Humanitarian Assistance

Support for the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction

The Great East Japan Earthquake that stuck in March 2011 wrought severe damage across eastern Japan. ITOCHU Corporation takes a long-term view as it continues to provide support for recovery efforts.

Click here for details. (Click here for activities before FYE 2018.)

Disaster Relief for Torrential Rains in July 2020

In July 2020, we contributed 10 million yen to the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Organization "Japan Platform" as disaster relief assistance for the record torrential rain damage mainly in Kyushu (e.g., Kumamoto Prefecture). Please check the Japan Platform website[Open in a new window] to see their support activities.

Disaster Relief for the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake

Reception of a thank-you letter for disaster relief (General Manager Sawanoi of the Hokkaido Branch (left) and Governor of Hokkaido Takahashi (right))
Snow removal tools purchased with donations from ITOCHU employees, in front of a temporary common room

ITOCHU Corporation donated ¥10 million in disaster relief to Hokkaido's government for those affected by the earthquake that occurred with an epicenter in the central and eastern area of the Iburi district in Hokkaido on September 6, 2018.
General Manager Sawanoi of the Hokkaido Branch presented the certificate to Governor Harumi Takahashi of Hokkaido on October 29, expressing his intention for ITOCHU to undertake initiatives that play a role in facilitating Hokkaido's early recovery from the disaster. Governor Takahashi reciprocated with a letter of thanks, stating that disaster countermeasures after the earthquake were proceeding smoothly and that the relief would be used in a meaningful way.
Donations made by ITOCHU employees from September 10 to 26 (along with matched donations by the company that amounted to ¥2,187,072) are being used via the NPO Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) for the following activities centering on Atsuma-cho and its neighboring municipalities, Abira-cho and Mukawa-cho.

  1. Improving the conditions of evacuation shelters (purchase and installation of supplies such as searchlights, etc.)
  2. Support for residents living in temporary housing (winterization, providing tools for snow removal, etc.)
  3. Care for affected children (creating cardboard shoe racks at after-school care facilities, donating picture books, etc.)
  4. Support and collaboration with the disaster volunteer center (provision of supplies and food for activities that enable members of the community to interact), etc.

As of mid-November, nearly 50 people are still living in evacuation shelters. The Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center is continuing support activities while overseeing their transfer to temporary housing planned in December.

Aid to Areas Affected by Major Natural Disasters

For humanitarian reasons, we donate money and provide supplies for emergency relief for those affected by natural disasters both in Japan and overseas.
We collaborated with local branch offices and related organizations to provide the following aid.

Recent examples

Torrential Rains in July 2020 (Jul. 2020)


The Wake of the Australian Wildfire Damage (Jan. 2020)

AUS$200,000 (Approx. ¥15,000,000)

Typhoon No. 19 (Oct. 2019)


Earthquake on Sulawesi Island in Central Indonesia (Oct. 2018)

500,000,000 INR (Approx. ¥3,810,000)

Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake (Sep. 2018)


Torrential Rains in July 2018 (Jul. 2018)


Earthquake Disaster in Northern Osaka (Jun. 2018)


Iran Earthquake (Nov. 2017)

156,520,000 IRR (Approx. ¥500,000)

Chiapas Earthquake (Sep. 2017, Mexico)

200,000 MXN (Approx. ¥1,370,000)

Hurricane Harvey (Sep. 2017)

US$20,000 (Approx. ¥2,260,000)

Torrential Rains in Northern Kyushu (Jul. 2017)


Ecuador Earthquake (Apr. 2016)

US$20,000 (Approx. ¥2,130,000)

Kumamoto Earthquake (Apr. 2016)