Japan - Earthquake & Tsunami
After an extremely powerful earthquake hit the Tohoku Region on 11 March 2011, triggering high tsunami waves that caused massive loss of lives and properties along the Pacific coast of eastern Japan, the Scout Association of Japan (SAJ) created the Scout Disaster Relief Centers where Scouts unite to bring comfort, strength and hope to affected people. Scouts and volunteers removed rubble and cleared the mud in houses and schools.
On weekends, SAJ provided free shuttle bus services to volunteers between Tokyo and Ishinomaki to bring in more help. The younger Scouts did their share by engaging the children in activities like making taitayaki, a fish shaped waffle, to help ease their trauma.