British companies operating in Japan have devised a unique program to reinvigorate businesses in Tohoku affected by the 2011 natural and nuclear disasters.

Members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan raised ¥8.3 million to fund a range of projects designed to get small firms and communities back on their feet in the northeast following the March 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns.

Lori Henderson, executive director of the BCCJ, said in an interview that British companies have been keen to show solidarity with the people of Tohoku and that she hopes this cooperation will long continue.