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Project overview

Project overview

Soon after the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 2011, we started considering how to respond to the disaster and provide assistance during the immediate recovery.

We started calling for donations and received tremendous support from Arup offices around the world, as well as the fund-matching from the East Asia Region. All the donations were allocated to the local chapters of the Red Cross for relief works.

Apart from financial aid, we looked into various ways to leverage on our engineering skills for immediate and longer term recovery of the stricken areas. A voluntary team was established in the Tokyo office to work with charitable organisations and provide relief assistance on the ground. A wiki site was launched in the intranet to gather ideas and suggestions from all staff.

In quick response, we worked with many foreign corporations, investors and governments in the area on damage assessment, seismic capacity check, as well as due diligence work for their offices.

During the time, we were also approached by some architects for help on relief projects, including Shigeru Ban’s multi-storey container houses in Miyagi – Arup provided structural engineering services for the most needed facility.

We received tremendous support from Arup offices around the world
Yoshie Muramatsu, Japan



1 December, 2014
3 years on

Three years on, there is still a long way to recover communities and people’s lives. We are continuing to work with NGOs and partners to build a future for those in the affected areas.

1 December, 2011
Arup begins calling for donations
Arup begins calling for donations and receives tremendous support from offices around the world.
11 March, 2011
A devastating earthquake

A devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hits Japan on 11 March 2011.

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