Scouting in Nagoya

Oct 28, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

When Lord Baden Powell published the first edition of 'Scouting for Boys', a guidebook of survival techniques he learned during the Second Boer War and adapted for Britain's youth he sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Although the Scouting movement has become very different to what he may have imagined it to be (I'm not...[ Click to read more ]

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Second Harvest Japan: Food for all People

Jun 19, 2018 By Admin

In Japan there is up to 8 million tons of food loss in Japan every year, while one in six live below the poverty line. As the only registered food bank in Japan, since 2002 Second Harvest Japan have been turning 'mottanai' (waste) into 'arigatou' (thanks) by redistributing food waste...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe Gives Birth to Spirit of Volunteerism in Japan

Oct 30, 2017 By Justin Hanus

On January 17, 1995, the Great Hanshin earthquake struck Kobe and over 6,000 people lost their lives. In the aftermath of the disaster it is estimated that over one million volunteers came forward to provide help to those in need. While that does not sound remarkable in light of recent...[ Click to read more ]

Charity Groups and Events in Tokyo

Aug 20, 2017 By Ray Proper

Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world, by some measures, the most populous.   While all those people take some getting used to, think "crowded rush hour trains" for example, all those mouths create a market of impressive options as well, from the variety and quality...[ Click to read more ]

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The World Friendship Centre: Peace and Friendship in Hiroshima

Jul 26, 2017 By

Hiroshima is the kind of place that you cannot visit or live in without being influenced by its history and peace-related message. As August is the month of the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, it is also the perfect time to find out more about and/or get involved in...[ Click to read more ]

Animal Rescue Kansai (ARK)

Apr 25, 2017 By

ARK is a non-profit, non-governmental private organization with the aim of forming a network of people who love animals, believe in sharing their lives with them, and who work actively to rescue them from suffering. ARK was established in 1990 and became officially recognized as an NPO (Non-Profit Organization) in...[ Click to read more ]

Volunteering in Tokyo

Apr 20, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

When living in a new country it can be a great thing to offer your free time to help the local community. One such way is volunteering for a nonprofit organization (NPO) . Volunteering has a lot of upsides and few downsides to it.  It is a great way to...[ Click to read more ]

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Yamathon – Walking Around Tokyo, Saving Lives

Apr 09, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

The Yamathon is a fundraising challenge where teams of three or four people compete to walk or run through Tokyo visiting all 29 stations of the famous JR Yamanote train line in under 12 hours. [spacer height="5px"] They say that charity begins at home, and if your home is in...[ Click to read more ]

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Volunteer Opportunities in Nagoya

Apr 26, 2015 By Ray Proper

Volunteering has a lot of upsides and few downsides to it.  It is a great way to meet new people when moving to a new town, or just finally getting out and about after living in it for some time, and the people you meet are generally pretty cool.  If...[ Click to read more ]

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The Japan Cat Network

Feb 16, 2014 By Ray Proper

Animal-lovers, might want to visit The Japan Cat Network, a registered nonprofit organization working to reduce Japan's stray and abandoned cat population using the effective TNR (trap, neuter, return) method, to stop the cats from reproducing and adding to the problem. They also run fostering and adoption programs for those who...[ Click to read more ]

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