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A new approach to volunteering in Tohoku

Issues | THE FOREIGN ELEMENT Mar 10, 2019

A new approach to volunteering in Tohoku

by Kris Kosaka

When Angela Ortiz describes what it felt like to return to Aomori Prefecture five days after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, she uses words like "horror," "incredulous disbelief" and "intense curiosity." The 36-year-old American lived in Aomori between the ages of ...

Volunteers participate in RWC orientation

Rugby Feb 3, 2019

Volunteers participate in RWC orientation

Rugby World Cup 2019 organizers held an orientation session Saturday in Osaka for some of the roughly 13,000 volunteers who will assist visitors at the Sept. 20 to Nov. 2 tournament. The event was one of several to be held sequentially until early March by ...

National Jan 24, 2019

2020 Tokyo Olympics tops 200,000 volunteer applications

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games said Thursday that 204,680 applicants have now registered to be volunteers at next year's event. Last month they revealed 186,101 applications had been received. The increase was due to a one-month deadline extension for those with visual ...

Rugby Jan 15, 2019

Rugby World Cup organizers recruit more than 13,000 volunteers

The 2019 Rugby World Cup organizing committee announced Tuesday that it has recruited approximately 13,000 volunteers for the Sept. 20-Nov. 2 tournament, 3,000 more than originally planned. The local organizing committee said it "wants to involve as many people as possible" after receiving more than ...

Tokyo continues march toward 2020 Olympic Games

Olympics Dec 30, 2018

Tokyo continues march toward 2020 Olympic Games

With just over a year and a half to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, some significant challenges remain for organizers, but 2018 proved to be a year in which progress was made and notable milestones were achieved. The end of the year ...

Olympics Dec 21, 2018

Strong numbers as Tokyo 2020 volunteer drive closes

Volunteer recruitment for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games is well on track to meet its target of 80,000 volunteers, according to figures revealed by organizers on Thursday. Roughly 162,000 applicants, more than double the 80,000 target, had completed the initial online procedure to ...

Volunteers audition for Rugby World Cup roles

Rugby Dec 18, 2018

Volunteers audition for Rugby World Cup roles

by Andrew McKirdy

Tokyo resident Masaru Seto knows why he wants to become a volunteer at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. "I've been a rugby fan for 40 years," the 53-year-old service industry worker told The Japan Times at an interview session for the tournament's "Team ...