Jan 10, 2016

JICA sees sharp drop in volunteers to China

The number of volunteers sent to China by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to teach Japan’s language, culture and sports to children has declined markedly in recent years. Volunteers peaked at 48 in fiscal 2006 but fell sharply to just one in fiscal 2014 ...

Apr 9, 2015

Crime-fighting volunteers rise to new record

A record 2,776,438 volunteers had participated in crime prevention by the end of 2014, up 1.1 percent from a year earlier, a National Police Agency survey revealed Thursday. The activities ranged from guarding children going to and from school to raising awareness of fraud ...

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima

Feb 23, 2015

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima


Machiko Shibata and Yuka Horai are among the girl scouts who have visited Fukushima Prefecture after becoming “foster parents” for sunflower seeds delivered from the disaster-hit region. When the girl scouts from Chiba Prefecture joined the Fukushima Sunflower Foster Parent Project in summer 2011 ...