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Kansai's volunteer guides get language badges

National Jul 20, 2017

Kansai's volunteer guides get language badges

A tourism board in western Japan has begun distributing badges to volunteer guides to indicate their foreign language capabilities to better serve visitors from overseas. The Osaka-based Kansai Tourism Bureau started providing the badges earlier this month in the Kansai region and nearby areas. Three badges ...

2011 quake and tsunami drew fewer volunteers than Kobe quake in '95

National Feb 16, 2017

2011 quake and tsunami drew fewer volunteers than Kobe quake in '95

Fewer people volunteered to help after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami than the after the 1995 quake that wrecked Kobe and surrounding areas, data from welfare associations in three tsunami-affected prefectures showed Thursday. In the period spanning five years and 10 months since the disasters ...