A painting of Japanese Emporer Meiji and Empress Shoken visiting the wounded in Hiroshima during the Russo–Japanese War (1904–1905). Empress Shoken helped create the Japanese Red Cross Society in 1887 and, in 1912, established an international fund to increase peacetime activities of all Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Empress Shoken Fund continues to help build the resilience of vulnerable people through disaster response operations, disaster risk reduction, preparedness, health programmes and other community-based activities.

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