June 13 Updates

Here is a summary of some the latest earthquake related news/updates. If there is any information you need specifically, please contact the PAs and we will try and get it out to you.


Volunteering

It is highly recommended that you volunteer through official requests. Despite the best of intentions, volunteers who come in without any preparation or guidance may end up being more of a hindrance than a help. Please keep checking this page, as well as KumAJET FB Page or Kumamoto International for more information on volunteer requests.

Please note that while volunteers are still needed, the number of requests has been decreasing with each day. Several popular volunteer centers will already have enough volunteers for the day even before check-in begins. In addition, some smaller centers may have no active requests for help on certain days as well. If you want to increase your chances of volunteering, it is recommended you check the volunteer websites/contact them directly and also arrive well before the check-in time at the popular locations (Kumamoto City and Mashiki being the main examples).

  • The Kumamoto City Volunteer Center is registering volunteers to help with cleanup of homes of the elderly and disabled. The signup location will be the Hanabata Hiroba (right next to the Hanabatacho tram stop in Kumamoto City). Check in is 9AM to approximately 12PM (depending on how many requests there are). After registration, volunteers will then be dispatched to homes of those requesting help. For more info please call:
    Kumamoto City Volunteer Center – 096-288-2748
    Kumamoto City Social Welfare Council – 096-322-2331

    Those who want to request volunteer help, please call:
    Kumamoto City Volunteer Center – 090-6553-1592 or 090-6653-1581 (Fax: 096-354-2122). These numbers will be open from 9 to 4.

    Website: http://www.kumamoto-city-csw.or.jp/

    Those who will be driving to the center can use the parking lot at the Former Kumamoto Joint Government Building (Google Maps Link) until Wednesday, June 15.

  • Mashiki – Helping at evacuation centers and cleanup. They are looking for 200 volunteers a day (number subject to change day by day).
    Check-in: 9AM to 11AM.
    Volunteers from outside of Kumamoto are welcome to participate.
    Phone numbers: 090-289-6090 and 090-289-6092 (open from 9 to 4)
    Location: Iseki Kumamoto Factory Ground (Google Maps Link)
    Website: Mashiki Volunteer Center / Japanese PDF with info

    Things to note before volunteering:
    – It is difficult to find food, water, gas in the disaster areas.
    – There is still a risk of further aftershocks.
    – Roads in the area are damage so car travel is slow. There is a high chance of traffic.
    – Please keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
    – There is very limited food and lodging in the area, please prepare this yourself.
    – Consider carpooling in order to limit the number of cars on the road.

  • Minamiaso – Helping at evacuation centers and delivery of supplies.
    Check-in: 8AM to Noon. At the moment, only Kumamoto Prefecture residents are allowed to check-in for volunteering in Minamiaso (see below for non Kumamoto volunteers).
    Phone numbers: 0967-67-2511 and 0967-67-2512
    Location: Minamiaso Sogofukushi Center (Google Maps Link)
    Website: http://www.vill.minamiaso.lg.jp/soshiki/1/volanteer.html
  • Those from outside of Kumamoto looking to volunteer in Minamiaso should go to 大分県竹田市荻町「ベースキャンプ」 (Google Maps Link), located in Oita Prefecture, Taketa City, Ogi Town.
    Check-in: Starts at 7:30AM
    Phone numbers: 0974-64-6870, 090-3099-9542 and 090-3099-9642
    Website: http://taketa-syakyo.com/archives/735/
  • Kikuchi – Helping with cleanup
    Check-in: 9AM to 4PM. It may close earlier as needs are fulfilled. At the moment, only Kumamoto Prefecture residents are allowed to volunteer.
    Phone numbers: 090-8348-3147 and 090-8348-2821
    Location: Kikuchi Social Welfare Council Office (Google Maps Link)
    Website: http://kikuchi-shakyo.or.jp/wp/?p=3191
  • Uto – Helping at evacuation centers and cleanup
    Check-in: Starting at 8:30AM. It will close when needs are fulfilled. At the moment, only Kumamoto Prefecture residents are allowed to volunteer.
    Phone numbers: 0964-23-3756 and 0964-23-3757
    Location: Uto Social Welfare Council Office (Google Maps Link)
    Website: http://www.utoshakyou.jp/
  • Ozu
    Check-in: 9AM to 11AM. It may close earlier as needs are fulfilled. At the moment, only those living and/or working in Kyushu are allowed to volunteer.
    Phone numbers: 090-8348-2570 and 090-8348-2784
    Location: Ozumachi Sports Park (Google Maps Link)
    Website: http://o-shakyo.info/page374116.html
  • Kikuyo
    Check-in: Starting at 9AM to 11AM. It may close earlier as needs are fulfilled. They expect to only take about 100 volunteers a day. At the moment, only those living and/or working in Kikuyo are allowed to volunteer.
    Phone number: 090-8348-2787
    Location: 菊陽町中央公民館 (Google Maps Link)
    Website: http://www.town.kikuyo.lg.jp/soshiki/0/borannthia.html
  • Uki – Helping deliver supplies, help at evacuation centers, and with cleanup of homes of elderly/disabled
    Check-in: Starting at 9AM.
    At the moment, only those living in Kyushu are allowed to volunteer.
    Phone numbers: 090-6653-1573, 090-6653-1442 and 090-8348-2529
    Location: 熊本県博物館ネットワークセンター多目的広場 (Google Maps Link)
    Website: http://www.city.uki.kumamoto.jp/q/aview/701/10408.html
  • Nishihara – Helping with cleanup of homes/roads, help at evacuation centers, and delivering supplies
    Check-in: 8:30AM to 11AM.
    Phone number: 090-279-4425
    Location: 西原村鳥子東京カソード研究所跡地 (Google Maps Link)
    Website: Facebook Page

Donations

Many organizations have taken it upon themselves to begin taking donations for victims of the earthquakes. This is by no means a full list of them, but as always, please make sure and confirm that you are donating to legitimate sources.

Regarding donations of supplies
Every area in Kumamoto now has enough to go around and municipalities are no longer accepting donations of supplies. If you’d like to donate, donating money is the best option. If you still want to try and donate supplies, please contact individual shelters to see if they are willing to accept it.

General Disaster Fund for Kumamoto Prefecture 災害見舞金入口座

– Bank and Branch Name (銀行・支店名): Higo Bank Kumamoto Kencho Branch (肥後銀行県庁支店)
– Bank Account Type(口座の種類): Checking (当座)
– Bank Account Number (口座番号): 0000012
– Bank Account Name(口座名義): Kumamoto Prefecture (クマモトケン)
– Address(住所): Kumamoto City Chuo-ku 6-18-1 (熊本市中央区6-18-1)

Kumamoto Prefecture 2016 Earthquake Fund (Prefectural Bank Account)

Higo Bank
– Branch Name: Kumamoto Kencho Branch (県庁支店)
– Bank Account Type: Ordinary(普通)
– Bank Account Number: 1639261
– Bank Account Name(口座名義): Kumamoto Earthquake Fund (クマモトジシンギエンキン)

Kumamoto Bank
– Branch Name: Kumamoto Kencho Branch (県庁支店)
– Bank Account Type: Ordinary(普通)
– Bank Account Number: 3012170
– Bank Account Name(口座名義): Kumamoto Earthquake Fund Kumamoto Governor Kabashima Ikuo (クマモトジシンギエンキン クマモトケンチジ カバシマ イクオ)

Yuucho Bank (Japan Post Bank)
– Bank Account Number (口座番号): 00940-0-174320
– Bank Account Name(口座名義): Kumamoto Earthquake Fund (クマモトジシンギエンキン)

For donations from International Bank Accounts:
http://www.pref.kumamoto.jp/kiji_15456.html?type=top

Kumamoto City Relief Funds

2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Donations for Victims and Survivors
– Bank name: HIGO BANK
– Branch name: KUMAMOTOSHIYAKUSHO BRANCH
– Swift code (BIC code): HIGOJPJT
– Account type: SAVINGS ACCOUNT
– Account number: 1471670
– Account name: KUMAMOTOSHISAIGAIGIENKIN SUITOUSEKININSHA KUMAMOTOSHIKAIKEIKANRISHA KAI TOSHINORI

Contact Info:
Health and Welfare Planning Section, Welfare Division, Health and Welfare Bureau, Kumamoto City
TEL: 096-328-2340 (For calls outside Japan: dial ‘+81’ and omit leading ‘0’)
E-mail: kenkoufukushiseisaku@city.kumamoto.lg.jp

2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Donations for Reconstruction and Restoration
– Bank name: HIGO BANK
– Branch name: KUMAMOTOSHIYAKUSHO BRANCH
– Swift code (BIC code): HIGOJPJT
– Account type: SAVINGS ACCOUNT
– Account number: 1471696
– Account name: KUMAMOTOSHISAIGAIKIFUKIN SUITOUSEKININSHA KUMAMOTOSHICHOU ONISHI KAZUFUMI

Contact Info:
Finance Section, Kumamoto City (Section Manager: Yuuya HASEGAWA)
TEL: 096-328-2085 (For calls outside Japan: dial ‘+81’ and omit leading ‘0’)
E-mail: zaisei@city.kumamoto.lg.jp

Kumamoto Earthquake Donations for Rebuilding Kumamoto Castle
– Bank name: HIGO BANK
– Branch name: KUMAMOTOSHIYAKUSHO BRANCH
– Swift code (BIC code): HIGOJPJT
– Account type: SAVINGS ACCOUNT
– Account number: 1471716
– Account name: KUMAMOTOJYOUSAIGAIFUKKYUUSHIENKIN

Contact Info:
Kumamoto Castle General Office, Kumamoto City
TEL: 096-352-5900 (For calls outside Japan: dial ‘+81’ and omit leading ‘0’)
E-mail: kumamotojou@city.kumamoto.lg.jp

Japanese Red Cross

Free Bank Transfers (at the Japan Post Bank desk) from Yuucho Accounts to
– Bank Account Name(口座名義): 日赤平成28年熊本地震災害義援金
– Bank Account Number (口座番号): 00130-4-265072

Yahoo! Japan

http://donation.yahoo.co.jp/detail/1630023/

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan

http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/support/


Railway Transportation

JR Kyushu:
Kyushu Shinkansen – All lines are open, but they are currently operating under a revised timetable for the immediate future. 90% of trains are running. You can expect small delays on the Hakata to Kumamoto portion and longer travel times between Kumamoto and Kagoshima-Chuo.

Here is the revised timetable (as of June 3): http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/top_info/pdf/827/160603shinkansenrinji.pdf. You can also refer to the JR Kyushu website for further updates.

You can buy reserved seat and green seat tickets for Mizuho and Sakura trains going out of Kyushu (towards Shin-Osaka). For Sakura and Tsubame trains running only in Kyushu, all seats (with the exception of green seats) are non-reserved.

On July 4th, train numbers should return to normal and Sakura and Tsubame trains will once again sell reserved seats.

Hohi Line – Limited service between Kumamoto and Higo-Ozu. Closed between Higo-Ozu and Bungo-Ogi. JR Kyushu is providing bus service between Miyaji Station and Bungo-Ogi.

Express trains Asoboy and Kyushu-Odan are not in operation.

Minamiaso Railway is closed.


Road Transportation

The Kyushu Expressway has been fully reopened, but portions of the road are one lane only in both directions between Kumamoto IC and Mifune IC. On these portions, the speed limit is lowered is 20km/h so expect traffic when traveling between these exits.

You can find updated expected delays to travel time between the Kumamoto-Mifune corridor here: http://ihighway.jp/driving_time/

Partial highway bus service has been restored for several lines. Kyusanko is posting the latest information on their website here (in Japanese): http://www.kyusanko.co.jp/sankobus_top/newinfo/20160601_02

Fukuoka and Kumamoto
Please note, timetables have been affected by the earthquake so please confirm on the website before traveling. Travel time can vary from 2 to 3 hours depending on the time of day and route.
Information and timetables can be found here (in Japanese): http://www.kyusanko.co.jp/sankobus/toshikan/hinokuni/
Direct link to timetable (as of May 28, in Japanese): Buses leaving Kumamoto – http://www.kyusanko.co.jp/sankobus_top/sites/all/themes/SankobusTop/pdf/sptt_0528hinokuni_kmjdep.pdf
Buses leaving Fukuoka – http://www.kyusanko.co.jp/sankobus_top/sites/all/themes/SankobusTop/pdf/sptt_0528hinokuni_kmjarr.pdf

Fukuoka Airport and Kumamoto
See Fukuoka and Kumamoto timetables above

Nobeoka and Kumamoto
Information and timetables can be found here (in Japanese): http://www.kyusanko.co.jp/sankobus_top/sites/all/themes/SankobusTop/pdf/20160422takachiho.pdf

Takamori and Kumamoto
Information and timetables can be found here (in Japanese): http://www.kyusanko.co.jp/sankobus_top/sites/all/themes/SankobusTop/pdf/sptt_0509takamori.pdf

Kurokawa/Yufuin/Beppu and Kumamoto
Information and timetables can be found here (in Japanese): http://www.kyusanko.co.jp/sankobus_top/sites/all/themes/SankobusTop/pdf/sptt_0516oudan.pdf

Running on normal schedules: Kokura (Kitakyushu)-Kumamoto, Oita-Kumamoto, Kagoshima-Kumamoto, Miyazaki-Kumamoto, Nagasaki-Kumamoto, Miyazaki-Yatsushiro, Kyoto-Kumamoto, Nagoya-Kumamoto, Miyazaki-Fukuoka (Phoenix Bus)

Service outside of disaster areas has been restored on Kyushu Sanko, Kumamoto Bus, Kumamoto City Bus lines.

Kumamoto Electric Bus is operating on regular schedules.

Here is the link from Kumamoto Prefecture for information on closed local roads (Japanese only): http://cyber.pref.kumamoto.jp/bousai/Content/asp/topics/topics_detail.asp?PageID=14&ID=1177&type=1

Here is a map of road closures around the Minamiaso area (as of May 25), provided by the Kumanichi Newspaper.

minamiaso access may25

Minamiaso Village has also published a PDF with more detailed information about traveling in the greater Aso area (Japanese only, as of May 30): http://www.vill.minamiaso.lg.jp/uploaded/attachment/3778.pdf.


Air Transportation

All flights are scheduled to run as normal out of Kumamoto Airport, but as always, check with your airline/the airport before flying to see if your flight is still flying as scheduled.


Ferry

Kumamoto Port to Shimabara Port service is running as normal.


Supermarkets

Please note, many stores have limited stocks and may close once supply has run out.

Aeon:
Open – Aeon Ozu, Aeon Uki, Aeon Nishiki, Aeon Amakusa, Aeon Kikuyo, Aeon Yatsushiro, Wide Mart Asoda, Wide Mart Tsukide
Partially open – Aeon Kumamoto, Aeon Kumamoto Chuo

Max Value:
All stores open

Rocky:
All stores open

Youme Mart:
(NEW) Now open: Nagamine
Closed for renovation, scheduled to reopen in Spring 2017 – Kusunoki

Youme Town:
Partially open – Hikarinomori
Closed, scheduled to reopen Fall 2016 – Sanpian, Hamasen
The CEO of Izumi Group (which owns Youme Town) noted there are plans to reopen Sanpian and Hamasen this November during a visit with Governor Kabashima on May 17.
All others open

Marushoku:
All stores open

Sunlive:
Closed – Kokai, Kumanan, Kengun, Shimizu
All others open

Sunny:
Open – Kikuchi, Sakuragi
Closed – Suizenjieki


Convenience Stores

Most convenience stores are expected to be open as usual (excepting any that were damaged).  As always, stores are subject to early closure if supplies run low.


Department Stores

Tsuruya – The Tsuruya buildings are fully reopened. Some restaurants on the 7th floor of the main building may still be closed. Please check the Tsuruya Website for more information.

Parco – Fully reopened.

Aune Kumamoto – Fully reopened.


Mail and Delivery

Yamato is delivering packages to all areas, however deliveries to the Kamimashiki area and Minamiaso may be delayed. In addition, some special delivery services may be not be available for those areas.

Sagawa Express is now delivering to all areas, but there may be delays in packages heading to Kumamoto.

Japan Post:
– Packages can be sent to/for Kumamoto Prefecture. However, delivery to Kamimashiki, Aso, and Minamiaso is difficult at the moment.

Mobile post offices have been deployed in Mashiki to provide postal services to those at evacuation centers.