Volunteers start 2020 training

Olympics Nov 16, 2019

Volunteers start 2020 training

by Ryusei Takahashi

Diversity was on full display at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Saturday. The former site of the athletes' village from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics hosted the first training session for English speakers volunteering at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and ...

Volunteers ready for action at Rugby World Cup

Rugby Sep 18, 2019

Volunteers ready for action at Rugby World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With the historic first Rugby World Cup match in Asia fast approaching, the volunteers are working to be just as ready as the players for the sport's extravaganza. About 400 of the 600 volunteers who will be stationed at Tokyo Stadium, the venue for Friday ...

13,000 'Team No-Side' volunteers ready for Rugby World Cup

Rugby Sep 11, 2019

13,000 'Team No-Side' volunteers ready for Rugby World Cup

Fans can expect plenty of helping hands at the Rugby World Cup starting on Sept. 20 as a record-high 13,000 volunteers are set to cover 12 venues across Japan. They have been named the "Team No-Side," a Japanese rugby term corresponding to the English "full ...

Volunteers prepare to be the face of inclusive 2020 Tokyo Olympics

National May 15, 2019

Volunteers prepare to be the face of inclusive 2020 Tokyo Olympics

While athletes will take center stage at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, volunteers — including people with disabilities — are expected to play a significant role in supporting spectators and others who will flock to the games. "Please show your support until the end," ...

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 ...