Staff Interview: Tomoko ISHIKAWA (Secretariat of the concert project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Haruka SHIMIZU, December 11th, 2015] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Haruka Shimizu. In our sixth installment of staff interviews, we have Ms. Tomoko Ishikawa. When she was a student, she went to the JVC’s Concert for International Cooperation. Later on, it led her to her current task in charge of the Secretariat for the Concert Project. This concert contributes its profit to JVC’s activities. Ms. Ishikawa, in charge of this great event, is a mother of two children. I would like to find out about her experiences in student days, family life and organizing concerts!

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Staff Interview: Masato HIRANO (in charge of the Laos project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Yuka WATANABE, February 15th, 2016] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Yuka Watanabe. Here is the blog article number 9! This time, I will be interviewing Masato Hirano who spent three and a half years in Laos since 2008, and worked for three years in the Tokyo office. He is now working again in Laos since November 2015. We will deliver a picture of the interview we took just before the appointment.

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Staff Interview: Miki IKEDA (Accountant & Iraq Project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Haruka SHIMIZU, December 3rd, 2015] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. In our fifth installment of staff interviews, we have Mr. Miki Ikeda, in charge of accounting and our Iraq project. It is important for NGOs to manage money rigorously as in companies, since many supporters donate the money. Why does he take part in the Iraq project at the same time? Let’s ask him and find out. He is a typical “Kansai-jin”, a person who grew up in the Kansai area (near Osaka) and speaks this dialect exclusively. I wish I could translate his passionate…

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[closed] Welcome to the English volunteer team of JVC!

* Application to the English volunteer team is now closed. We thank all the applicants for their interest on this matter. The Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) is an international NGO working in the fields of humanitarian aid and community development. The activities include post-conflict reconstruction, peacebuilding, medical care, rural development, forest preservation, and more. We are currently doing projects in nine countries, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, South Africa, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Korea (DPRK). We also work in Japan to support people in Kesennuma and Minamisoma who suffered from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. For further information, visit our website (http://www.ngo-jvc.net/en/). We are now looking for volunteers who…

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Staff Interview: Takahiko HASHIMOTO (Secretariat of the calendar project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Haruka SHIMUZU, March 14th, 2016] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Haruka Shimuzu. Today, I will be interviewing Mr. Takahiko Hashimoto who was previously intern in the Palestine Project and is currently in charge of the JVC Calendar production*. Being a soccer star in his teens, travelling abroad the world in his twenty’s and a nursery school teacher in his thirties, the well versed and experienced Hashimoto san aims to “connect nursery school teaching with international cooperation”. I wonder what kind of stories he has to tell, so I can’t wait to hear them! [*He is now in charge of the…

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ON THE 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR II: A SENSE OF CRISIS IN THE JAPANESE DIPLOMATIC POLICIES

[Original Published: Renewal as of August 23, 2016 by Hiroshi Taniyama, JVC’s President] Modern war is protracted one Most of modern wars take the form of “anti-terrorism war”. An “anti-terrorism war” does not have a distinct front line of fight, and cannot always differentiate between a combatant and noncombatant. A characteristic of modern war is meant to be “a war fought among residents”. Consequently, civilians would be more liable to damages. Furthermore, it is very difficult to negotiate ending the war because the side of “terrorist” rarely has a chain of command like a state does. Therefore, the war is likely to be protracted. Learning from the case of Afghanistan…

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STAFF INTERVIEW: Junya HOSONO (DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Yuka WATANABE, November 18th, 2015] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Yuka Watanabe. In our third installment of staff interviews, we have Mr. Junya Hosono, Deputy General Manager. Mr. Hosono is in charge of various range of things at the office, including general affairs and labor. To be honest, Mr. Hosono is a little bit unusual in an NGO setting. He is a Systems Engineer (SE), a ‘techie’. How did a systems engineer get into the path of international cooperation? Let’s ask and find out. What led you to participate in the field of international cooperation? Initially, I did not have…

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WAR IN SOUTH SUDAN INTENSIFIED; IS IT RIGHT THAT SDF’S PKO KEEPS STATIONED?

[Original Published: Renewal as of July 21, 2016 by Hiroshi Taniyama, JVC’s President] Fierce battles happened in Juba, a capital of South Sudan, where Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) were dispatched under United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (PKO). More than 270 persons have been killed in gun battles which started on the 7th of this month. It is said that the actual number of civilian casualties was more than that. It produced more than 40,000 refugees. Food shops were looted, and transportation of goods was stopped by inspection. They were worried about food shortage. Both opposing parties, president’s supporters and vice-president’s, issued an order of cease-fire. However, there is still some possibility…

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Staff Interview: Takatoshi HASEBE (Secretary General)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Yuka WATANABE and Haruka SHIMUZU November 12th, 2015] Hello, I am Yuka Watanabe, PR intern. The second staff member for our interview is Mr. Takatoshi Hasebe, the Secretary General . What is a secretary general of NGOs like? I would like to thoroughly examine it. Mr. Hasebe has long been involved in Afghanistan as a local representative and is currently working at the Tokyo office. It is now difficult for Japanese to enter Afghanistan on account of security issues, so I expect to learn from him a lot of things about the country.

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Staff Interview: Hiroshi TANIYAMA (President)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Yuka WATANABE and Haruka SHIMUZU October 15th, 2015] How do you do, everybody? We are Haruka Shimizu and Yuka Watanabe, JVC public relations (PR) interns in 2015. We are helping the PR team from April, 2015 to March, 2016 and also simultaneously learning about international cooperation. There are many experienced and ardent staff in JVC for which we are working as interns. We have decided to post interview reports of staff on our blog, compiling their career up to now, the reasons why they joined JVC, and their character which only their close colleagues know. We would be very happy if you would…

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