Mr. Hiromi Nagakura is a photographer of Next Year’s JVC Calendar.

[Produced by Yoshie Nimoda, Secretariat of the Calendar Project, March 23rd, 2017.] I am Yoshie Nimoda in the secretariat of the calendar project. I am also a new staff member of JVC from last January. Many readers might not have been informed of my name before this article. I’m hoping for your support from now on. Well, I would like to inform you of JVC’s calendar. Although year 2017 has just begun, our secretariat has already started to make arrangements for next year’s calendar. We have recently decided on collaborating with a photographer for 2018!

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Staff Interview: Mai NAMIKI(Secretariat of the Palestine Project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern: Yuka WATANABE, March 15th, 2016] Hello everyone, I am the Public Relations intern Watanabe. Today, I will be interviewing Ms. Namiki, who is currently in charge of the Palestine Project. She has been dedicated to the Middle East since her university days. I wonder what kind of stories she has to tell, so I look forward to hearing it!!

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I met a boy who said “He did a good job of killing“

[Mai Namiki, 17 October 2016] It was Tuesday evening, 11th October 2016. When I got out of my home in East Jerusalem, three Palestinian boys talked to me. They were my neighbors and of age of junior high school. One of them, who had black eyes and looked friendly, told me. “You often come to my shop, don’t you? It is closed today.” “Which one is it?” “The shop in front of the Rockfeller park.” I often go to the shop, as it is open until late night. The manager and employees are so gentle that I love it. The boy explained that the shop was closed to mourn for…

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Staff Interview: Reiko KOBAYASHI(Sudan Project)

[Produced by our 2015 Public Relations Intern Haruka Shimizu, February 16, 2016] Hello everyone! My name is Haruka SHIMIZU, Public Relations Intern for JVC. This is already the 10th installment of staff interview marking the halfway of the series. Today, I would like to introduce Ms. Reiko Kobayashi who is in charge of the Sudan Project since July, 2015. Her slim figure and polite manners are quite impressive. On the other hand, she was often observed by her colleagues making a joke with a straight face or tying her hair with a bulldog clip… I am curious to know what kind of person she is. I will try to discover…

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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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