日本で暮らす避難民の方たち 直面する課題を語る Ukrainian evacuees living in Japan talk about the challenges they face

























ドネーション事業部 橋本朋幸


On Friday, July 29, The Nippon Foundation announced that it will increase its living expense assistance to the Ukrainian Evacuees from 1,000 to 2,000. At the press conference, the Ukrainian Evacuees spoke about their current living conditions in Japan.



<Nataliia Muliavka, who evacuated to Japan with her two daughters>


<From left to right: Myroslava (6 years old), Nataliia, and Vladyslava (3 years old)>


Nataliia Muliavka (Kanagawa Prefecture), who evacuated to Japan on March 26 with her two young children and mother, took the podium at the press conference.

When she first arrived in Japan, she was still very confused. She was faced with the difficulty that she was not able to speak Japanese and didn’t have friends who supported her.

She was also very concerned about her children (Myroslava, 6 years old, and Vladyslava, 3 years old), who were separated from their friends in Ukraine. Nataliia sends her two daughters to a local school and preschool. Her oldest daughter, Myroslava, who learned to dance when she was in Ukraine, has started attending gymnastics classes and swimming pools, thanks to the support of the people around her.

Housing is another major challenge. Nataliia and her family evacuated to Japan with only one suitcase. She is currently living with her aunt, who acted as her guarantor, but she hopes to eventually become independent with her daughters. They are planning to rent an apartment with the help of The Nippon Foundation.


<Olena Svidran, who brought her mother to Japan (Saitama, came to Japan in 2007)>


Olena Svidran (Saitama Prefecture), who has been living in Japan since 2007, brought her mother Iryna from Ukraine to Japan in response to the recent invasion.

Iryna was confined to her house for a month immediately after the evacuation. Recently, she has gradually started going out for shopping at convenience stores and supermarkets.

Olena said that what her mother needs most is a “place to belong” in this society. She hopes that Iryna, who has gradually come to understand Japanese through online Japanese lessons, will overcome the Japanese language barrier and find her “place” in the society.

Nataliia and Olena’s words gave us a glimpse into the lives of the Ukrainian Evacuees who are desperately living in Japan while feeling anxious about a variety of issues, including “language,” “relationships,” and “housing.

The Nippon Foundation hopes that as many people as possible will participate in our activities to support the Ukrainian Evacuees living in Japan.

Once again, we would like to ask for your warm support.


<From left to right: Executive Director Junpei Sasakawa, guarantor Olena, Olena’s mother Iryna, Nataliia and her family, Chairman Yohei Sasakawa>




Tomoyuki Hashimoto, Partnership Development Division


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ウクライナ避難民支援に関する情報 Information about
Ukrainian evacuees

渡航費・⽣活費・住環境整備費⽀援について Assistance for travel, living and living environment improvement expenses

ウクライナ避難⺠の⽅へ For Ukrainian evacuees

ウクライナ避難⺠⽀援助成プログラムについて Grant Program for Ukraine evacuees

助成プログラム募集要項 Applications requirements for
the relief program (Japanese)