NOTE: In order to access information on the recommended sites, some Japanese language ability or an automated translation will be necessary.
This year the typhoon season has been devastating with a number of casualties and several areas in Japan’s central island, Honshu facing severe damage. First, central regions such as Hiroshima were hit with heavy rains that ended in mudslides. This season has also seen two major typhoons causing damage and transportation delays in Tokyo and throughout the surrounding Kanto Region. The most recent, hitting Tokyo on October 12th, led to the evacuation of most water-adjacent areas, such as those near the Tamagawa or Arakawa. Residents in the prefecture of Chiba were hit with major power losses.
With the ground still loose from mud and many days of rain continuing to follow the main typhoon, damage remains in several areas touched by the typhoon. Many of the residential districts that were flooded, particularly those with a high elderly population are in great need of help clearing out mud, brush, debris and helping with general cleaning and airing out of homes so that residents can return without the fear of water damage and mold.
For those living in Tokyo, there are several public sites with postings for temporary volunteer positions as well as non-profit and other volunteer groups if you would like to get involved with something more long term. For those with Japanese language skills, this is a great way to make a short term contribution to the recovery effort, but also to build deep connections in these different communities (perhaps the one you live in!)
For a general posting of natural disaster related volunteer availability, please see the following Master Site, called Saigai VC:
For official listings of volunteer openings in the Tokyo/surrounding regions, you can visit any of the following official sites.
Volunteer in Chiba: https://chiba.shienp.net/
Volunteer in Saitama: https://www.fukushi-saitama.or.jp/site/
Volunteer in Tokyo: https://www.tvac.or.jp/
Volunteer in Kanagawa: http://www.knsyk.jp/