Rebuilding Communities and Livelihoods in Japan

by Peace Winds America


The Tohoku economy in Northeast Japan depends on the local fishing industry, devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. Peace Winds America is fishing building sheds for Minamisanriku families living in temporary housing, and providing families with seasonal fishing equipment, which are critical to their business success. We work with local partners and are committed to long-term recovery. With your support PWA is restoring livelihoods and accelerating economic recovery in Northeast Japan.
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The March 2011 tsunami in Japan devastated the Tohoku regional fishing industry. Families lost homes, sheds, boats, and equipment. While some fishing families are returning to work, few can afford the specialized equipment and storage space needed. Many families live in small temporary housing units, and still need outside assistance to rejoin the industry. Production remains well below pre-tsunami levels, leaving the fishing industry far from recovery.


PWA is focusing on ways of empowering individual fishing families and their fishing cooperatives through local partners. We are providing equipment and storage space whose absence is preventing families - often still in modular temporary homes - from getting back to work. We are also working closely with the Tohoku ports, fishing cooperatives, and local NGOs with the goal of addressing the specific barriers to reentering the fishing industry.

Long-Term Impact

The Tohoku region depends on the recovery of the fishing industry. Through support to fishing families and cooperatives, PWA is restoring livelihoods and revitalizing local economies. How and whether the small coastal towns devastated by the tsunami rebuild is dependent on the extent to which their local economies can recover.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


PWA Homepage
PWA Japan Disaster Recovery Page

Organization Information

Peace Winds America

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Jon Ehrenfeld
Seattle, Washington United States