Gambare Nippon!

Message from General Secretary of The National Council of YMCAs of Japan

9 August 2012


Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you for your contribution as well as your encouragement and valuable messages regarding the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which killed and left approximately 19 thousand people missing.

Moreover, a severe accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station occurred. This was the first time we have experienced such a big disaster and it was challenging for us to support the people in need and the afflicted areas.

A report and update can be viewed at our website:

You will find the link to our On-line Report Booklet, Video and Slide-show.

Our Relief and Rehabilitation work will continue focusing on children and youth of affected local area, Japan and the world.  They are the people who work to revive the affected community and build supporting communities as Global Citizens.

We strongly ask for a continuous support from you and your community. We are still in need of a huge amount of support, which is the only way to make it possible for us to implement our work.

For further assistance for the donation, hard copy of the booklet and video, please contact Mr. Kazuki Yamane, director of Disaster Relief / International Relations.


Please forward this message to your members, donors, staffs and other supporters.

We thank you for all your support.

With best regards,

Shigeru Shimada
General Secretary
The National Council of YMCAs of Japan

Light of Hope For the Future

9 August 2012 English version of video report of YMCA Relief Aid for East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami by the National Council of YMCAs of Japan.

Graphic design by Cyrus Leung

Y's Youth Club of Island South, Hong Kong

March 17, 2011 With the support of the International Executive Officers, Y’s Men International has launched a relief contribution campaign named Gambare Nippon!.

The fund will support the relief effort initiated by the Japanese Y’s Men and YMCAs for the victims of the unprecedented disaster which struck the Tohoku and Kanto Regions in Japan on 11 March 2011.  This is in addition to Y’s Men International’s decision to disburse US$3,000 from the IP Discretionary Fund.

We are appealing to you to support the relief activities of your fellow Y’s Men and YMCA members in Japan by sending your contribution to the bank accounts below through your Areas, Regions, Districts and Clubs.

With our thoughts and prayers for the people affected by the disaster.


Ysly and cordially,

Hirotoshi Fujii

International President

Kevin Cummings

Immediate Past International President

Finn A. Pedersen

International President Elect

T.M. Mathew

International Treasurer

*Gambare = a Japanese word used to encourage people; “don’t give up and stand up”

*Nippon= the Japanese word for “Japan”

Gambare Nippon!


To help the Japanese Y’s Men to effectively carry out their relief activities with YMCA Japan for the victims of the earthquake and the tsunami which struck Japan on 11 March 2011.


17 March to 30 September 2011

How the contribution will be spent

To support the relief activities planned and executed by the Japan East Region and the Alliance of YMCAs in Japan to help the victims of the earthquake.

Method of Contribution

Please pay into one of the accounts below selecting one of two at your convenience. Please add a reference note specifying that the payment is for “Gambare Nippon”.

Cheques can be sent to the International Headquarters in Geneva.

Notification to Y’s Men

Please email Japan East Region (yseast(at) and IHQ (ihq(at) the name of the Area/Region/District/Club and the amount transmitted. Please also indicate which account you have deposited to (Japan or Geneva).

Donations from individuals will also be greatly appreciated. Please send an email with your name, the amount transmitted and the account you have deposited to (Japan or Geneva).

Account 1 - Account of Japan East Region

Bank Name:

Mizuho Bank Yotsuya Branch

Bank Address:

3-3-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 166-0004 Japan

Bank Telephone:




Account Number:


Beneficiary’s Name:

Y’s Men International Japan East Regional Office

Beneficiary’s Address:

7 Honshio-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0003 Japan

Beneficiary’s Tel & Fax:


Account 2 - Account of IHQ, Geneva

Bank Name


Bank Address:

CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

Bank Telephone:





CH81 0024 0240 4795 4600 X

Account Number:


Beneficiary’s Name:

Y’s Men International

Beneficiary’s Address:

9 Avenue Sainte Clotilde, CH-1205, Geneva, Switzerland

Beneficiary’s Telephone


Beneficiary’s Fax



Cheques should be made payable to:

"Y's Men International"


Send cheques to:

Gambare Nippon!

Y's Men International

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CH-1205, Geneva



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