About JVC

The Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) is an international NGO established in 1980. It originally consisted of Japanese volunteers who rushed to Thailand to save displaced people in Indochina. Later activities were focused on a variety of areas including rural development, forest reservation, post-conflict reconstruction, peace building, medical care, disaster relief, and advocacy. We have accumulated much experience in supporting people in more than 20 countries. We implement activities meeting local needs and situations with an eye toward the futures of people and the communities they live in. JVC aims to build peaceful and self-sustainable societies, and we are currently active in Cambodia, Laos, South Africa, Thailand, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Korea (DPRK), and Japan.

Finance

In the 2015 fiscal year, the JVC operated on a budget of approximately 360 million yen. The graphic below provides a breakdown of the budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

(Fiscal Year 2015 Finance Report: PDF)

Staff (As of June 2016)

97 (35 Japanese including 8 overseas, 62 on-site staff members)

President:
Hiroshi TANIYAMA

(TANIYAMA interview: blog article)
Secretary General:
Takatoshi HASEBE

(HASEBE interview: blog article)

Offices: Tokyo, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan, Palestine, South Africa, Sudan, Kesennuma

Board of Directors (As of July 2017)

Koyu FURUSAWA (Professor, Kokugakuin University)
Atsuko ISODA (JVC Vice President, Professor, Kagawa Nutrition University (Joshi Eiyo Daigaku))
Shoji KINOSHITA (Maestrora Music Academy)
Kim KYUNGMOOK (Professor, Waseda University)
Ryutaro OGAWA (Lawyer)
Hiroshi SASAKI (Professor, Niigata University of International and Information Studies)
Toshiaki SHIMA (JVC OB)
Ken SHIMIZU (Development consultant)
Toshihiro SHIMIZU (Former Secretary General, JCBL President)
Tetsuo TAKASHIMA (Private organization staff)
Yu TANAKA (MIRAI-Bank)
Hiroshi TANIYAMA (JVC President)
Nobuhiro TEMMYO (HOSHI-NO-TANI Farm)

Auditors (As of July 2017)

Kaori KURODA (CSO Network Japan)
Mei YAZAKI (CPA)

Awards

1988 The Tokyo Bar Association Prize for Human Rights
1989 Asahi Welfare Prize
1992 Mainichi International Exchange Awards
1995 Prime Minister’s Awards
2015 Peace Studies Association of Japan Prize for Peace

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