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2016.4.25

Progressive International Exchange Activities Connect "Citizens" in Japan and Abroad

Ever since establishing the Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship in 1985, the Japan Foundation has been annually honoring organizations engaged in international cultural exchanges to deepen mutual understanding, partnerships, and coexistence between the citizens of Japan and people abroad. In 2015, a total of 134 organizations applied or were nominated from all over Japan for prizes. Following a selection process, the prizes were awarded to NPO Peace Field Japan in Tokyo, Yamamoto Noh Theater in Osaka, and NPO Kobe Foreigners Friendship Center in Hyogo. This article introduces the activities of the three organizations and the acceptance remarks made by the representative of each organization at the award ceremony.

2016.4. 5

Our View on Working on a Global Scale

The reality of working overseas is that even people who aspire to a common goal--to develop their potential in the global field--are driven by different reasons to choose this goal and adopt different approaches to attain it. To explore these issues, the Japan Foundation organized a talk event titled "Global Careers to Change the World," inviting as speakers two representatives of past winners of the Japan Foundation Prize for Global Citizenship: 2011 recipient Naoki Kusanagi of NPO Kamonohashi Project, and 2012 recipient Yoshinori Kurita of NPO Terra Renaissance, as well as Mari Hamada, a representative of Nadeshiko Voice and chief editor of ABROADERS, who also doubled as moderator of the talk event. The three participants, who are actively engaged in global projects, spoke frankly about their own experiences, motivation and vision in front of an audience composed of young people who soon will be facing the task of considering career options and future development.

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