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Let's deliver sharing-cars to our friends in the stricken areas!


Takada Family Car Sharing


The catastrophic March 11th earthquake in Japan changed the Tohoku Region forever.  The magnitude 9 earthquake, one of the largest in recorded history, triggered other disasters, some natural and some man-made, including soil liquefaction, fire, a record-high tsunami, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  To date, these combined disasters have resulted in 15,757 deaths, 4,313 missing and 738,105 destroyed homes (source: Higaijyokyo, 2011).  


The maker of our Mitsuaki-T* brand, Takada-san and his family are involved in a car sharing project for the Tohoku Region.  They wish to donate their car to a temporary housing area in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, one of the worst hit areas in all of Japan.  However, donating a car is a complex process and the family needs help from others to make this happen.


Since the earthquake – now more than six months ago, the affected areas have been very busy building temporary housing for the displaced.  This housing is typically constructed outside of cities in areas with sufficient space for development.  Thus, those that move into temporary housing find themselves far beyond walking distance to grocery stores, hospitals and other vital resources and services. This situation has created a growing need for transportation, including cars.  


Japan Car Sharing Association (JCSA) has stepped up to meet this critical need through its establishment of the Car Sharing Project for the Tohoku Region Pacific Earthquake Relief. This creative project builds on the idea of car-pools in Europe and North America for temporary housing communities (you can read more about JCSA here available in Japanese: http://www.japan-csa.org/). 


It is through this project, that the Mitsuaki-T* family plans to donate their car.  To donate a sharing car, there are three conditions:  

  1. An available car (from donation)
  2. A car registration fee of 150,000 yen (about $2,000.00) if a renewal is needed
  3. Annual car maintenance of about 170,000 yen (about $2,200) which covers 140,000 yen for car insurance and 30,000 yen for other maintenance and contingencies.


The Mitsuaki-T* family has already met the first two conditions. However, they need assistance in meeting the financial obligations of annual car maintenance. They are hoping to drive their car to one of the communities by the end of September (this month).  The car (and any other car delivered) will still be delivered to a community regardless of funds collected.  However it will remain unavailable for use until sufficient maintenance fees have been collected.  


We ask that you consider joining us as we continue our efforts in support of earthquake relief in Japan.  Not only will you be facilitating the Mitusaki-T* family’s generosity in donating their car, but you will also be supporting this important car-sharing project.  

It will be years before Japan recovers from the aftermath of this tragedy. The magnitude of this disaster requires the ongoing support of the world. We are excited to be a part of this innovative project and look forward to partnering with you to help our Japanese friends and business partners as they move forward in rebuilding and renewing their communities.    

Our gifts will be acknowledged by the following bumper sticker on the donated car:

“This car was donated by the Sakai knife craftsmen and friends from around the world”. 

In addition, the names of individual contributors will be listed inside the car.  


How to donate:


The car has been delivered and the Takada family thanks you for your help (we thank you too). If you would still like to donate money to help other families donate their cars, feel free to contact us via e-mail and we will help you out with that. Again, thanks so much.



Higaijyokyo to Keisatsu Sochi (Conditions of Affected and Police Action). (Sep 2, 2011).  

National Police Agency. Retrieved Sep 2, 2011.   http://www.npa.go.jp/archive/keibi/biki/higaijokyo.pdf