The Japan Dietetic Association-Disaster Assistance Team was established after the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami hit the north-eastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. The team provides prompt support for activities related to nutrition and diet when a large-scale natural disaster occurs.
The Japan Dietetic Association assisted with the following activities after the earthquake occurred on the 11th
of March, 2011.
- March 13th 2011 - An emergency disaster response meeting was held in Kyoto, at the Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts.
- March 15th 2011 – A disaster-response was set up at headquarters of the Japan Dietetic Association.
- March 26th 2011 - A preliminary investigation was held with the cooperation of the Japan Primary Care Association Society (Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture). Registered dietitians were sent for disaster assistance management and volunteers (starting from Kesennuma as a base)
- April 5th 2011 – Delivery of supplies was started to the disaster areas with the cooperation of the supporting members. The members worked with the National Institute of Health and Nutrition, to print and distribute leaflets and manuals about nutrition and diet, at shelters for support after the disaster.
- April 12th 2011 - Registered dietitians were sent for disaster assistance management and volunteers, using Ishimaki as a base.
- May 13th 2011 - Registered dietitians were sent for disaster assistance management and volunteers, using Tono as a base. Began to prepare the Japan Dietetic Association's Disaster Assistance Teams.
- June 2011 - The demands and proposals related to health support of the victims were submitted to the government by the *Victims Health Support Council.
- June 16th 2011 - The task of sending registered dietitians for disaster assistance management and volunteers was completed, using Ishimaki as a base.
- July 2nd 2011 - The task of sending registered dietitians for disaster assistance management and volunteers was completed starting from Kisennuma as a base.
- July 15th 2011 - A nutrition care station was opened in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture.
- July 16th to 18th 2011 - Visited the disaster area.
- August 31st 2011 - The task of sending registered dietitians for disaster assistance management and volunteers was completed starting from Tono as a base.
- November 2011 - A nutrition seminar for the mind and body aimed at temporary housing residents was held as part of an assistance project in Iwate prefecture.
- January 2012 - The Japan Dietetic Association-Disaster Assistance Team (JDA-DAT) was established.
- February 18th to 19th 2012 - The first JDA-DAT leader training session was held with 106 leaders.
- March 16th to 18th 2012 – Visited the disaster area.
* The Victims Health Support Council was formed by the Japan Medical Association, Japan Dental Association, Japan Pharmaceutical Association, Japan Nursing Association, Association of Japan Medical Colleges, Japan Hospital Association, and Japan Dietetic Association in order to study related issues and provide health support to the disaster victims.
Support activities after the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami
Major activities by the JDA-DAT after the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami include the ones for torrential rain in Hiroshima (August 2014) and Ibaraki (September 2015), for earthquake in Nagano (November 2014), Tokushima (February 2015), Nepal (April 2015), Iwate, Ibaraki, Ogasawara (May 2015), Hokkaido (June 2015) and Kumamoto (April 2016), and for volcanic eruption in Kagoshima (May 2015).