Immediately after the earthquake, Nissan donated a large “PATROL” SUV to the NGO that was designated to carry out emergency assistance activities. Ultimately, Nissan provided 47 vehicles to nine different organizations.
Disaster areas experienced widespread damage due to the tsunami. Heavy debris was scattered over broad areas, and traveling on damaged roads was extremely difficult. “PATROL” offers the typical all-terrain characteristics of a large SUV, so it was donated to help ensure rapid initial support, for example, in the transportation of essential goods.
Following the one-year period when special operation permits were required, all donated vehicles which had completed their missions in Tohoku (East/North Region) were transported to Africa or East Timor, where they continue to be utilized for important aid activities.