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Syrian Refugees to Study at Graduate Schools in Japan from Autumn (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)—A first batch of 20 Syrian refugees will be admitted to graduate schools in Japan this autumn under a Japanese government initiative announced last year. In May 2016, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō pledged to invite a total of 150 Syrian refugees in five years to study in Japan, in response to the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe. The Japan International Cooperation Agency w…
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Japan Maternal Handbook App Offered for Refugees in Jordan (News)

Amman, Jordan, April 8 (Jiji Press)—Japan's maternal and child health handbook has been turned into a smartphone app for use by Palestinian refugees in Jordan, through the collaboration of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and a UN organization. With the app, even if refugees lose their handbooks while moving to new locations due to a conflict, their health records will be maintained e…
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The JOCV Program: Experience of a LifetimeYoshioka Itsuo

Over the past five decades Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers have worked to improve economic and social conditions in developing countries by providing technical support in such fields as education, agriculture, and civil engineering. In 2016 the JOCV program received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, one of Asia’s highest prizes, for its public service and pragmatic approach in facilitating development in communities around the globe. Journalist and former volunteer Yoshioka Itsuo offers an inside look at the program.
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Building Legends in International Cooperation: An Interview with JICA President Tanaka Akihiko

Japan's top foreign aid official looks back on six decades of official development assistance and airs his vision for "cooperation with a face" and the kind of ODA that will be remembered for years to come.
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Sparking Social Change: Public and Private Partnerships in Japanese ODAKitano Naohiro

As an increasingly diverse range of financing and investment across different sectors of society is directed at developing countries, official development assistance is making up a smaller portion of resources flowing to less-developed areas. With an eye to the future, the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Kitano Naohiro considers the role Japanese ODA should play as it moves forward.
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Japan’s Quiet NGO Revolution: Toward a Cross-Sector Model of Foreign AidŌnishi Kensuke

Japanese nongovernmental organizations have taken off in the past two decades, and their overseas humanitarian efforts are quietly changing the face of Japanese foreign aid. Ōnishi Kensuke, founder of one of Japan’s largest NGOs and author of key domestic and regional initiatives for cross-sector collaboration, discusses the progress of this movement and his sweeping vision for the future.
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Making the Most of Cultural DiplomacyWatanabe Hirotaka

In December 2011 I was invited to be a panelist at a Paris symposium on cultural diplomacy hosted by the Institut français, a new organization that is expected to play a central role in France’s cultural diplomacy. The Institut français came into being early in 2011 following the merger of CultureFrance, an organ of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, with the external relations and cultura…
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