2020 Northeast Asian University Peace Exchange Program

Study Group 1 Kickoff Report [Original by Yuna TAMAMURA, an intern on the Korea Children Campaign (October 13, 2020); Translated by S. Young] Hi, I’m Yuna Tamamura, an intern on the Korea Children Campaign. This is my first blog post, but I’ve written it hoping that it reaches the hearts of lots of people. Today I’m going to report on the first Study Group for the Northeast Asian University Peace Exchange Program. About the “Japan-DPRK University Student Exchange” Program Since 2001 JVC and other NGOs have run a project called “Children’s Art Exhibitions”. This has allowed children in the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the People’s…

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INTERN INTERVIEW 2020: YUI SHOJI

[Original posted in Hatena Blog by Kazuto KANAOKA, 2020 Public Relations Intern (October 5, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /H. Lai] Hello everyone! This is Kazuto Kanaoka. I am an intern from public relations department. In the 2nd round of 2020 Interviews of Interns, I invited Yui Shoji who is also from public relations department. Yui is such an energetic person that she goes beyond the standards in various areas (LOL). Whenever I talk with her, she has all the stories that make me say “What?!”, and I feel that my mind widely opened over the past six months because of her. I hope you can experience the ‘World of…

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INTERN INTERVIEW 2020: KAZUTO KANAOKA

[Original posted in Hatena Blog by Yui SHOJI, 2020 Public Relations Intern (September 9, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/H. Lai] Hello, everyone! Nice to see you! My name is Yui. I am an intern from Public Relations (PR) department of JVC. We will start doing Intern Interview 2020 in this blog! I’m so excited to ask our new interns what questions they might have before they became an intern here. I hope you will get to know more about them through these interviews. This time, I interviewed Kazuto KANAOKA, another Intern from PR department. We’ve been working together for about half a year, and I found that he can naturally…

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Finished digging reservoirs and wells before the rainy season!

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (July 21, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi] I am Mariko Omura, the JVC Cambodia Office Representative. First, I would like to write about the novel coronavirus in Cambodia. Recently, new cases of infections were confirmed only at the airport quarantine stations and there has been no case of community transmission. In July, amusement facilities such as karaoke bars were allowed to open if they are registered as restaurants. Selected schools may also be able to reopen if they are eligible for early reopening. So far, the total number of confirmed cases is 141. Little by little, people are trying to return to normal…

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2nd Term of literacy action for the villagers by the villagers completed!

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (June 30, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /M. Olagoke] The 2nd term of the literacy class, which is supported by JVC, was completed in March! We finished all classes just before the outbreak of COVID-19 as if we were trying to escape from it, and a total of 250 men and women from the village have learned how to write. Seeing the proud faces of the participants with their diplomas in their hands is the biggest accomplishment of this past year. At the beginning of this year, there were many requests from the village asking us to organize another year of the literacy course…

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Armed conflict in Kaduqli – Emergency food support by JVC

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (June 17, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki/A. Taguchi] In my previous blog, I wrote about an armed conflict between different ethnic groups and how it evolved into an attack towards the civilians in each village. In this blog, I will report about JVC’s emergency food support for the evacuees. Surveying the evacuees in the Hil Jadeeda region The number of registered evacuees is often not precise since a survey is done by the local government right after incidents occur and when people are still in unstable situations or confusion. While taking these government reports into account, it is necessary to investigate in more detail…

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Report about urgent aid for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) @ Cambodia Part 2

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (May 28, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/M. Olagoke] I am Mariko Omura, the JVC Cambodia Office Representative. I continue to work remotely from Japan in collaboration with the staff in Cambodia. Today, I’d like to tell you about our food assistance project, following the previous urgent aid on hygiene products. Two new infected cases reported from April 13 to May 25 According to the Cambodian Ministry of Health, there are no longer any COVID-19 patients in hospital after the last one (at that time) of the total 122 infected persons was discharged on May 16. On May 20, a new countermeasure became public: all…

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Armed conflict in Kaduqli – What happened to residents who once lived in the same community

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (June 11, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /A. Taguchi] In mid-May, an armed conflict broke out between Arabic herders called Hawazma and a Nuba ethnic group referred to as Angolo, in which at least 26 people died and left many wounded. Many civilians including a two-year-old boy and two of JVC staff’s relatives became victims. JVC had long been supporting the people who evacuated from the conflict between the government of Sudan and anti-government forces in 2011. The region where those people live was also recently severely damaged. There is tension in the atmosphere: violent attacks with rifles and rockets, destruction of houses and…

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Changes in the lives and voices of the local people under COVID-19 pandemic in JVC’s project site, Kaduqli

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (May 7, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /A. Taguchi] In the previous blog, I wrote mostly about the influence of COVID-19 in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, but in this blog, I am going to tell you about the situation in Kaduqli one of JVC’s project sites. Influence of COVID-19 As of May 6th, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in South Kordofan which has Kaduqli as the state capital. However, the state was left behind from growth and development by the government and had been affected by conflicts for a very long time. Because of this, the medical standards in Kaduqli are…

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Announcement of the reopening of the JVC Tokyo office from June 8th

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, we have temporarily closed our Tokyo office until May 31st. On May 25th, the Japanese Government lifted the emergency declaration and the number of newly infected persons has been decreasing. Considering these situations, we have decided to reopen our office from June 8th by combining it with our remote working system. You can make donations and shop on our website as usual, but it may take time for the following procedures due to the limited manpower: Dispatching of documents or goods from JVC such as the issuance of receipt and materials. Response to postal mail or FAX to JVC such as…

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