International Festival CHIBA

At the Kanda University of International Studies in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, there will be an “International Festival CHIBA” event featuring organizations that engage in international exchange and international cooperation and JVC will also be having an exhibit there! At the festival, the participating organizations will be introducing their activities and selling goods including fair trade products. Since the festival is co-held with an event called “Makuchari ✕ Sorabito” featuring students at the Kanda University of International Studies, you can get to enjoy that event’s charity market too. JVC is planning to talk about our on-site activities around the world and to have various global items on sale. The craft goods…

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REPORT ON OFFICIAL TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA NO. 1: WE ARE NOW HAVING A CONFERENCE FOR OUR ANNUAL PLANS!

[Original by Naoko WATANABE, South Africa Project (February 26, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura] Hello, my name is Naoko Watanabe. I am in charge of the South Africa Project. Now, our staff members of the Community Development Group are visiting our local offices overseas and holding conferences for our annual plans. We are scheduled to have conferences at the end of every fiscal year in order to review that year’s operation results and draft next year’s operation plans and budgets in accordance with each project. I have been likewise occupied in this conference together with our local staff members in South Africa day after day. When we were reviewing operation…

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Staff Interview: Kazuo YOKOYAMA (Kesennuma Project*)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (April 28, 2016); Translated by Y. Nakamura/A. Senkoff] [*Mr. Yokoyama is currently in charge of the Minamisoma project as of April 2018.] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. I will interview today Mr. Yokoyama in charge of the Kesennuma project. He was born in Morioka city, Iwate prefecture, and had grown up in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures until coming to Tokyo to enter university. How did he become involved in his current job? I am looking forward to talking with him about many things! I heard you had built up your career as an engineer…

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Statement on the military attack on Syria by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France

16 April 2018 Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) On the assumption that on 7 April 2018 chemical weapons were used upon innocent civilians in the Eastern Ghouta district of Syria, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France on 14 April 2018 conducted a military attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We, Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), have undertaken humanitarian aid in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Palestine to aid local peoples suffering from conflicts. Having witnessed the serious harm inflicted upon innocent citizens by the military actions of countries such as the United States and Russia, as well as by the government of Syria…

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THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE CHARITY BAZAAR @ CAMBODIA

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (March 15, 2018); Translated by M. Tang/J. Hills] Good afternoon! This is Mariko Omura from Cambodia. On March 11th 2018, a charity bazaar in aid of the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake was held at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This bazaar was organized by the famous Cambodia pepper maker, KURATA PEPPER, and sponsored by many well-known stores in Phnom Penh. This time, we took the chance to donate the proceeds of this charity bazaar to JVC’s Kesennuma and Minamisoma Projects. On that day, I was in charge of a large panel exhibition booth, which was prepared by KURATA PEPPER. The bazaar started at…

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Promoting Peace Building through ‘Peace Yard’ Activities

[Original by Ghamra Rifai, Volunteer of the Iraq Project Team and Emi Nakano, Assistant of the Iraq Project Team (6 March 2018); Translated by M. Kanai/R. Florea] Here is the report on the activities of ‘Peace Yard’implemented jointly by INSAN (Iraqi Society for Relief and Development) and JVC from August to October 2017. 1. Selection of participants In five districts including Rapareen in Kirkuk City, we approached the parents of children who were not attending school and called for participation in our Social Art Workshop. We had a meeting with the parents, explained our activities, and tried to obtain detailed information about the participating children. In cooperation with the INSAN…

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The Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake Comes Again

[Original by Hiroshi TANIYAMA, President (12 March 2018); Translated by J. Hills] Thank you ever so much for your continued support for the Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC). Seven years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami shocked the world in March 2011. I express my deepest condolences to those that have lost loved ones as a result of this heart-breaking disaster. And now, with the process of reconstruction still ongoing, I express my immense admiration for those that continue to devote themselves to the enormous task of rebuilding the lives that had been all but destroyed. With the deepest wish that the victims will once…

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THE COUNTRY CALLED SUDAN (2)

[Original by Takahiko HASHIMOTO, Sudan Project (October 10, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi/A. Senkoff] Hello to everyone who are supporting JVC. This is Hashimoto. For the past few days, it has been heavily raining in Khartoum. I had made a mistake in the past by underestimating the rain in Sudan after believing it only rained a little bit. The sky became dark suddenly and it began to rain heavily after lightning. In addition, a blackout happened. Next day the room that was being used as office became flooded. The area around the building was also flooded and was similar to a pond so I couldn’t go out for a while.…

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THE COUNTRY CALLED SUDAN (1)

[Original by Takahiko HASHIMOTO, Sudan Project (October 10, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi/A. Senkoff] Hello to everyone who are supporting JVC. My name is Hashimoto and I’ve been working in Sudan since February 2017 for Sudan project. It is not the first time for me to appear on the JVC website. I was introduced in JVC Staff Interview last year. I hope to be able to report on daily life here in Sudan from my own perspective as much as possible. The country that is very likely to leave you with a positive impression From my experiences visiting several countries in the past, I have always had the impression that…

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Film screening “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives”

About the film The serious health problems caused by genetically modified (GM) foods are now occurring in the US population. In this film, facts are clarified by the testimonies and scientific evidence from medical scientists, researchers involved in government’s food safety supervision, parents of children suffering from autism and allergies, veterinarians dealing with livestock health disorders and so on. Produced and directed by Jeffrey M. Smith, the internationally renowned expert on GM issues, this film questions the concerned genetically modified organisms (GMO) safety issue, initiates discussions, and contributes greatly to the non-GMO movement in the US. As a major GMO importer from the US, Japan is closely connected to this…

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