Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue. Whereabouts of the contribution of 700 million yen in Great East Japan Earthquake related funds.

December 22, 2015

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue.
Whereabouts of the contribution of 700 million yen in Great East Japan Earthquake related funds.

Question and reply to/from Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue about the contribution of 700 million yen for Great East Japan Earthquake relief.

The unbelievable use of the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue donations are highly inappropriate.
It is an outrage to nationwide donors to your supposed good will project to save animals, and also to volunteers who desperately continue the rescue activity.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue never announced disbursements of tens of millions of yen in cash to animal welfare associations after August, 2015.
We asked them to announce information about the issue of food by “point”, which is unfair.
Now finally, their website informs on which associations were provided funds, but not the amounts.

They were criticized because they didn’t use 200 million yen for animals.
To avoid criticism, did they just scatter this money?
The nation, and it’s sincere contributors, don’t know this fact.
Dogs and cats still remaining in Fukushima don’t receive anything from Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue, and they don’t even care.
The associations that received tens of millions of yen don’t rescue animals.
They don’t even accept dogs and cats that volunteers are still taking care of.
They didn’t do anything special to receive all that money, which is from the charitable contributions of the nation’s citizens.
The nation is unconvinced by any excuse.

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue must clarify to the citizenry whether the use of contributions of over 700 million yen was appropriate or not.

From the website of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue:
Official regulations concerning the supplies for the urgent disaster relief activities fund:
Article 6.
After completion of the animal disaster relief project, we will make a report without delay, and announce it to the public on our homepage.

However, they have never announced anything.
A large amount of money went to certain animal welfare associations while we were unaware.
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, want to probe for the truth.
We sent a letter of inquiry to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue.

However, while our question was concerning the disbursements to animal welfare associations after August, 2015, they avoided answering that, and instead talked about the past. I was surprised that they said they had never issued the money.


Letter of inquiry to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue from Inuneko Kyusainowa.

The answer from Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue. (summary)
December 11, 2015

To Akiko Yui, Inuneko Kyusainowa
From Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue.

We answer, below, your question, dated December 4.

As you know, Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue was a private organization.
It consisted of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association, the Japan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Japan Animal Welfare Society, and the Japan Pet Care Association.
But it became a Public Interest Incorporated Association at the Headquarters meeting on June, 13, 2014, and founded the Public Interest Incorporated Association Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue on June 25, 2014.
We committed to enhancing and expanding business, and have done so.

Since then there have been many personnel changes of the officers and staff.
Sometimes it takes time to investigate issues regarding the old Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue.
It may be difficult to understand by letter.
If is this case, we are ready to talk with you.

Your question 1.
How did you announce the application for funds to the groups throughout Japan that participated in the rescue activity?
Do you think it was sufficient announcement?

Our duty is to support animal relief headquarters, which do the rescue activity in afflicted areas with animal welfare associations and volunteers.
This is specified in the guidelines of the Ministry of Environment.

However, when the Great East Japan Earthquake happened, it took time to organize the animal relief headquarters at each afflicted area.
Also, even after getting organized, the conditions of activity were quite difficult.
So upon hearing that, we, Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue, issued the contributions to animal welfare groups which were active in the afflicted areas.
We announced this contribution on our website and also made contact with each authority.

Concerning your question “Do you think announcements were sufficient?”, we won’t contribute directly to each relief association.
We trturn to the traditional process, whereby relief headquarters will distribute the relief activities funds to each relief group as needed.

The balance of the donations for relief from Great East Japan Earthquake was supposed to be distributed to the animal rescue headquarters of 3 prefectures of Tohoku.
On hearing from those 3 prefectures, Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue provided local budget arrangements with a “three-year project plan”.

Your question 2.
Please announce which associations you contributed to, and how much.

The issued list of the old Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and the present Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue is attached, sheet 5.
The target group of lost pet search project and lost pet protection management support project from 2014 to 2015 is attached, sheet 6.

We started the lost pet protection management support project in June, 2014.
If protection teams can’t find an owner or foster family, it is necessary to keep such animals for many years.
Then they would need means for maintenance of their shelter.
However, maintenance of a shelter costs more than hundreds of millions of yen.
Considering our original duty to support the animal relief headquarters in suffering area, that would be beyond our capabilities.

Given this situation, we continued the lost pet protection management support project.
Rather than reimbursing expenses, we prioritised, for example, pet food, in line with our findings, for the private sector.

Your question 3.
How much did you set as the upper limit of funds for one association?

As we mentioned above, we never contribute money.
Depending on the number and the type of animals that were rescued, we fund points to enable purchase of pet food, pet sheets, and cat toilet sand.
The calculation method there is 110,000 yen for a dog and 70,000 yen for a cat, in accordance with the research indicating the average life span and breeding expense of pets in Tokyo, and also in accordance with our budget.

Your question 4.
How many groups still want to receive the funds?
And how much is the upper limit for each association?

We investigated this extensively for a year, so as not to omit any associations.
However we have received a report indicating 7 associations, including yours, which were omitted.
As you know, the balance of the donation from Great East Japan Earthquake is about 11 million yen.
We are now making adjustments, in consultation with various organizations, and calculating fair support to close of “110,000 for a dog and 70,000 yen for a cat”.

General issues:
1.There was the news that you used the contributions for investment, but what was the nature of the investment?

This had happened in the old organization, but we have never used the contributions for investment.
We heard that after the Han‐Shin Awaji Earthquake disaster, part of the funds established by contributions relating to animal relief headquarters in afflicted area was invested.

We consulted with a former officer, who said that the deposit brought no dividends.
So the interest was zero.
This is why they invested, to increase the activity fund.

We report about this investment is in our website dated June 6, 2014.
We already sold it, ultimately at a profit of approximately 800,000 yen.
However we established a regulations for asset management and investment, which necessitate financial guarantees. (see attached sheet 9)

2. Please answer as to whether or not you granted funds from disaster donations for the killing of brucellosis dogs in Osaka, in 2008.

We couldn’t contact any former officers regarding this matter, and we can’t explain what happened.
However, the old organization issued the contribution.
We are still investigating the amount of money.
It was issued in accordance with our policies governing unexpected urgent disasters, including natural disasters, and man-made disasters including situations such as the spread of the infectious disease.






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Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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