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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STAFF INTERVIEW: TOHRU SHIRAKAWA (MINAMISOMA PROJECT)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE, 2015 Public Relations Intern (May 9, 2016); Translated by K. Adachi/R. Florea/A. Senkoff] Hello, my name is Yuka Watanabe. I am a PR intern in 2015 for JVC. The 17th interview is with Mr. Tohru Shirakawa, who is in charge of the Minamisoma project. He used to be a journalist who dealt with areas of conflict before joining the staff of JVC. He is well experienced, having covered a story in Afghanistan when he was only 21 years old. I am interested in learning why Mr. Shirakawa, who has extraordinary career, became a staff member of an NGO and why he became in charge of the…

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Staff Interview: Takaki IMAI (Manager for Humanitarian assistance and Peace-building group*)

[Original by Kiyomi KAMIYA, 2016 Public Relations Intern (April 20, 2017); Translated by M. Kanai/R. Florea/A. Senkoff] [*Mr. Imai is appointed to the President of JVC as from July 2018.] Hello everyone! My name is Kiyomi Kamiya. I am a JVC Public Relations Intern. For the 2nd staff interview in 2016, we have Mr. Takaki Imai who is Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding Group currently in charge of emergency assistance for South Sudan. Mr. Imai was stationed in Sudan for approximately 10 years until December 2016 as a local representative for JVC Sudan Project. In January 2017, his base for activities was shifted to Tokyo to supervise the entire…

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Staff Interview: Maki KATO (Afghanistan Project)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE, 2015 Public Relations Intern (April 8, 2016); Translated by N. Mizutani/A. Senkoff] Hello. This is Yuka Watanabe, the 2015 Public Relations intern. Our 15th interview will be an interview to Ms. Maki Kato, who is in charge of our Afghanistan project. Ms. Kato is fond of studying foreign languages and has learned quite a few languages. At the present time, she is studying Pashto, which is the language spoken in Afghanistan. I would like to interview about her international career since high school!

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Staff Interview: Kazue NAKAHARA (Accounting Division)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (July 21, 2016); Translated by M. Kanai/R. Florea/A. Senkoff] Hello everyone! My name is Haruka Shimizu, 2015 Public Relations Intern for JVC. This is already the final installment of staff interview blog, which started in October 2015! Through these interviews, I came to learn the specific reasons why those interviewed staff members have become involved in international cooperation activities as well as surprising aspects of the individuals which you may not have known otherwise. I decided to launch the blog to share with as many people as possible what we were privileged to gain through these interviews. I hope you have enjoyed…

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Staff Interview: Naoko WATANABE (South Africa Project*)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (June16, 2016); Translated by Y. Nakamura/R. Florea] [*Ms. Watanabe is concurrently appointed to the Manager for the Community Development Group as from July 2017.] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. I will interview today Ms. Naoko Watanabe in charge of the South Africa Project. Mr. Shirakawa recommended her as the most beautiful woman of JVC in the last staff interview. We, PR interns, are also talking about her; “She is too charming!” Why did she take part in the field of international cooperation and South Africa? I’m looking forward to talking with her about many…

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Staff Interview: Yoriko YAMAMURA (Palestine Project)

[Original by Kiyomi KAMIYA & Harune TANAKA, 2016 Public Relations Intern (March 23, 2017); Translated by N. Mizutani/A. Senkoff] Hello. This article is written by Harune Tanaka and Kiyomi Kamiya, the 2016 Public Relations interns. We are about to finish our internship and would like to continue the staff interview which 2015 Public Relations interns started last year. We have interviewed Ms. Yamamura, who joined JVC in 2016, and Mr. Imai, who has been transferred from the local office in Sudan to the JVC Tokyo Office. We hope the interviews offer you an opportunity to get to know the JVC staff members. Ms. Yamamura has been working in Palestine since…

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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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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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