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As they prepare lunch boxes, volunteer residents discuss anything from local supermarket offerings to life in the evacuation sites.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 5, 2024
Making lunch boxes for quake victims brings Noto community together
A spirit of camaraderie pervades among volunteer residents as they put together homemade delicacies for neighbors and fellow volunteers.
California physician Mutsuo Ikuhara, son of late Dodgers executive Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara, says he will "never forget" his time as a volunteer after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
Mar 8, 2024
Son of late Dodgers executive recalls life-changing 3/11 aid work in Japan
Ikuhara spent about three months on the ground with a nongovernmental organization helping to assess the destruction.
Volunteers carry disaster waste out of houses damaged by the New Year's Day quake, in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Feb. 10.
Feb 21, 2024
Temporary hotel for quake volunteers to be set up at Noto Airport
A capsule hotel with 82 rooms, capable of accommodating up to 134 people, will be erected near the airport terminal facilities.
Volunteer workers carry water-damaged tatami mats from an accommodation facility in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
Feb 11, 2024
Logistics challenges hinder volunteering in quake-hit central Japan
While approximately 23,000 people have registered to volunteer in Ishikawa Prefecture, only around 250 are currently permitted to help.
Volunteers work at the site of a soy sauce-maker in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Explainer
Jan 31, 2024
Quake-hit Noto faces a long road to recovery. Here's how you can help.
After initially asking people to refrain from coming as volunteers, municipalities in Ishikawa are now open to outside help.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2023
3/11 survivor eager to tell his story in English
Noriyuki Suzuki, together with other bereaved families, formed a volunteer group to tell stories about the March 2011 tsunami.
Japan Times
Apr 28, 2023
Elderly Japanese man opens free cafe in Ukraine's Kharkiv
The cafe was mainly made possible by donations made from Japanese people via social media.
Japan Times
May 13, 2022
Inside a Ukraine hospital where medics work as rockets fall
The sheer scale of a front line that stretches for hundreds of kilometers has stretched Ukraine's resources to the limit.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2021
Volunteers: The unsung heroes at the Tokyo Paralympics
Japan's Paralympics volunteers went out of their way with every person treating the competitors with respect and compassion and leaving a lasting, positive impression of the country.
Japan Times
Aug 30, 2021
Olympic volunteers provided more than just physical support at the Games
Two Olympic volunteers talk about their experiences at the Tokyo Games interacting with and supporting athletes who were without family, friends and fans.
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2021
Olympic staffer invited to visit Jamaica for helping gold medalist
'Every Jamaican knows that gratitude is a must,' wrote the country's Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Japan Times
Aug 5, 2021
Volunteers sing anthems to boost spirits of athletes at Tokyo Olympics
More than 1,300 volunteers and their family members and friends have come together to record the national anthems of the participating teams.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2021
The many faces of Tokyo 2020’s charm offensive
Despite a lack of visitors and spectators at this year's Olympics, an army of volunteers aims to do their best and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Japan Times
Jun 26, 2021
Tokyo Games organizers to offer COVID-19 vaccine to volunteers, report says
The Nikkei daily, citing organizers, said some of the volunteers have already been vaccinated.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2021
Tokyo government begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympic workers and media
The authority aims to inoculate around 2,500 people per day through the end of August.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2021
Japan mulls vaccinating all 70,000 Tokyo Games volunteers
Officials have agreed to pursue the idea of vaccinating all volunteers who registered through the Tokyo Organizing Committee to assist at venues and the athletes village.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2021
10,000 volunteers have quit Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, say organizers
'There's no doubt that one of the reasons is concern over coronavirus infections,' Toshiro Muto, CEO of the organizing committee, told reporters.
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2021
Training begins for Tokyo Olympics volunteer leaders
Participants were briefed on their role as a leader, which includes holding meetings prior to shifts, checking on volunteers and confirming the roster for the next day.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2021
Most overseas volunteers to be barred from Tokyo Games due to COVID-19
People whose roles cannot easily be performed by somebody living in Japan, such as experts in certain languages, may be selected from a pool of roughly 2,000 volunteers living overseas.
Japan Times
Mar 21, 2021
Waiting for Tokyo: How 110,000 Olympic volunteers put their lives on hold
Mixed signals from the games' organizers and a recent sexism scandal have left some would-be helpers lacking motivation.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores