AIDA’s statement: INGOs are deeply concerned about the US announcement about Jerusalem

The announcement by US President Trump that “the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move the American embassy to Jerusalem” has caused a large uproar not only in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) but also throughout the international community. Israel continues to violently suppress Palestinians who protest against the US announcement, and carries out attacks and bombings in the Gaza Strip almost everyday. In this situation, AIDA (Association of International Development Agencies), a coalition of NGOs working in the oPt, of which JVC is a member, released the following statement. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: INGOs are deeply concerned about the US announcement about Jerusalem 8 December 2017…

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Cambodian People’s Faces As They Really Are (No. 9): Ms. Chanlaksmey (Accountant)

[Produced by our 2015 Cambodia Office Intern: Asami ISHIYAMA, September 12th, 2016] This time I would like to introduce Ms. Chanlaksmey, a graceful lady engaged in accounting at our office in Phnom Penh. Ms. Chanlaksmey is a Catholic in a country where Buddhism prevails, so I was able to listen to her interesting stories which differ considerably to the other staff members. Please read the contents of her interview now.

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Staff Interview: Naoko WATANABE (South Africa Project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Haruka SHIMIZU, June 16th, 2016] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. I will interview today Ms. Naoko Watanabe in charge of the South Africa Project. Mr. Shirakawa recommended her as the most beautiful woman of JVC in the last staff interview. We, PR interns, are also talking about her; “She is too charming!” Why did she take part in the field of international cooperation and South Africa? I’m looking forward to talking with her about many things!

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Staff Interview: Yoriko YAMAMURA (Palestine Project)

[Produced by our 2016 Public Relations Intern: Kiyomi KAMIYA, Harune TANAKA, March 23rd, 2017] Hello. This article is written by Harune Tanaka and Kiyomi Kamiya, the 2016 Public Relations interns. We are about to finish our internship and would like to continue the staff interview which 2015 Public Relations interns started last year. We have interviewed Ms. Yamamura, who joined JVC in 2016, and Mr. Imai, who has been transferred from the local office in Sudan to the JVC Tokyo Office. We hope the interviews offer you an opportunity to get to know the JVC staff members. Ms. Yamamura has been working in Palestine since February 2017. This interview was…

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Film screening “Waste cooking”

Film screening “Waste cooking”

About the film David, a journalist who aims at rescuing foods, travels through five countries in Europe by a kitchen car, which runs on waste oil. He travels by cooking waste foods. We live in a consumption society, in which we waste tremendous amounts of foods everyday. According to the World Food Programme, we discard about one third of produced foods, which amounts 89 million ton in Europe or 1.3 billion ton in the world every year. David meets many people who tackle food problems in unique ways. He serves them dishes made from waste foods, through which he tries to change the awareness of people about food. Title: “Wastecooking”…

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Staff Interview: Ryo ONOYAMA (Afghanistan Project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Haruka SHIMIZU, March 24th, 2015] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. Because of the security situation in Afghanistan, Japanese staff cannot reside or go on a business trip there. Mr. Onoyama, who is in charge of the Afghanistan project, keenly continues his support from Tokyo under such circumstances. Where do his strong will and passion come from? I am also going to ask about his nice beard in this interview.

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Equal relationship and a hope beyond – ”PASHTO CLASS”

[Produced by Asako SHIRAKAWA, a member of JVC Afghanistan Volunteer Team, March 9th, 2017] Outline The JVC Afghanistan Volunteer Team has held “Pashto Class” once a month since August 2016. Pashto is one of the official languages in Afghanistan. As far as we know, there is no such a Pashto class in Japan. It is also our first trial of language course as an activity of the volunteer team. We already had 6 sessions, in which 7 to 8 members attended every time. The class is for two hours. In the first half, we learn basic Pashto from a Japanese teacher (Mr. Fujii or Ms. Kato). In the second half,…

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Towards “PEACE YARD” in August 2017

[Produced by Emi NAKANO, Assistant of the Iraq Project, June 1st, 2017] The diverse ethnic groups such as Arab, Kurds, Turkmen, and Assyrian used to live together in harmony in Kirkuk prefecture located in the northeastern part of Iraq. Under the Hussein regime in 1980s, however, “Arabization” was carried out to immigrate Arabic inhabitants from outside and expel non-Arabic inhabitants, partly because of the rich oil resources. As a result, the tension among ethnic groups increased, and the security in this area was deteriorated. A local Iraqi NGO, INSAN, which means “human being” in Arabic, has been carrying out activity mainly in Kirkuk from 2008 in order to relive the…

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Staff Interview: Sumiko TERANISHI (Korean Project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Haruka SHIMIZU, March 23rd, 2016] [*Ms. Teranishi recently moved to AYUS, another NGO working for international cooperation (http://ngo-ayus.jp).] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. In today’s staff interview, we have Ms. Teranishi who is described as a “Caretaker of JVC” by Ms. Namiki who is in charge of the Palestine project. Ms. Teranishi is not only in charge of the Korean project, but also in charge of taking care of interns every day. She is an unsung hero. She seldom speaks about herself because she is shy. Other staffs don’t know much about her in details.…

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