東日本大震災 生活・産業基盤復興再生募金 ヤマト福祉財団

Yamato Welfare Foundation

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About the donation for
restoration of the areas
affected by the Great East
Japan Earthquake

Message and report from
   the Yamato Group

Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Support Project

Project Status February 2015

Our program to donate ten yen for every parcel we deliver, conducted under the slogan 
“Every parcel we deliver also carries hope,” concluded on March 31, 2012.  
 The relief funds collected as part of the program totaled \14,236,081,360 (US$171.1 
 million at the rate of exchange on April 2, 2012).  Together with donations made 
 directly to the Great East Japan Earthquake Life, Industry Infrastructure Recovery, and 
 Rebuilding Relief Fund of the Yamato Welfare Foundation (incorporated as a public
 interest foundation), funds totaling \14,284,480,751 have been delivered to 31 projects 
 in the affected areas in support of recovery and rebuilding efforts.  Once again, we 
 thank every one of you who contributed to this effort.  

The updates of the projects that received funds are posted on the “Overview of Fund 
Recipients” on the Foundation’s website. 

Here is a report on a milestone event that occurred in February 2015.

Ono-machi General Hospital

Ono-machi Regional General Hospital Organization (Ono-machi Hospital), which was 
among the fifth group of fund recipients, marked the completion of construction of its new hospital building with a dedication ceremony on February 14.  

Situated between Iwaki City and Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture, Ono-machi is 
surrounded by the mountains of Abukuma Highland Prefectural Nature Park and has 
Natsui River running through the middle of the city. Ono-machi Hospital is a general 
hospital that opened 60 years ago using the funds invested by five cities—Ono-machi, 
Tamura-shi, Hirata-mura, Kawauchi-mura and Iwaki-shi.  The hospital’s old wing was 
built in 1970 and the new wing in 1990. With a capacity of 119 beds, the hospital offers 
outpatient care in internal medicine and 12 other specialized fields including 
gynecology, pediatrics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology and dermatology, all of which 
were lacking in the area.  It also provides dialysis treatment and home medical care, 
and promotes community welfare by working together with municipal governments and
senior citizens’ welfare facilities.  Thus the hospital has been indispensable in 
responding to a range of resident medical needs.

However, the Great East Japan Earthquake severely damaged the hospital and 
rebuilding it was a priority as it was the only resource for medical care in the region.

Unable to qualify for financial support from the government, prefecture, or 
municipalities, Ono-machi Hospital applied for relief funds offered by the Yamato 
Welfare Foundation.  On April 24, 2012, the Foundation awarded \2 billion toward the 
rebuilding of the only general hospital in the area as part of an effort to restore the 
community’s medical care.  Ono-machi Hospital later received support as part of the 
Prefecture’s Hama Dori community medical recovery project and proceeded with a plan 
to build a new four-story hospital in the city’s central district adjacent to the police and 
fire departments. As part of a comprehensive plan to create an emergency medical 
response capability that improved on the one before it, the building is designed to 
enable staff to perform triage in the first floor lobby in the event of a disaster. The
groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 4, 2013.

At the dedication, Ono-machi Hospital Director Dr. Fumio Fujii said, “As the 
community’s core hospital, all members of the hospital staff will dedicate themselves to 
play their part in making this a trustworthy hospital by providing medical care that is 
focused on our patients.” Mr. Akira Owada, director of the Board of Ono-machi 
Hospital said, “The completion of the hospital symbolizes the area’s continued recovery. 
As the citadel for local medical care, we will strive to ensure that the hospital attains the 
highest quality of health care and senior care, and supports the general welfare of all 
residents. “

It has been four years since the Great East Japan Earthquake.  But the damage it
caused is still evident in immense proportions as are the earthquake’s affects on the 
lives of residents. 

Our relief fund support program has reached a turning point, but the recovery and
rebuilding efforts of the affected areas—including the 31 projects that received our 
relief funds—are still ongoing.  Yamato Group launched the recovery support project 
in the hope that it would in some way show our gratitude to the people of the 
community who helped grow our home delivery service.  Now we are moving forward 
with Project G, a regional revitalization program implemented through our home 
delivery and other services in cooperation with the government and the community 
based on the concept of Creating Shared Value (CSV), in which we create a common 
value to be shared with the local community.  There are about 900 issues in which we 
are currently engaged, including watching over senior citizens and helping them with 
shopping in areas not conducive to shopping, as well as collaborating with local 
government to transport relief goods at times of disaster. 

Yamato Group will continue to work closely with local communities and work hard to 
serve the people in the areas affected by the earthquake and other communities.

March 11, 2015