Embassy accepting donations to support relief efforts in Kumamoto (until 31 March 2017)

1. The Embassy of Japan is accepting donations for relief efforts in Kumamoto

All donations received by 31 March 2017 will be converted into Yen and forwarded to the accout of the Government of Japan for donations. Please use "Government of Japan" as your bank transfer reference and for payment by cheque, please write "Government of Japan" on the reverse side. The relief money will be delivered to the affected people through the local government.

(1) Payments by bank transfer

The following dedicated bank account for this purpose is now open:
Bank name: Barclays Bank
Sort Code: 20-06-05
Account No.: 33864898
IBAN: GB21 BARC 2006 0533 8648 98

(2) Payment by bank cheque

We continue to accept payments by bank cheque.
[Payee Name] Embassy of Japan
[Address for cheque]
Embassy of Japan (Account Section)
101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

Please write your name, address and ‘for Kumamoto’ on the reverse side of the cheque. In addition, if you need a receipt, please request it in writing and enclose a stamped addressed envelope.


You cannot use Gift Aid and other tax exemption for charities for your donation through our Embassy, even if you are a UK taxpayer, as the Embassy is not eligible. Bank commissions for conversion to Yen will be paid from the collected donations.


2. Direct donations to Local Government

You can also make a direct donation to the bank account of the the local government of affected areas. Details are as follows:

Call for donations by the local government of affected areas

For details regarding the call for donations by the local government of affected areas, please refer to their individual websites.

Information for Kumamoto Prefecture is available in English at the following link:
Call for 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Donations (Kumamoto Prefecture website)