In March 2011, Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami of historic proportions. Lives lost were estimated at 20,000, and the total cost of recovery will be in the billions of dollars.
The AREAA Education Foundation made a commitment to help build homes that were lost in the northeastern coast of Japan. After initiating a fund-raising campaign to Rebuild Japan, we received more than $400,000 in donations from AREAA members, real estate associations, sponsors and friends.
After considerable research, the Foundation selected a housing project spearheaded by the Kogakuin University of Tokyo, which built 11 permanent individual residences and a two-story wooden building to be used as a community center. Foundation Chair Allen Okamoto traveled to Ishinomaki City to deliver the donation, which helped pay for the completion of these structures.