The Chabad House of Japan, headed by Rabbi Binyomin Edery, received a Certification of Gratitude from the mayor of Iwanuma.
The city with a population of under 50,000 was devastated after the earthquake which shook the country in March.
Rabbi Edery and Chabad have visited numerous towns, assisting the locals with material necessities they are in dire need of. "And while we're there, we teach them about G-d and the Jewish heritage," says Rabbi Edery.
Chabad of Japan has received a number of distinctions for its hard work.
Rabbi Edery's most recent public appearance was at a university, where he spoke about Judaism and Jewish philosophy.
Most recently, on July 10, 2011 Chabad of Japan organized a huge BBQ event for the evacuees of Iwanuma, which served not only their favorite yakiniku or meat, yakitori or chicken sticks, and also sweet kakigori or slush and Canadian bread. They were glad that Rabbi Edery had not forgotten about them, and happy with the food.
"Underlying every talk, is the message of hope and the Messianic era," he said.