About us

AidShop.org is an online shopping site where you can purchase support supplies from local stores in the disaster-stricken areas and have them delivered. Your one shopping contributes simultaneously to supporting the victims and aiding their town's reconstruction.

Company name: Forest for Children
Founder & director: Taro Yamazaki
Address: 32-1 Ishibiya-cho, Takahashi, Okayama, 716-0015 Japan
Phone: +81 (0)90-3247-0634
Email: info@forestforchildren.com

In March 2011, Japan's Tohoku region was struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The affected areas were filled with people who had lost their families, homes, towns, and jobs. However, support in the form of money and relief supplies poured in from all over Japan and around the world.
In April 2011, when I visited the town of Rikuzentakata in Iwate pref., which was particularly hard-hit, I witnessed situations where the support materials sent from various places were mismatched, difficult to organize, or had high shipping costs relative to the value of the items.
On the other hand, many of the individuals providing support seemed to be anxious about how their donated money or goods were being utilized.
Therefore, in May 2011, I established "Fukkoichiba". That is an online shopping site where you can purchase support supplies from local stores in the disaster-stricken areas and have them delivered. When you purchase items listed on the site, the mechanism ensures that the struggling local businesses in the affected areas prepare the goods and deliver them to the victims in need. This system, where a single donation helps both the store and the victims, was well-received by many people. Over the five years since its establishment, Fukkoichiba has been able to deliver approximately 250 million yen worth of support supplies and generate an equivalent amount in sales to the disaster-affected areas.
As the operator, I had temporarily suspended the operations while witnessing the gradual recovery of Japan's Tohoku region. However, upon observing conflicts such as natural disasters and wars occurring somewhere in the world, I have decided to relaunch the reconstruction marketplace under a new name. The new website is this "AidShop.org."
Everyone, your support for those in need around the world is greatly appreciated.

Taro Yamazaki