitation at G8 Development Ministers’ Meeting in Tokyo
TOKYO, Japan, 11 April 2008 – UNICEF had an unprecedented opportunity to address the G8 Development Ministers’ Meeting on Millennium Development Goals and human security issues, which concluded earlier this week in Tokyo.

Japan contributes a total of $109 million to benefit children in 25 countries
TOKYO, Japan, 2 April 2008 – In reaffirming its commitment to the world’s disadvantaged children, the Government of Japan has announced a $109 million donation to support UNICEF’s work around the world.

David Beckham urges children to use Junior 8 Summit to make their voices heard
LONDON, United Kingdom, 20 March 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has called on young people to take part in UNICEF’s Junior 8 Summit, a young person’s version of the annual G8 meeting of world leaders. Beckham called on 13- to 17-year-olds in G8 nations to enter the competition for a chance to represent their countries at the J8 Summit in Japan.

Key delegates gather in Tokyo as part of the International Year of Water and Sanitation
TOKYO, Japan, 26 February 2008 – As the International Year of Sanitation continues, Japan took the lead in efforts to scale up humanitarian interventions when key delegates met for a sanitation symposium held at United Nations University in Tokyo last Friday.

East Asian leaders commit to improving toilets and hygiene
BEPPU CITY, Japan, 3 December 2007 – More than 170 delegates from 14 East Asian nations gathered last weekend in Beppu City, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, for the first East Asia Ministerial Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene.

At announcement of Junior 8 Summit 2008 in Japan, an appeal for youth participation
TOKYO, Japan, 2 November 2007 – The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF jointly announced today that Junior 8 Summit 2008 will take place in Chitose, on the island of Hokkaido – including the scenic Shikotsu Lake area – from 2 to 9 July 2008.

Internet documentary on Liberian refugee school wins UNICEF award at Japan Prize 2007
TOKYO, Japan, 31 October 2007 – 'Inspirations: A West African Story', a documentary about a school for Liberian refugee children in Ghana, has won a special UNICEF award at Japan Prize 2007, an international educational programme contest organized by NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

Young ‘Peace Messengers’ from Yokohama support UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 30 October 2007 – Four young ‘Peace Messengers’ from Japan’s second largest city today presented UNICEF with a cheque for 17.3 million yen, or about $150,000.

Japan supports promotion of bednets to prevent malaria in Ghana
GUOMONGO VILLAGE, Ghana, 10 September 2007 – Malaria remains the largest single killer of children in Ghana, taking a toll of approximately 20,000 child deaths every year. One in every four deaths of Ghanaian children under the age of five is due to the mosquito-borne disease.

In Japan, FC Barcelona raises AIDS awareness and support for children at risk
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 9 August 2007 – Thousands of FC Barcelona fans walked into Nissan Stadium earlier this week dressed in their team jerseys, eager to see football stars such as Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and the squad’s latest addition, Thierry Henry, in action.

Visitors see services provided to families displaced by conflict in northern Uganda
AMURU, Uganda, 14 May 2007 – Two high-level visitors, one a Korean celebrity and the other a Japanese Parliamentarian, recently travelled here to observe firsthand the situation of children and women affected by conflict in northern Uganda and to participate in a ‘Child Health Days’ campaign.

Yokohama ‘Peace Messengers’ bring their city’s goodwill to UNICEF and UN
NEW YORK, USA, 8 November 2006 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah met with a youth delegation from Yokohoma, Japan at UN headquarters in New York yesterday.

Former UNICEF Executive Director receives humanitarian award in Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 6 November 2006 – Former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy has been awarded Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan.

Japan donation protects flood-affected children from malaria and polio
ADDIS ABABA, 29 August 2006 – UNICEF has received $4.7 from the Government of Japan for malaria control and polio eradication in Ethiopia.

UNICEF Executive Director urges world religious leaders to advance women’s rights
NEW YORK, USA, 28 August 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has appealed to the religions of the world to help advance the cause of women’s rights.

Japanese children speak up to fight AIDS
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 24 August 2006 – UNICEF youth activists issued an appeal at the AIDS Forum in Yokohama, an annual event promoting public awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention.

‘Religions for Peace’ Youth Assembly opens in Japan to promote non-violence
NEW YORK, USA, 21 August 2006 – More than 300 young religious leaders from countries around the globe have gathered in Japan this week to promote peace and reconciliation.

Japan donates $16 million to help prevent childhood diseases in four African nations
NEW YORK, USA, 4 August 2006 – The Government of Japan has announced a nearly $16 million donation to UNICEF, to help reduce child mortality and achieve Millennium Development Goals in four African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sudan.

Youth take the stage at HIV/AIDS symposium
TOKYO, Japan, 1 June 2006 –The UNICEF symposium on HIV/AIDS, sponsored by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Yomiuri Shimbun News Paper, was held at Tokyo U-port theater on 23 May.

Japan and UNICEF reaffirm commitments to children during visit by Executive Director
TOKYO, Japan, 12 April 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited Japan this week as an official guest of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reaffirming the significance of the partnership between UNICEF and Japan to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals and promote the rights of children. The four-day visit featured high-level meetings with royalty, politicians, celebrities and children.

Japan donates $76 million to UNICEF for avian flu preparedness and peace-building
NEW YORK, USA, 29 March 2006 – Renewing its commitment to the world’s children, the Government of Japan has announced a $76 million donation to support UNICEF’s work.

UNICEF thanks Fuji TV for its longstanding support
NEW YORK, USA, 17 March 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today thanked Fuji TV, one of the biggest TV networks in Japan, for its consistent support of UNICEF’s work.

Poster contest in Tokyo raises awareness about HIV/AIDS
TOKYO, Japan, 13 March 2006 – Children have been largely invisible in the world’s response to HIV/AIDS, but a poster contest held in Tokyo has helped put them back in the picture.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan launches new album at UNICEF HQ in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 7 March 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan launched her new album ‘Forget Yourself’ with a live performance at UNICEF Headquarters in New York last night.

Japan donates $3.7 million to help eradicate polio in Egypt
CAIRO, 1 September 2005 – As Indonesia strives to contain a recent polio outbreak, Egypt is in the last stages of freeing itself from the disease, which once crippled thousands of children here every year.

Natsuno Shinagawa: Getting young people involved in today’s world
NEW YORK, 18 August 2005 – “In Japan, there are too many youth who are unaware of what’s happening around the world,” said eighteen-year-old Natsuno Shinagawa. “And I believe if young people become more involved with solving global problems, this world will be a better place,” added the high school senior, who lives in Tochigi, a city just outside Tokyo.

Japan contributes $4.7 million to create healthier lives for Afghan children
KABUL, Afghanistan, 6 July 2005 – In its latest humanitarian gesture to help children of Afghanistan lead healthier lives, Japan has contributed $4.7 million to be used for immunization projects across the country.

World renowned pianist Lang Lang gives a concert to honour UNICEF’s supporters in Japan
TOKYO, 26 May 2005 – Lang Lang, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned pianist, recently held a piano recital dedicated to the numerous Japanese citizens who have lent their support to UNICEF over the years.

Japan Committee for UNICEF celebrates 50 years
TOKYO, Japan, 1 May 2005 - Japanese youth and children sang and danced along with marching bands in the crowded streets of Tokyo to celebrate the Japan Committee for UNICEF’s 50th Anniversary.

Japan Committee’s Flag Project brings together messages from children across the globe
DAKAR, Senegal, 5 April 2005 – In Guédiawaye, a neighbourhood on the poverty-stricken outskirts of Dakar, pupils at the Ndiarème B Primary School are getting ready for a special project. They’re crowding around a white canvas flag - coloured pens in hand - ready to cover it with messages to children in Japan. Among them is a little girl in a pink shirt, brandishing a hot pink pen. Moving forward through the crowd, she writes in big block letters on the flag: “We thank UNICEF for giving us a future.”  Next to her a boy writes in red: “Put down weapons so that children can learn.”

Jackie Chan helps UNICEF Japan celebrate 50 years
TOKYO, 15 March 2005 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and filmstar Jackie Chan along with Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Agnes Chan Miling recently made a special visit to Keiyou Primary School in Tokyo. The visit, which took place on 9 March, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Japan Committee for UNICEF and also provided a forum to thank the Japanese people for 50 years of support for children around the world.

UNICEF continues partnership with Japanese Government
NEW YORK, 2 March 2005 - UNICEF and the Government of Japan are developing a closer partnership in order to provide better humanitarian and development assistance, according to UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Toshiyuki Niwa.

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi raises another $1 million for UNICEF
TOKYO, 31 January 2005 – Renowned Japanese TV personality and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi raised yet another $1 million in 2004 to help UNICEF in its work for the world’s children.

UNICEF thanks Japan for generous aid donation
NEW YORK, 12 January 2005 - The government of Japan has allocated seventy million dollars to UNICEF to assist in the tsunami relief effort. Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shuzen Tanigawa announced that his government would donate 250 million dollars to international aid organisations for immediate emergency relief. It is part of Japan’s total aid package of 500 million dollars to tsunami-hit countries.

Japan donates $3.5 million to bring water and sanitation to children in Darfur
TOKYO, 26 October 2004 – The Japanese government today made a donation of $3.5 million in response to the deepening crisis in the Darfur region. The donation will help mitigate the serious shortage of safe drinking water and improve sanitation facilities in camps for displaced people and in their host communities.

Japan donates $5 million to improve health and nutrition care for children in DPR Korea
TOKYO, 5 August 2004 – The Japanese Government has announced the donation of $5 million to support UNICEF’s work in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).




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