'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Dec 24, 2014

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Are you feeling lucky? Donors who give cash to the city of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture are being rewarded with unconventional thank-you gifts: lottery tickets. Since November, Ube has been sending stacks of tickets to well-wishers who make a contribution to city coffers through ...

Dec 16, 2014

Nippon Foundation donates ferry to Palau

The Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Nippon Foundation has donated a small passenger ferry to the Pacific island nation of Palau after one sank in a typhoon in December 2012. The Nippon Maru II will run between Palau’s most populous state of Koror and Peleliu Island, ...

First lady Akie Abe donates books to U.N. school in New York

Nov 18, 2014

First lady Akie Abe donates books to U.N. school in New York

The United Nations International School on Monday received 42 books in Japanese donated by first lady Akie Abe. They will be made available to the 100 or so students studying the language at the school’s Manhattan campus. Ambassador to the U.N. Motohide Yoshikawa told ...

Sep 17, 2014

Japan to donate over $10 million to Iraqi, Syrian refugees

Japan plans to donate more than $10 million through international organizations to Iraqi and Syrian refugees displaced by the Islamic State militant group, sources with knowledge of Japan-U.S. relations said on Tuesday. The Abe administration sees the humanitarian aid as its contribution to the ...

NICCO driven to continue Afghan aid

| Dec 5, 2013

NICCO driven to continue Afghan aid

by Atsushi Kodera

Members of the Kyoto-based nonprofit organization Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) defied danger and entered Afghanistan as soon as the brutal Taliban government had fallen. They have since continued their difficult humanitarian support activities for more than 10 years. This September, their ...

Philippine foundation assists typhoon victims

| Dec 5, 2013

Philippine foundation assists typhoon victims

by Dolora Cardeno

For 39 years, ERDA, a nongovernmental organization, has helped poor, disadvantaged and excluded children across the Philippines, especially dropouts, receive education. ERDA has helped more than 700,000 children access formal and alternative learning systems. ERDA programs and services are offered nationwide in 34 provinces ...

Asylum seekers find help at JAR

| Dec 5, 2013

Asylum seekers find help at JAR

by Magdalena Osumi

The number of people seeking asylum in Japan reached some 2,600 at the end of October, adding to the soaring rate of those with no residency rights or financial assistance. Although asylum applicants have surged sharply, especially in the last three years, the refugee-recognition ...