Kansai's volunteer guides get language badges

Jul 20, 2017

Kansai's volunteer guides get language badges

A tourism board in western Japan has begun distributing badges to volunteer guides to indicate their foreign language capabilities to better serve visitors from overseas.The Osaka-based Kansai Tourism Bureau started providing the badges earlier this month in the Kansai region and nearby areas. Three ...

Tokyo seeking 90,000 volunteers to guide tourists during 2020 Games

Jul 20, 2017

Tokyo seeking 90,000 volunteers to guide tourists during 2020 Games

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee aim to secure more than 90,000 volunteers to welcome visitors to Japan for the 2020 Games.The capital is pondering ways to attract and train volunteers to offer omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality. For ...

2011 quake and tsunami drew fewer volunteers than Kobe quake in '95

Feb 16, 2017

2011 quake and tsunami drew fewer volunteers than Kobe quake in '95

Fewer people volunteered to help after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami than the after the 1995 quake that wrecked Kobe and surrounding areas, data from welfare associations in three tsunami-affected prefectures showed Thursday.In the period spanning five years and 10 months since the disasters ...

Municipal volunteer fire brigades are taking on more non-Japanese

Aug 10, 2016

Municipal volunteer fire brigades are taking on more non-Japanese

More than 200 foreign residents are members of volunteer fire corps in Japan, a survey has found, providing a much-needed boost as overall membership dwindles due to the aging population and low birthrate.While participation of foreign residents helps fire corps offer services in multiple ...

Jul 27, 2016

JICA-run youth volunteer program wins 'Asia's Nobel Prize'

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers has been chosen as one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award, known as Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the foundation that created it said Wednesday.One of the six awardees for 2016, the government-initiated youth volunteer ...