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January 2019

JAPANESE NPOS WORKING FOR CHANGE

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JAPANESE NPOS WORKING FOR CHANGE

Japan’s growing legion of NPOs and other aid organizations are making the welfare of others a primary concern, both at home and even overseas. In this issue, we introduce groups that focus on solving thorny issues such as child trafficking and animal welfare, help people living in regions devastated by disaster recharge and rejoin society, and inspire kids in unfortunate circumstances to excel.

FEATURES

NPOs: The Sign of a Mature and Livable Society

An interview with Tsutomu Hotta, chairman of the Sawayaka Welfare Foundation, who works with NPOs and other humanitarian organizations

Helping Teens Chart Their Own Futures

NPO Katariba gives disadvantaged children a safe haven and a welcome outlet for their creativity and energy

A Country Town Open to Diversity, Communication and Possibilities

A little town on Shikoku draws high-tech firms and creatives with nature, country charm and a sustainable mindset

Reviving Spirits and Livelihoods Through Community

An NPO helps Tohoku’s people reconnect, rediscover their capacity for work, and take joy in being alive

Surpassing the Limits of Sight Blind Football

Visually handicapped players and sighted players take the field together to show that the sporting spirit has no limitations

An NPO That Heals Spirits with Hair

A hairdresser finds a way to give young victims of cancer and other illnesses the confidence to face themselves and society

In Pursuit of World-Class Animal Welfare

Animal Donation protects animal lives by helping patrons find and fund the best organizations and advising on government policy

Toward a World Where Children Cannot Be Sold

The Kamonohashi Project is successfully fighting the societal scourge of child trafficking in Cambodia and India

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