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Address: 2-10-10 Shiomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-8585 Japan
Telephone: +81 3 5632 4439
Fax: +81 3 5632 4464
Email: secretariat@caritas.jp
Facebook: caritasjapan
www.caritas.jp

Caritas Japan work first began in 1946, right after the end of the war in the Pacific, receiving and distributing relief goods from LARA (Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia) and CARE (Cooperation for American Relief for Everywhere). The agency was established as Caritas Japan in 1970 as the working body of the Committee of Bishops on Social Issues with an aim to promote collaboration among Catholic social welfare groups in Japan as well as to work in close cooperation with Caritas Internationalis. Over the years, Caritas Japan has rendered humanitarian assistance and emergency relief to a wide variety of crisis, such as support for refugees from Indochina (Vietnam) in 1975 and aid for a Rwandan refugee camp in 1994.

Caritas Japan showed solidarity with the victims following the unprecedented Great Japan earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 through the bases set in the affected area.

Caritas Japan programmes include social awareness campaigns to address critical social issues and an annual Lenten campaign to raise funds for their programmes.

Caritas Japan General Secretariat in Tokyo employs 5 staff members who work closely with the 16 Dioceses, staff and thousands of volunteers to guide and coordinate activities.

Caritas Japan actively collaborates with the worldwide Caritas network in over 20 human development projects worldwide.

Updates from Japan