Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance The Kumamoto Earthquake (Duration of assistance: April, 2016 to January, 2017) Fifty lives were lost and some 200,000 houses were damaged by the earthquakes which occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 and 16, 2016 with intensity of 7, the highest level on the Japanese seismic scale. More than 180,000 people were evacuated...

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Activities in Thailand

Activities in Thailand
The number of Thai farmers practicing organic farming has certainly increased with regard to the whole Thai agricultural population. In addition, the type, quality, and quantity of production are steadily stabilizing. However, in terms of sales and profits, there are still differences by region and group, so new ideas are needed. It is required to...

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Activities in South Sudan

Activities in South Sudan
South Sudan is a new country that became independent in 2011. A civil war occurred in 2013, which was terminated by a peace agreement signed in 2015. However, civil war recurred when military clashes erupted again in Juba, the capital of South Sudan in July 2016. The civil war became well known in Japan because...

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Activities in Japan

Activities in Japan
JVC plays an important role in informing the Japanese public of the conditions in the areas where we are active through raising awareness and expanding public support. JVC participated in “Global Festa”, one of the largest events for international cooperation in Japan. In addition, JVC organized six events with more than 500 participants altogether in...

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Activities in Laos

Activities in Laos
The forest of Laos is full of natural resources such as fruits, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, wild plants, crabs, fish, and medical plants. It also offers building materials, firewood, and dyer’s weed. These resources serve as daily food for villagers as well as an important cash income. On the other hand, rapid economic growth often causes...

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Activities in Northeastern Thailand

Activities in Northeastern Thailand
The modernization of agriculture that has accompanied economic development has caused a decline in subsistence farming and increased debt issues for farmers. JVC has worked with Thai farmers and NGOs to create a market for organic produce based on regional-circulation. The number of Thai farmers practicing organic farming has slightly increased with regards to the...

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Activities in Southern Thailand

Activities in Southern Thailand
Medical Assistance for Burmese Workers in Phang Nga Province, Southern Thailand 2016 Activity Report Program background It is said that democratization and transition to civilian rule have progressed in Burma (Myanmar), considering that the general election was held in November, 2015. However, there are still a few domestic problems such as the battle between the...

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Activities in South Africa

Activities in South Africa
24 years have passed since the end of apartheid in 1994. South Africa’s economy has been getting more powerful, including joining BRICS and G20. On the other hand, the gap between the rich and the poor is getting widen, and it has many social problems such as poverty, high unemployment rate, and inequality. These problems...

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Activities in Iraq

Activities in Iraq
Kirkuk, our project region, is a religiously and ethnically diverse region, but due to historical factors there is high tension among the diverse groups that live in the area. However, after the self-claimed “IS” emerged in 2014, violence broke out and around 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) relocated to the 700,000 resident Kirkuk city. A...

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Activities in Cambodia

Activities in Cambodia
High economic growth continues in Cambodia. Meanwhile the economic gap is widening between people’s lives in urban and rural areas. Cambodia is the country where the reduction rate of forests was the most accelerated in the world between 2001 and 2014. Large-scale development of farmlands is under way, which causes many land problems throughout the...

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Activities in Palestine

Activities in Palestine
Due to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, free movement of people and goods has been restricted for 11 years. Industries are devastated and resources are lacking. Gazans are facing severe poverty, with children suffering from serious malnutrition. The illegal separation wall and Israeli settlements divide the communities on the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,...

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Activities in Afghanistan

Activities in Afghanistan
Armed fights among the alliance of the Afghan government and foreign militarymainly the United States, the Taliban, and the self-claimed “Islamic State” (IS) are spreading over the country. While the Taliban expands its occupation area, the IS is also making its presence especially felt in the eastern part of the country such as Nangarhar Province,...

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Activities in Korea

Activities in Korea
Situations are beginning to change drastically around the Korean peninsula, with the North-South and US-North talks by their national leaders, raising the mood for conversations. However, Japan has many issues with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) over history, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, abduction of Japanese people, etc. Without sufficient methods and...

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Activities in Sudan

Activities in Sudan
US economic sanctions against Sudan, which continued for 20 years, has been officially lifted with conditions including resolution of domestic conflicts. This enhanced the opportunity for peace and the situation in South Kordofan state where the conflict between the Sudanese government forces and the anti-government force erupted in 2011 has been stabilized. Both the government...

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Research and Advocacy

Research and Advocacy
In 2017, JVC continued advocacy activities about national security policies, by giving statements together with other networking organizations, on issues of the Conspiracy Law’s enacting and shrinking space for civil society. As advocacy with people struggling against land expropriation caused by free trade, JVC continuously adressed the issues of ProSAVANA, Japanese ODA programme in northern...

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Kesennuma, Miyagi-pref. (Great East Japan Earthquake)

Kesennuma, Miyagi-pref. (Great East Japan Earthquake)
The Great East Japan Earthquake claimed more than 1,000 lives and destroyed some 9,500 housing units in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture. In the 7 years since the disaster, large-scale public works for reconstruction have been in progress in various parts of the city including the completion of the public housing complex for disaster evacuees. However,...

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Minamisoma, Fukushima-Pref. (Great East Japan Earthquake)

Minamisoma, Fukushima-Pref. (Great East Japan Earthquake)
Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture suffered (on March 11, 2011) complex disaster from the Great East Japan Earthquake; massive earthquake, subsequent tsunami, and radioactive contamination due to a nuclear power plant accident that occurred. The occupancy rate of temporary houses in Minamisoma City declined to approximately 11 percent because many people moved to the public...

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