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Founded in 1983, Peace Boat is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The organization works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment through global educational programs, cooperative projects and advocacy activities on global peace voyages. Activities based in Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our seven Peace Centers in Japan. Our associate organization Peace Boat US is a 501(c)3 registered organization based in New York, and we have representatives in Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East.


As part of our wider peace building activities, Peace Boat has carried out emergency relief operations for the past 15 years, delivering emergency assistance and raising funds, as well as coordinating the dispatch of experienced logisticians, interpreters and volunteer teams to affected areas all over the world.

Peace Boat’s first disaster relief efforts took place in 1995, following the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe, Japan when teams of volunteers provided assistance for months supporting community access to food, water and other basic supplies as well as humanitarian support. Since then, Peace Boat has organized emergency relief operations in disaster affected locations around the world, including in Turkey (Aug. 1999), Taiwan (Sept. 1999), Algeria (May. 2003), Mid-Niigata, Japan (Nov. 2004), Sri Lanka (Dec. 2004), Pakistan (Oct. 2005), in the US (Hurricane Katrina, Oct. 2005), Indonesia (Jun. 2006) and Korea (Aug. 2007). The most recent one is in the US (Hurricane Sandy, Oct.2012).