May 12, 2014

Japan to send 3,000 volunteers to teach language in ASEAN nations

Japan will promote its language in ASEAN member states by sending about 3,000 volunteers to local high schools over a seven-year period starting this year, a government source said Monday. The ¥10 billion project is aimed at strengthening relations with the Association of Southeast ...

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

| Mar 7, 2014

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

This month marks the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Students from Nagoya Gakuin University in Aichi Prefecture have continued to do volunteer work in affected areas, ensuring that the victims are not forgotten. Using their spring break, 46 students are currently ...

Man's calling to promote Japan-South Korea ties

Dec 24, 2013

Man's calling to promote Japan-South Korea ties

by Kazuya Iwamura

Having majored in chemistry and played American football at university, Tomoyuki Banba never imagined he would lead an organization to promote relations between Japan and South Korea in the future. “I visited South Korea for a friendship match but never thought I’d get a ...

Nuke refugee kids get gourmet meal

Dec 19, 2013

Nuke refugee kids get gourmet meal

When Santa Claus arrived recently at a school hosting children who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster, he brought the usual presents, but he also bore something a little less ordinary — a gourmet Christmas dinner. The Caravan Bon Appetite is an initiative of French ...

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

Nov 21, 2013

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

by Takeshi Nishide

To help turn the tide against suicide, a volunteer group of Buddhist priests, both men and women, writes letters to distraught people to help keep them from taking their own lives. People considering suicide “write to us because they want to live,” said Yusen ...

Volunteers flock to Oshima to help

Nov 1, 2013

Volunteers flock to Oshima to help

Izu-Oshima Island, heavily damaged last month by landslides triggered by Typhoon Wipha, has been drawing many volunteers. Kosaku Mukai, 46, from Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, who hosts a disaster relief radio show in Chiba that supports victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, is one ...

Hospital finds a way to retain nurses

Oct 3, 2013

Hospital finds a way to retain nurses

by Atsuhiro Oguri

A hospital in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, is pioneering a new way of working that it hopes will reverse the high turnover rate of nursing staff in Japan. The Onishi Neurological Center organizes nurses into groups of four, allowing them to take three months of ...