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Forum Highlights Novel Approaches to Meeting Society’s Challenges

Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum 2016 brought together stakeholders from diverse sectors for three days in September to consider new ways of addressing the key issues confronting Japan, such as depopulation, loss of community, and growing economic disparities.

Toward a Stigma-Free World

An international symposium on Hansen’s disease—also called leprosy—was held at the Vatican in June and attracted some 250 participants from 45 countries. Medical practitioners, recovered patients, and religious leaders discussed the efforts needed to end discrimination and announced their recommendations on ways to restore the dignity of people affected by the disease.

Donating to Support Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Efforts

From April 14 to April 16, a series of powerful earthquakes caused more than 40 fatalities in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures on the island of Kyūshū. This article presents information on how to make donations to support relief efforts.

After the Kumamoto Earthquakes: Responding and Rebuilding

Aftershocks continue to shake the prefectures of Kumamoto and Ōita, which remain in a state of confusion following the powerful earthquakes from April 14 to April 16. Damage to roads has delayed delivery of food, water, and other emergency supplies to some public shelters, while at least one evacuee has died from pulmonary embolism, commonly known as “economy class syndrome,” as a result of spendi…

Leprosy as a Human Rights Issue

On January 27, a ceremony was held in Tokyo to announce the 2015 Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination against People Affected by Leprosy. Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and other dignitaries pledged their support for the struggle against leprosy-related discrimination.

Calls for Joint Japan-UK Action Against Crises

Former British Prime Minister John Major has urged Western nations and Asian countries, including Japan, to unite and take action against global risks and crises, as symbolized by ever-deepening confusion and conflict in the Middle East. “Both Asia and Europe have an interest in events far beyond their own borders,” Major declared in a keynote speech he delivered at the UK-Japan Global Seminar,…

New Training for Safer Seas: The Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting

On September 30 and October 1, the Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting was held in Yokohama to boost regional cooperation in such fields as fighting piracy and undertaking sea rescues. Originally proposed by Japan, the meeting has been held almost every year since 2004. Coast guard heads from Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philip…

Japan Pledges ¥10 Billion to Aid Myanmar’s Ethnic Minorities

The Japanese government recently pledged to provide ¥10 billion in aid to support peacebuilding efforts in Myanmar between the central government and armed ethnic minority groups. Food and medicine will be distributed to areas affected by armed conflict.

Japanese Efforts Continue to End Discrimination Against Leprosy

The global campaign to eliminate leprosy has made great progress, but prejudice against those affected by the disease persists. Sasakawa Yōhei, the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has recently called attention to discriminatory statements and depictions regarding the disease.

The New Palestinian Prime Minister Looks Ahead

Just days after taking the helm as the new Palestinian prime minister, Dr. Rami Hamdallah met the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Sasakawa Yōhei, in Palestine. On June 11, the two discussed the Palestinian situation and how Japan can provide assistance.

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