Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

by Jun Hongo

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

Fukushima: animal kingdom

Mar 8, 2014

Fukushima: animal kingdom

by Jun Hongo

Kumassy is a cat. As yet he has no owner. No one knows where or when he was born, only that he was found slinking through the damp, cold streets of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 28 before being scooped up by what ...

Aug 27, 2013

70% in poll cool to NPO activities

More than 70 percent of people in Japan are unwilling to take part in the activities of nonprofit organizations, a recent Cabinet Office survey showed. The proportion of such people stood at 71.6 percent, up 22.7 points from the last poll, in 2005. By ...

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

May 2, 2013

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

by Mami Maruko

Most Japanese teens have little exposure to issues of worldwide poverty or the volunteerism that seeks to end it. Unlike in the United States and Europe, where youths are introduced to volunteerism at a fairly young age, children here rarely have the opportunity to ...

Volunteers return from abroad to aid Tohoku

Feb 22, 2013

Volunteers return from abroad to aid Tohoku

by Megumi Yamaguchi

When the catastrophic earthquake of March 11, 2011, struck the Tohoku region, Makoto Yanagisawa was researching stem cells at a university laboratory in the United States. “I was thinking of returning (to Japan) someday, but decided to do so sooner after I kept seeing ...