Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

On January 1, 2024, Japan experienced an earthquake near the Noto peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture. More than 200 deaths have been reported, in addition to hundreds of wounded and thousands who have lost their homes.

The Mansfield Foundation is proud to have a long kinship to Ishikawa prefecture. Mansfield Fellows have visited Ishikawa for language study, homestays, and cultural education for more than 20 years, with the experience building to their lifelong connection to the Japanese people. Mansfield Fellows have visited the Noto peninsula, including experiencing local cultural treasures like the agehama salt farms.

We extend our condolences and support to our partners, including the governments of Ishikawa city and prefecture, our partners at the Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange (IFIE), and dozens of host families nearby. We value deeply the resilient spirit of Ishikawa.

For individuals seeking to provide financial support to relief efforts in the area, many nonprofit organizations including the Japanese Red Cross Society responded to the disaster with immediate, critical aid. It can sometimes be difficult for foreign supporters to make contributions, and the United States-Japan Foundation has created a matching fund to support Peace Winds, a leading organization active in Japan.

The Mansfield Foundation also recommends a number of non-profit organizations providing direct relief:

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)

Japan Platform

Civic Force

Frequent travelers may donate airline miles via ANA and JAL.