Staff Interview: Ryo ONOYAMA (Afghanistan Project)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (March 24, 2015); Translated by K. Adachi/R. Florea] 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”

[Original by Asako SHIRAKAWA, a member of the JVC Afghanistan Volunteer Team (March 9, 2017); Translated by A. Shirakawa/R. Florea] 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…

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Towards “PEACE YARD” in August 2017

[Original by Emi NAKANO, Assistant of the Iraq Project (June 1, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi/R. Florea/M. Takahashi] 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…

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Staff Interview: Sumiko TERANISHI (Korean Project)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (March 23, 2016); Translated by K. Adachi/R. Florea] [*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…

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Visit to Kesennuma City after five years of the Great East Japan Earthquake: Construction of the new houses and recovery-from-the-disaster festival

[Original by Harune TANAKA, 2016 Public Relations Intern (October 3, 2016); Translated by M. Kanai/R. Florea/M. Takahashi] Hello everyone, Good afternoon. My name is Harune Tanaka, 2016 Public Relations Intern, currently in charge of JVC’s website. I am a 4th year student at university and doing volunteer work at JVC Tokyo office as an Intern responsible for updating the website. Usually, my job is to put articles written by others up on the website. It is my first time to contribute an article myself, therefore I feel a little nervous. In August 2016, I visited Kesennuma City, which is one of the JVC’s operation fields, together with Ms. Ohmuro, Intern…

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Staff Interview: Mariko OMURA (Public Relations)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE, 2015 Public Relations Intern (February 3, 2016); Translated by H. Sugishita/R. Florea] Hello, everyone. I’m a Public Relations intern, Watanabe. As the first interview in 2016, I interview Ms. Mariko Omura. She has been with JVC for two years and works in the Public Relations Division. I’m so excited for this interview![*She is now in charge of the Cambodia Project and stays at Siem Reap from December 2017.]

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

[Original by Yoshie NIMODA, Calendar Project (March 23, 2017); Translated by Y. Nimoda] 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 (Palestine Project)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE, 2015 Public Relations Intern (March 15, 2016); Translated by J. Maruyama/R. Florea] 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“

[Original by Mai NAMIKI, Palestine Project (October 17, 2016); Translated by K. Takemura/S. Igawa] 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…

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Staff Interview: Reiko KOBAYASHI (Sudan Project)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (February 16, 2016); Translated by M. Kanai/R. Florea] 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…

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