Information Regarding the Earthquake Centered in the Kumamoto Region

Message from the Embassy:

As you know, Kumamoto Prefecture and the surrounding areas have been affected by a series of severe earthquakes in recent days, which have injured or killed many people, and have displaced over 100,000 residents. The Government of Japan continues to expand relief activities, and extend support to local authorities to deliver food and medical support to affected communities.

We appreciate the many messages of condolence we have received from across the United States, and heartfelt offers of support. The U.S. Forces, Japan have offered support as well, reminding all of us again of the important contributions made by Operation Tomodachi after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the deep ties of friendship between Japan and the United States.

We would also like to extend our condolences to the people of Ecuador who are also responding to an earthquake disaster.

- Tamaki Tsukada, Embassy of Japan Spokesperson


Japanese Organizations, Local Entities, and the Embassy of Japan have set up accounts that are accepting donations for victims of the earthquake.
The following organizations are currently accepting donations:

Kumamoto Prefecture

Bank Name The Higo Bank, Ltd
Transfer Account Number 1639261
Account Holder Kumamotojishingienkin
Beneficiary Name Kumamoto Prefectural Government (International Affairs Division)
Beneficiary Address 6-18-1, Suizenji, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City 862-8570, JAPAN (Telephone: 81-96-333-2159)

*Regarding the transfer fee of donations, there will be no fee on RECEIVING side (Higo Bank); however, there may be a charge on SENDING side.

For those who require a receipt for your donation, please send us the information listed below. Once your information has been confirmed with your transferred donation, a receipt will be sent to you.

Requested Information:
  1. Transfer Party Information (name of Group or Individual, and mailing address)
  2. Date of Transfer
  3. Amount of Transfer
Contact Address:

E-mail: (Kumamoto Prefecture International Affairs Division)
*Please put “Call for 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Donations Receipt” in the subject line as a title.

This info is available here:

For information on the acceptance period, please check the above website

The Government of Japan

If you would like to donate through the Government of Japan, please contact the Embassy of Japan to receive further information. Please email us at and include the following information (for security purposes):

  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Address
  4. Phone Number

Your donation will be delivered to the victims of the earthquake.

Donations will be accepted until March 31, 2019


Webpage with Information for U.S. Citizens in Japan

Accounts to Follow from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
@USConnectKyushu ( )
@ACSTokyo ( )

Earthquake Info from the Japan Meteorological Agency:

Information for tourists from the Japan National Tourism Organization: