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JDRFB Grantee BEYOND Tomorrow Interviewe

(via TAKARA Magazine)

April 2012 | TAKARA Editor/Writer 


JDRFB Interview on Urban Update

(via JDRFB youtube channel)

 March 3, 2012 | Atsuko Toko Fish's interview on Urban Update (WHDH)

Boston Ballet's Night of a Thousand Cranes

(via The Boston Herald)

September 14, 2011 | Megan Johnson 

Now I may be a white girl from New England, but I consider the Land of the Rising Sun to be my second home. So when the earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan in March, I was so sad to think of all the lives that were ruined. Unfortunately, I know that many of the Japanese worry that now, 6 months later, they are yesterday’s news. That’s why I was so happy to be invited to the Boston Ballet’s Night of a Thousand Cranes, which served as a fundraiser for the Japanese Disaster Relief Foundation of Boston. Check out some photos from the incredibly moving event last evening. And if you’re unsure about the devastation in Japan, please watch the video too.

Misa Kuranaga of Boston Ballet steps up to help homeland

(via The Boston Globe,

September 14, 2011 | by Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Boston Ballet principal dancer Misa Kuranaga hosted a benefit for her home country of Japan at the Boston Ballet headquarters Monday night. “A Thousand Cranes,’’ which included a performance of Boyko Dossev’s “Crane’’ and Helen Pickett’s “Tsukiyo’’ and was emceed by Channel 7 reporter Janet Wu, was sold out, which thrilled Kuranaga. “I didn’t think it was going to be sold out so fast,’’ she told us during her last week of prep for the event. “I’ve never done this before. I’ve always been a dancer, but I’ve never been the one to host.’’ Kuranaga, who is from Osaka, said she planned to do her best to mingle as much as possible even though she would be spending part of the night entertaining guests as one of the evening’s performers. “But hopefully after the show, we have coffee and dessert,’’ she said, laughing. “Hopefully I’ll be able to change quickly and go down and meet people and thank them.’’ The night raised money for the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston.

Boston Ballet Supports Japan

September 13, 2011 | NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) 

Six months after the disaster in Northeastern Japan, Boston Ballet and its Principal dancer from Japan held a charity performance to raise funds and call support for the affected areas in Japan through a beautiful act with a message of "Hope".

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September 12 | A Thousand Cranes at Boston Ballet Studios

(via Stuff Magazine,

September 05, 2011 |  by Meghan Kavanaugh

"Wish-making traditions often make no sense. Sure, shooting stars and birthday candles seem auspicious, but wishing on fallen eyelashes is hardly an exact science. Nevertheless, sometimes it's worth going through the folkloric motions - especially when it yields a tangible result. So we're on board for A Thousand Cranes, a fundraiser named for the Japanese legend holding that anyone who folds 1,000 of the origami creatures will have a wish granted. Boston Ballet principal dancer Misa Kuranaga will host the one-night event at Boston Ballet Studios (19 Clarendon Street, Boston), which has a suggested ticket donation of $100. (To keep counting easy, please avoid paying in "lucky pennies.") Emceed by Janet Wu of 7NEWS, the 6:30 p.m. event includes a pre-show cocktail reception and performances of Boyko Dossev's Crane and Helen Pickett's Tsukiyo. Proceeds will benefit the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund of Boston, helping those impacted by the March earthquake and tsunami. If you've been hoping to help, your wish has been granted. Tickets are limited, so donate and learn more now at"

Called home, and called to action


Brookline Philanthropist Rallies Help for Japan

July 28, 2011 | By Brittany Danielson, Globe Correspondent

Founder and Board Member of the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund, and Trustee of The Fish Family Foundation, Atsuko Toko Fish and the JDRFB was featured on the Boston Globe on July 28, 2011.

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The Call from Japan

-Massport Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month- 

August 1, 2011 - Massport Diversity Newsletter


The Emily Rooney Show: Report From Japan

June 22, 2011 - Atsuko and Emily Fish's interview on The Emily Rooney Show (WGBH)



JDRFB interview on Urban Update

 June 5, 2011 | Atsuko Toko Fish's interview on Urban Update (WHDH)

Boston Foundation announces new Japan Fund with Japan Society of Boston, Fish Family Foundation to address urgent needs in the wake of disaster

Fund created as a vehicle for local giving to aid those affected by earthquake

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2011

Boston – The Boston Foundation has announced the creation of a new fund to raise money to help people in the city of Sendai and in the Tohoku Area of northeast Japan who have been affected by a series of disasters, beginning with a massive earthquake on March 11. The Japanese Disaster Relief Fund represents a collaboration between the Boston Foundation, the Japan Society of Boston, and the Fish Family Foundation.

The fund will be announced today, March 21st, at a Boston Candlelight Vigil for Japan, sponsored by the Japan Society and Old South Church. The vigil will be held at Old South Church in Copley Square from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and those planning to attend are asked to register online at

The Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston was launched with a leadership gift of $100,000 from the Fish Family Foundation, according to Larry and Atsuko Toko Fish. The purpose of the fund is to provide immediate relief to affected individuals and communities in Northeast Japan, dedicated to the region’s recovery. Fully 100 percent of funds contributed will go toward the relief and sustaining efforts and the fund is designed to be fully expended within two years.

Atsuko Toko Fish will travel to Japan in the coming weeks to visit the affected region. She will report on what she finds there through the website. The new website can also be used to make donations to aid the residents of Japan. The website will be in English and in Japanese.

Larry Fish is the former Chairman of the Citizens Financial Group. Atsuko Toko Fish is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Foundation. She was the founder of the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative, which is active in Japan and the United States, and is the former Chair of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence. Together, they serve as trustees of the Fish Family Foundation.

“The connections between Boston and Japan are many and deep, and this fund is created to offer an opportunity for those who wish to help the Japanese people at a time of great distress,” said Atsuko Toko Fish. “This is one way Boston area residents can directly and quickly give support where it is greatly needed.”

An earthquake registering an unprecedented 9.0 level of intensity caused a massive tsunami in Northeastern Japan, which in turn caused extensive damage to a major nuclear power facility in the area. The compounded events caused massive damage to communities and the region’s infrastructure and caused thousands of deaths, while fallout from the nuclear reactor has affected the area’s agricultural produce.