HIROSHIMA — A group of graduate students and researchers at Hiroshima University launched a new bilingual magazine Monday that aims to serve as a domestic and international forum for development issues and volunteer activities in developing countries.

The bimonthly magazine, Ishiki, is published by Global Society, a group of students at Hiroshima University’s Graduate School for International Development. The brainchild of Hilarius Costa, a Philippine graduate student, the magazine aims to promote awareness of social, economic, and environmental problems in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. “We want to cover a variety of regional development issues and will focus on the activities of Japanese and international NGOs and volunteer organizations,” said Costa.

With an initial worldwide circulation of 3,000, Ishiki editors are aiming for a broad readership in government and academia. English is the main language of the magazine, but most articles will be accompanied by a Japanese translation. For more information about the magazine, call (082) 422-7111, extension 5982, or fax (082) 424-6904.

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