EU responds quickly to Japan's call for help as the country struggles with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, including the crisis at some of its nuclear plants.
On 15 March Japan asked the EU for help with the unfolding humanitarian crisis - hundreds of thousands of people are in immediate need of medical care, shelter and food after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's north-eastern coast.
The EU activated its emergency response system which helps its 27 member countries coordinate assistance when domestic and international crises occur.
This led to immediate offers from several countries to help with Japan's request for blankets, mattresses, and water bottles, tanks, and purification units.
The EU is providing additional help, such as:
Nuclear power plant crisis
The crisis at Japan's nuclear power plants is being watched closely. The Commission is getting regular updates from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
It has also met the EU's 27 national nuclear safety authorities and people in charge of building and running Europe's nuclear power plants. The aim was to assess the EU's state of preparedness in responding to any similar problems.
The Commission plans to coordinate stress tests of all the EU's nuclear power plants to ensure these are safe. The EU will ask neighbouring countries to make a commitment to carry out similar stress tests.
The EU is in constant communication with Japan's government to determine the additional help it can provide.