The program was first activated only 4 hours after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. 14,112 units of LPG cooking stoves together with 85,152 LPG canisters were delivered to the people in the disaster-hit areas where all the public utilities were down.
This program was also activated in the wake of Kumamoto Earthquake (2016), Western Japan Floods (2018), Hokkaido Earthquake (2018), Chiba and East Japan typhoons (2019), and Heavy rain of July, Reiwa 2 (2020).
Saudi Aramco and Iwatani received a letter of appreciation by the Minister of State for Disaster Management in recognition of the contribution in 2016.
More than 50% of Japan’s LPG imports are consumed by households. LPG has a clear advantage in distribution to and usage by those who cope with natural disasters.