60th Anniversary of Cooperation between Japan and UNICEF

60th Anniversary of Cooperation between Japan and UNICEF

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Did you know that there was a time when Japan was also helped by UNICEF?

Do you know that there was a time when Japan was helped by UNICEF?

After World War II, UNICEF delivered aid to Japan, which is now an economic powerhouse. Japan is now an economic powerhouse. It has been 60 years since UNICEF started its support in Japan in 1949. 

Great contribution to children’s growth after the war

The first UNICEF supplies to arrive in Japan in 1949 were raw cotton for the production of children’s clothing and skimmed milk powder for children, pregnant women and mothers. Children with disabilities received medical equipment.

The disabled children were provided with medical equipment, blankets and medicine. At the time, Japan was suffering from dehydration due to diarrhea and respiratory infections.

At that time in Japan, 3 out of every 50 children died before turning 5 years old due to preventable diseases such as dehydration from diarrhea and respiratory infections.

Three out of every 50 children in Japan at that time died before reaching the age of five due to preventable diseases such as dehydration from diarrhea and respiratory infections.

At the time, three out of every 50 children in Japan died before turning five due to preventable diseases such as dehydration from diarrhea and respiratory infections. UNICEF’s support was provided by Tokyo

UNICEF’s support will continue until the Tokyo

The UNICEF support ended in 1964 when the Tokyo Olympics were held.

UNICEF’s support ended in 1964 when the Tokyo Olympics were held.

UNICEF’s support in Japan for 15 years ended in 1964 when the Tokyo Olympics were held.

UNICEF’s support in Japan over the past 15 years has totaled

UNICEF’s support in Japan over the past 15 years has amounted to a total of 6.5 billion yen.

Memories of the skimmed milk powder delivered by UNICEF at that time.

Tokuko Tajima, a 1949 graduate of Seino Elementary School in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

It seems that skimmed milk powder was the only nutritional value. I was not a fan of dairy products, so I could not drink much of it. At the end of the 6th grade I remember the school lunch room was completed around the end of the 6th grade and I ate a prototype of cobbled bread. I remember eating the prototype cobbler at the end of the sixth grade, but at that time, there was really nothing and everything was At that time, we had nothing, and everything was great. I later learned that it was from UNICEF. Looking back, it was a precious thing.

The origin of UNICEF fundraising is school fundraising

 After that, children all over Japan who had received support from UNICEF sent thank-you letters and drawings to UNICEF, and volunteer women gathered to organize them and continued their service activities. Later, this time, Japan began to cooperate with UNICEF, which had taken care of them after the war. This service activity also led to the establishment of the Japan Committee for UNICEF, which serves as a private contact point for UNICEF support in Japan. In 1955, the year of the association’s establishment, children who had received support from UNICEF voiced their desire to make a donation to UNICEF, and the “10-yen donation” campaign was launched, asking children and students to make a voluntary donation of 10 yen or more once a year at schools nationwide. This was the beginning of UNICEF fundraising in Japan!

Since then, the circle of UNICEF support in Japan has expanded. In 2008, UNICEF raised about 18 billion yen from all over Japan, including children at schools. The Japan Committee for UNICEF, which is one of the 36 national committees for UNICEF in the world, has raised about 18 billion yen for UNICEF. Of the 36 UNICEF National Committees in the world, the Japan Committee for UNICEF is the largest contributor to UNICEF. This is a testament to the great support from the Japanese people to UNICEF.  UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, who participated in the 60th anniversary celebration of the Japan-UNICEF partnership in October 2009 UNICEF Director-General Anne Veneman expressed her gratitude for Japan’s generous support for the world’s children. She also noted the significant role that Japan played in establishing the Millennium Development Goals. She also noted the significant role Japan played in the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals and expressed her hope for Japan’s continued leadership. She also noted the great role that Japan played in the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals and expressed his expectations for Japan’s continued leadership. “I would like to thank UNICEF for their warm support. I hope that all children will have a healthy and happy childhood. And help each other. Help each other to build a peaceful world.”

The 60 Years of Japan and UNICEF

1946 UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) was established at the first United Nations General Assembly.

1949 UNICEF assistance to Japan began.

1953 Renamed as the United Nations Children’s Fund and became a permanent organization.

1955 UNICEF milk was given to maternal and child health organizations in 700 towns and villages in Japan. 

Japan Japan Committee for UNICEF established.

1956 The first UNICEF cooperative fund-raising campaign began on the occasion of World Children’s Day.

1959 UNICEF sent 40,000 blankets to mothers and children affected by Typhoon Ise Bay.

1964 UNICEF assistance to Japan ended.

1965 UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1979 International Year of the Child UNICEF school donations exceeded 100 million yen.

1989 The Convention on the Rights of the Child (Convention on the Rights of the Child) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

Adopted by the UN General Assembly

1994 The Convention on the Rights of the Child is ratified by Japan.

2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to be achieved by 2015 at the UN Millennium Summit

2000 Adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the UN Millennium Summit

2002 UN Special Session on Children held

2006 60th anniversary of the founding of UNICEF

2009 60th anniversary of Japan-UNICEF partnership

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