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Sending Emergency Relief Packages To Niigata

Author: Author Unknown, Issue: November 2004, Topic: Donations

The post office will send emergency relief packages to Niigata for free (until November 24) if you send them to the Nagaoka City Hall at:

940-8501 Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Sawai-machi, 2-Chome 1-1,
Nagaoka Shiyakusho
Saigai Taisaku Honbu

(Ed. note: actually there are about 15 locations you can send to, e.g., the Red Cross location in Niigata. See this post office homepage (Japanese only) for other addresses:


How and What to send

  • Relief Items (clothing, blankets)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Daily amenities (diapers, alcohol spray, towels, saran wrap, tampons)
  • School items
  • Newspapers, magazines etc.
  • Items other than cash and which do not require special handling (no cool items or fragile items)
  • Cash can be sent to other locations-- again, see this HP for details:



  • Must be packed in a "small package (KOTSUTSU YUUBIN BUTSU)" sized box
  • Again, no special handling (no cool storage, etc.)
  • Please pack only new items and one type of item in each box (e.g., a box of drinking water, OR a box of food, OR a box of daily amenities-- do not mix them together)

Refrain from sending the following

  • Used underwear or used blankets (even laundered)
  • Fresh or perishable foods (no onigiri, etc.)


  • Please mark as KYUUENJO YOU ("For Emergency Relief")
  • Please label contents CLEARLY on outside of package


  • Sender may not request specific distribution of goods (as in sending to a specific person, village or group.)
  • Items may not be sent to gain profit.
  • Packages to individuals are not eligible for this service.

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