Staff Interview: Shigeru KIMURA (Public Relations & Fundraiser)

[Original by Yui SHOJI, 2020 Public Relations Intern (March 23, 2021); Translated by M. Kanai/A. Taguchi] Hello, everyone. My name is Shoji. I am a 2020 Public Relations intern. In this session, I invited Shigeru Kimura from the Public Relations & Fundraising group. He was once a JVC representative in Thailand. He spent more than 10 years in total in Thailand ever since his first visit as a student! He was in Thailand even on the day of his graduation from university. After leaving JVC for a while to launch activities on his own, he later rejoined JVC in 2015. I would like to ask him what international cooperation means…

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Staff Interview: Yoshie NIMODA (Public Relations)

[Original by Kazuto KANAOKA, 2020 Public Relations Intern (December 14, 2020); Translated by K. Adachi/A. Taguchi] Hello everyone! I’m Kanaoka, a 2020 Public Relations Intern. The third interview in 2020 is with Ms. Yoshie Nimoda, who is in charge of public relations. She has a “serious and sloppy” character that both herself and others admit. I asked if it is really the case! First, please tell us about your hobbies! I currently enjoy learning English. In parallel with online English conversations, I attend a comprehensive face-to-face English class twice a week at a school. Also, I like bands such as rock, and I enjoyed going to annual outdoor music festivals,…

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Staff Interview: Yumiko INAMI (Accounting and Labor Affairs)

[Original by Yui SHOJI, 2020 Public Relations Intern (October 21, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi] Hello, I am Shoji, a 2020 Public Relations (PR) Intern. This time, I interviewed Ms. Inami who is in charge of Accounting and Labor Affairs. She has worked in JVC for about 30 years. She talked about some surprising stories from JVC’s history like how there used to be staff members who took their children to the JVC office to work. In addition, her memories of Vietnam still influence her current life. Please stay with us! 30 years ago, why did you start working for JVC? I suppose JVC and I were linked by…

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Staff Interview: Mizuho OSAWA (Palestine Project)

[Original by Kazuto KANAOKA, 2020 Public Relations Intern (October 12, 2020); Translated by S. Tokugawa/M. Olagoke] Hi everyone! I am Kanaoka, the 2020 Public Relations intern for JVC. The 2020 interns continue to conduct staff interviews as we did last year. You can read previous staff interviews in the previous articles. I hope you will enjoy them! For the first round of staff interviews in 2020, I interviewed Mizuho Osawa who takes charge of the Palestine Project. Her motto is “Enjoy everything!” We the interns currently work from home, and she held lunch conversation meetings between the JVC staff and us. The impression of her is that she is always…

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Staff Interview: Kei ITO (Fundraiser)

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern/ Saki TAKEUCHI, 2018 Fundraising Intern (April 17, 2019); Translated by Y. Miki/S. Altman] Hello, everyone! I am Fujii, the 2018 Public Relations Intern. This is actually the last page for me as an intern. Please enjoy it until the end. For the third round of staff interviews in 2018, I interviewed Kei Ito, our fundraiser and calendar designer/creator. Mr. Ito is the father of three daughters and he looks even more fatherly with this fleece on. This time, we would like to ask for details of how he entered an NGO for international cooperation from his previous freelance cameraman job. What started…

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Staff Interview: Ryohei YAMAMURO (Laos Project)

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern and Ayane ISHIZUKA, 2018 Webpage Update Intern (October 25, 2018); Translated by Y. Miki/S. Altman] Hello! My name is Fujii, a PR intern in 2018 for JVC. It has been 3 years since the Staff Interviews began in 2015 and we have more staff now. So then, this year we decided to resume the interviews with new members. Contents will include their reasons for working at an NGO, the unexpected sides of the staff, and so on. We will try to post updates frequently. Please check it out and enjoy our pages! Well… The very first person of 2018 is Ryohei Yamamuro,…

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Staff Interview: Takayuki YAMAMOTO (Sudan Project)

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern/Takako NASU, 2018 Webpage Analysis Intern (December 25, 2018); Translated by S. Altman] Hello, everyone! I am Fujii, the 2018 Public Relations Intern. This time, in the second round of staff interviews in 2018, I interviewed Takayuki Yamamoto, our local staff worker in Sudan. Mr. Yamamoto started at JVC in April of 2018 and was assigned to Sudan in October of the same year however; this interview was held while he still worked at the Tokyo office before his transfer. Mr. Yamamoto is the epitome of a Kansai person and the life of the party, always making people laugh. Usually he is very…

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INTRODUCTION OF ON-SITE STAFF MEMBERS 2018

[Original from the JVC’s News Letter “Trial & Error” vol. 330 (Spring issue, 2018); Translated by N. Mizutani] We work together with a number of local staff in our overseas offices. Here we introduce them with their memories of the biggest events they had in 2017. The following on-site staff are as of March 2018. Afghanistan Ajmal Khuram (Education coordinator) I visited India with my mother. This was her first time to travel by air. We enjoyed living spending time with Indian people who have totally different culture and religions.   Abdul Wahab (Program coordinator) We hope this year will be a peaceful year for Afghanistan and that armed groups…

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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 Member Assistance as of April 2019.] 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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