May 1, 2015

East Asia NGOs push for no-nukes zone to engage North Korea

Nongovernmental organizations from Japan, South Korea and Mongolia called on governments in Northeast Asia and elsewhere to push for the creation of a nuclear-weapons-free zone during a gathering at U.N. Headquarters on Thursday. In a joint statement, the NGOs and other organizations said the ...

Ex-convict helps inmates return to society

Jan 23, 2015

Ex-convict helps inmates return to society

by Hisashi Sasaki

Shigeru Ono, a 49-year-old man fresh out of prison, was growing increasingly desperate. In the four days since his release, Ono, not his real name, had spent half of the ¥250,000 he earned from prison labor during his 10-year incarceration. He used the money ...

Jun 28, 2014

NGO Peace Winds lends hand to refugees in north Iraq

A Japanese nongovernmental organization active in the Kurdistan autonomous region in northern Iraq has fully engaged in support activities to help Iraqis displaced by a militant Muslim insurgency. Members of Peace Winds Japan began supplying water, diapers, towels and other items to refugees at ...

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

Jun 27, 2014

Defense revamp imperils Afghan aid: doctor

by Mizuho Aoki

Physician Tetsu Nakamura, 67, tries to take a different route to work each day and varies his departure times because that is the safest way to live in Taliban-troubled eastern Afghanistan. His Peshawar-kai aid group has conducted medical and agricultural work there for the ...

Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

Jun 1, 2013

Tokyo urged to aid disease eradication battle

by Tomohiro Osaki

The world may be on the verge of a historic breakthrough in the quest to eradicate infectious diseases once thought incurable, and Japan needs to be a key player, said Mark Dybul, an executive of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. ...