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Who We Are

Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan

About Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan

"Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan (PFEJ)" is a new support model which is constructed by Takeo Saijo, Ph.D to accommodate unsupported victims of the unprecedented disaster after March 11th (2011) massive earthquake hit Japan. "Fumbaro" means 'hang in there', especially used by local people in Eastern Japan.

Our activity started from Saijo's epoch-making system, connecting people through the internet. Collect and send support items (e.g. bottled water, canned food, size L men's clothes, diapers, flashlight, etc) to those who really need them using Twitter and website. At the same time, most of the elderly cannot use computers, so we also arranged telephone operators and local volunteers to contact local survivors directly to get their voices, what they really need.

PFEJ is getting bigger and works on many projects now. Many newspapers (e.g.DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE), TV programs, magazines and websites have featured and introduced our works (most of them are in Japanese). Yet we are not an NPO. It’s because of Saijo’s philosophy to avoid spending any administrative costs. Project members are all volunteers, not paid at all. All donations are used 100% for earthquake/tsunami survivors. It is very unique support model/group. Every member belongs to PFEJ as their wish and give their time/effort just for one purpose: support 3.11 survivors. No rights and duties (and no profits).

Later in 2012, Saijo wrote a book about the disaster, how he started PFEJ and has continued. As of Feb 17 2012, it ranked as No. 1 Best Sellers in Books at Amaozon.co.jp (Book is written in Japanese only). All royalties on a book will be donated to PFEJ’s activity including projects’ management, supplies, transportation cost, shipping fee, etc. Also the publisher, DIAMOND Inc., will donate a part of the sales.

We hope many people read this book and do not forget about Tohoku.

Even our members are all volunteers and we are not NPO, it doesn’t mean PFEJ is a chaotic group. Our organization is quite sophisticated (see our organization chart).

Our Mission

Because of the complicated decision-making processes, governments could not reach out promptly to the devastated areas. PFEJ uses its website and twitter to spread/gather information, and made possible to pinpoint needs and deliver supports easily and quickly throughout the afflicted areas.

As a matter of fact, most of the elderly in that areas cannot use smartphones and computers, so we arranged telephone operators and local volunteers to contact such survivors directly to listen to their voices, what they really needed.

We, PFEJ have tried to grasp what survivors really need at that moment with all our strength and support them from the beginning and that will never change. Through our projects, individual supporter’s thoughts, power and contribution are distributed to the survivors.

Our only and most important purpose is supporting 3.11 earthquake/tsunami survivors. We are not NPO, all staffs are working without pay, and all donations go to devastated area. Our system helps to connect supporters from all over Japan (would like to spread this system to all over the world) and the survivors. Moreover, we are not only distributing relief supplies, but also collecting responses from the survivors. We value on human emotion. We encourage the supporters to identify themselves (write name, address and short notes), also encourage the survivors to send the supporters Thank-you note. This simple communication makes their bond real and strong.

PFEJ has developed, changed step by step. That’s because local situation and needs have been changed gradulally. Our more than 1,800 staffs (as of Dec. 2011) make appropriate correspondence possible.

Financial Statements (FY2011)

Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan -- Financial Statements(FY2011)


Financial Statements (FY2012)

Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan -- Financial Statements(FY2012)


Financial Statements (FY2013)

Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan -- Financial Statements(FY2013)