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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Staff Interview: Tomoko ISHIKAWA (Concert Project)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (December 11, 2015); Translated by Y. Nakamura/R. Florea] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Haruka Shimizu. In our sixth installment of staff interviews, we have Ms. Tomoko Ishikawa. When she was a student, she went to the JVC’s Concert for International Cooperation. Later on, it led her to her current task in charge of the Secretariat for the Concert Project. This concert contributes its profit to JVC’s activities. Ms. Ishikawa, in charge of this great event, is a mother of two children. I would like to find out about her experiences in student days, family life and organizing concerts!

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Staff Interview: Masato HIRANO (Laos Project)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE, 2015 Public Relations Intern (February 15, 2016); Translated by H. Velnom/R. Florea] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Yuka Watanabe. Here is the blog article number 9! This time, I will be interviewing Masato Hirano who spent three and a half years in Laos since 2008, and worked for three years in the Tokyo office. He is now working again in Laos since November 2015. We will deliver a picture of the interview we took just before the appointment.

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Staff Interview: Miki IKEDA (Accountant & Iraq Project)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (December 3, 2015); Translated by K. Takemura/S. Thapa] Hello, my name is Haruka Shimizu. I am a PR intern for JVC. In our fifth installment of staff interviews, we have Mr. Miki Ikeda, in charge of accounting and our Iraq project. It is important for NGOs to manage money rigorously as in companies, since many supporters donate the money. Why does he take part in the Iraq project at the same time? Let’s ask him and find out. He is a typical “Kansai-jin”, a person who grew up in the Kansai area (near Osaka) and speaks this dialect exclusively. I wish I…

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Staff Interview: Takahiko HASHIMOTO (Calendar Project)

[Original by Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (March 14, 2016); Translated by S. Thapa/Y. Nakamura/A. Guermont] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Haruka Shimuzu. Today, I will be interviewing Mr. Takahiko Hashimoto who was previously intern in the Palestine Project and is currently in charge of the JVC Calendar production*. Being a soccer star in his teens, travelling abroad the world in his twenty’s and a nursery school teacher in his thirties, the well versed and experienced Hashimoto san aims to “connect nursery school teaching with international cooperation”. I wonder what kind of stories he has to tell, so I can’t wait to hear them! [*He is…

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Staff Interview: Junya HOSONO (Deputy General Manager)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE, 2015 Public Relations Intern (November 18, 2015); Translated by S. Thapa/Y. Nakamura] Hello everyone, I am the public relations intern Yuka Watanabe. In our third installment of staff interviews, we have Mr. Junya Hosono, Deputy General Manager. Mr. Hosono is in charge of various range of things at the office, including general affairs and labor. To be honest, Mr. Hosono is a little bit unusual in an NGO setting. He is a Systems Engineer (SE), a ‘techie’. How did a systems engineer get into the path of international cooperation? Let’s ask and find out. What led you to participate in the field of international cooperation? Initially,…

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Staff Interview: Takatoshi HASEBE (Secretary General)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE & Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (November 12, 2015); Translated by S. Thapa/Y. Nakamura/A. Guermont] Hello, I am Yuka Watanabe, PR intern. The second staff member for our interview is Mr. Takatoshi Hasebe, the Secretary General . What is a secretary general of NGOs like? I would like to thoroughly examine it. Mr. Hasebe has long been involved in Afghanistan as a local representative and is currently working at the Tokyo office. It is now difficult for Japanese to enter Afghanistan on account of security issues, so I expect to learn from him a lot of things about the country.

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Staff Interview: Hiroshi TANIYAMA (President*)

[Original by Yuka WATANABE & Haruka SHIMIZU, 2015 Public Relations Intern (October 15, 2015); Translated by Y. Nakamura/K. Takemura] [*Mr. Taniyama retired the President of JVC in June 2018 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.] How do you do, everybody? We are Haruka Shimizu and Yuka Watanabe, JVC public relations (PR) interns in 2015. We are helping the PR team from April, 2015 to March, 2016 and also simultaneously learning about international cooperation. There are many experienced and ardent staff in JVC for which we are working as interns. We have decided to post interview reports of staff on our blog, compiling their career up to…

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