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  • 2012.08.13. Updates from BJMRI Boston-Japan Medical Relief Initiative was formed immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 in order to coordinate Boston-area physicians, hospitals, medical research centers, and ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2012, 12:44 PM by mami sato
  • 2011.10.7: Report "Medical Relief Support at Ishinomaki -Hypertension and Alcoholism-" I am a pediatric nurse from Children's Hospital Boston.  I joined the Japanese volunteer nursing organization called Cannus, and came to Ishinomaki for one week. Currently, the main focus ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2012, 1:37 PM by BJMRI 事務局
  • 2011.9.5: Report "Medical Relief Support at Kesennuma Public Hospital" Below is a report from a Gynecologist who volunteered at Kesennuma Public Hospital in September, 2011.          1. 気仙沼市立病院   2011年95日夜より9日夕方まで、気仙沼市立病院でボランティア活動に従事いたしました。   気仙沼市立病院は震災前、月間30程度の分娩を取り扱う中規模中核病院だったそうです。常勤医は2名でそのお2人で分娩の他に悪性腫瘍の手術や治療 ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2012, 1:25 PM by BJMRI 事務局
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About Boston- Japan Medical Relief Initiative

The Boston-Japan Medical Relief Initiative (BJMRI) was formed immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 in order to coordinate Boston-area physicians, hospitals, medical research centers, and other concerned parties to help address the ensuing medical crisis in Japan. BJMRI is a member of the Harvard for Japan Alliance under Medical Support.



Mission Statement

Our mission is to effectively mobilize the medical and public health communities of the Boston area in response to the Great Tohoku Earthquake that devastated coastal regions in Tohoku, Japan on March 11, 2011. Our activities focus on mid- to long-term disaster relief and reconstruction assistance, include the following:

  • Organize and send volunteer groups of specialized medical professionals in collaboration with partners in Japan.
  • Dispatch Japanese physicians on an individual basis to affected hospitals and treatment centers facing shortages of medical specialists (e.g., psychiatrists, pediatricians, obstetricians, and gynecologists).
  • Send medical and other relief supplies to the affected areas through non-governmental organizations endorsed by the Japanese government.
  • Conduct and advise other disaster relief and reconstruction assistance activities.


Objectives and Activities

A. Dispatch of native Japanese physicians to affected areas

Our primary aim is to coordinate the temporary dispatch of physicians to hospitals and other treatment centers in the affected areas effectively. Based on their needs with our physicians' expertise and availability, we coordinate the physicians and arrange the schedule.


B.  Development of volunteer organization: Boston-Japan Medical Relief Initiative

Over the long term, we will maintain our commitment to bringing together health care professionals throughout the Boston area. Through the meetings, the reports from the dispatched physician and BJMRI’s website, we intend to serve as a liaison between the Boston-area medical community and hospitals in the affected areas.


C. Shipment of medical supplies and other relief goods

We transport medical and other relief goods at the request of the affected areas in Japan


BJMRI was co-founded by Toko Hashimoto, Yusuke Tsugawa, and Yoshihiro Tanaka



Steering Committee


Toko Hashimoto, MD, PhD
Research Fellow, Rheumatology Research Lab
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School


Yusuke Tsugawa, MD
Research Fellow, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School
MPH candidate, Harvard School of Public Health

Physician Team Coordinator

Tanaka Yoshihiro, MD, PhD
Research Fellow, Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Susumu Watada, MD

Research Fellow, Department of Surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School


Fumiaki Imamura, PhD
Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health

Management Coordinator

Yukiko Sakai
MBA candidate, Harvard Business School

Program Coordinator

Cyrus Rolbin
Senior Lecturer, Center for English Language and Orientation Programs
Ed.D candidate / Glenn Fellow, School of Education
Boston University


Kentaro Ogata
Ogata Accounting Office
Akiko Ono
Boston Higashi School

Legal Relations Officer

Keigo Sawayama
LLM, Harvard Law School

Logistics Manager/ PR Coordinator

Mamiko Sato
Operation Coordinator, MOL Logistics

Local Logistics Manager
Tomohisa Maruyama

President, Envirome Inc.


Advisory Board

Theodore Gilman, PhD
Associate Director
Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Toshinaga Hirai, Mr
Consul, Economic Affairs
Consulate-General of Japan in Boston

Michael Reich, PhD
Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy
Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Russell S. Phillips, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Social Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Seigo Izumo, MD
Medical Consultant, CVM

Former Vice President, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research

Former Professor of Medicine, Harvard-BIDMC




BJMRI phase 1 project (dispatching health care professionals to afflicted area) was supported byJapan Disaster Relief Fund Boston. BJMRI phase 2 project (medical anthropology project) is supported by
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
BJMRI is generously supported by: 

- Japan Disaster Relief Fund Boston

- Mr. Daisuke and Mrs.Tomoyo Matsuzaka (The Boston Red Sox)


We also gratefully acknowledge following organizations and individuals for their support:

- Boston International Travel

- Envirome Inc.

- ants Inc.

- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

- Japan Universal Disaster Relief Headquarters

- Ms. Mari Okazaki

- Eastern Mountain Sports