The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington expresses our deepest condolences to the people and communities affected by the Noto Peninsula earthquake (Jan. 1, 2024) and the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple fires (Dec. 31 and Jan. 2). Our hearts go out to our friends, colleagues, members, and affected individuals and communities.

Please consider supporting some of the following organizations who are sending relief efforts to the affected communities. We have listed some organizations and copied a description of their relief efforts below. Donations to the following organizations can be made in English and/or Japanese.

Seattle Betsuin Arson Restoration Fund

“At 10:00 pm on December 31, 2023, an intruder broke into the temple and sought refuge in the basement. Shortly after, the individual committed arson, resulting in considerable fire and water damage to the basement area. The smoke and water damage extended throughout the entire temple, prompting its closure to all. Efforts are underway to assess the costs of repairing the damage caused. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Hondo (main hall) and Nokotsudo (columbarium) managed to be unscathed from the fire; however, both have not yet been assessed and we fear they are heavily damaged by smoke and moisture. 

In light of this unfortunate situation, we see an opportunity for renewal, rebuilding, and reaffirming our mission to share the message of the Buddha. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community for the outpouring of support. “

Organizations Providing Relief Aid for the Noto Peninsula Earthquake in Japan

Akai Hane / 赤い羽根

“We carry out the furtherance business for disaster volunteer activity as “disaster volunteer, NPO activity support donation” (borasapo, 2024 Noto Peninsula earthquake) to support person suffered from by “2024 Noto Peninsula earthquake” in Central Community Chest of Japan. We will support activities such as volunteer group, NPO performing contribution from all of you as financial funds in cooperation with disaster volunteer centers of stricken area.”


Civic Force

“Civic Force began its response immediately after the disaster in the affected areas are working as ARROWS(Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search) member.”

「Civic Forceは被災地での支援活動を行っています。ご支援をお願いします。」

Japanese Red Cross Society / 日本赤十学社

“The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) began its response immediately after the disaster, and its chapters in the affected areas are working with Red Cross hospitals and Red Cross Blood Centers to assess the extent of the damage.”


Nippon Foundation / 日本財団

“A special fund has been established to provide emergency relief in the event of large-scale damage from a major disaster like an earthquake striking directly below a large urban center or in the Nankai Trough off Japan’s Pacific coast.”



Peace Winds America

“On the evening of January 1, Peace Winds Japan dispatched an eight-person team from its ARROWS disaster response team. The team includes doctors and nurses who specialize in emergency medicine and search-and-rescue work, and they are traveling by land from their Hiroshima headquarters. They will assess the needs on the ground and be joined on January 2 by a second team traveling with Peace Winds search-and-rescue helicopters. Depending on the needs on the ground, they will prepare to conduct search and rescue in collapsed buildings, including with their dog teams; provide emergency medical care; and set up a platform to distribute emergency supplies.”

Second Harvest / セカンドハーベストジャパン

“Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) plans to leave for the disaster-stricken areas on Jan. 5 (Fri) to support.
At a community center in Nanao-city, Ishikawa Prefecture, we will be collaborating with local organizations and disaster relief organizations including “Gorilla”, to provide food and hot-meals by utilizing bottled water, cut-vegetables, rice, and other foods transported from 2HJ’s warehouse in Saitama Prefecture.

2HJ will also conduct surveys to understand critical local needs. In addition to emergency supports, we plan to build a support structure to meet further needs in collaboration with various stakeholders including food companies with which 2HJ has trusted partnerships.”






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Christie JungMarch 31, 2023 ~ July 8, 2023
Taira ShimotsuyaFebruary 27, 2023 ~ June 1, 2023
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Jiwoo JungApril 4, 2022 ~ July 31, 2022
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Ellen UchidaApril 2021 ~ December 19, 2023
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Tomohiro IshiiJanuary 2020 ~ February 2020
Naoki KokubuNovember 1, 2019 ~ 
Randy UnJuly 2019 ~ September 2019
Tomomi July 1, 2019 ~September 13, 2019
Nanami KikuchiAug 7, 2019 ~ August 30, 2019
ChirikoJuly 2019 ~
Misako SatoJuly 22, 2019 ~
Kana KitahamaFebruary 6, 2019 ~ April 30, 2019
Aya OgataFebruary 1, 2019 ~ February 26, 2019
Yuno TanifujiJanuary 28, 2019 ~ March 30, 2019
Shari MonsonOctober 2018 ~ February 2019
Midori NakanoAugust 16, 2018 ~ August 31, 2018
Hiroki IshiiJune 26, 2018 ~ August 31, 2018
Yuka MuroiFebruary 7, 2018 ~ March 2, 2018
Lee Hyung WooFebruary 2018 ~ June 2018
Nao MiyamotoJanuary 28, 2018 ~ April 1, 2018
Hitomi Kase January 2018 ~
Ryoko YamamotoOctober 11, 2017 ~
Raymond SimOctober, 2017 ~
Chihiro KurokawaOctober 9, 2017 ~ December 1, 2017
Tomomi TsukadaAugust 25, 2017 ~ September 13, 2017
Shohgo MiuraJuly 6, 2017 ~ 
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