Rio volunteer setting the pace for keirin cyclists

Aug 14, 2016

Rio volunteer setting the pace for keirin cyclists

He rides with champions but his name is not on any team list or competition schedule. Ivo Siebert, 35, a semi-professional who owns a bike shop in southern Brazil, is setting the pace for the track cycling keirin event, calmly riding an electric bike ...

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 ...

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 ...

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

Apr 20, 2016

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

The social welfare council in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by one of last week’s earthquakes, announced Wednesday that they will start accepting volunteers from Thursday to sort out relief supplies and provide other support to evacuees. Any volunteers ...

Hunt for missing disaster victims still confounds rescuers

Mar 11, 2016

Hunt for missing disaster victims still confounds rescuers

Five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, police in Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures are still searching for and identifying the bodies of those who went missing on March 11, 2011, though as time goes on they have fewer clues to work with. ...

MLB stars remember 3/11

Mar 11, 2016

MLB stars remember 3/11

Five years on from the massive earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan that took so many lives, Japanese major leaguers who began their careers in the affected area cast their minds back to the disaster while promising to provide whatever inspiration they can from ...