WiA Portfolio (English)

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WiA Portfolio (English)

  1. 1. 1.1.1.1. AsuikuAsuikuAsuikuAsuikuDistanceDistanceDistanceDistance Learning to End the Cycle of PovertyLearning to End the Cycle of PovertyLearning to End the Cycle of PovertyLearning to End the Cycle of Poverty• Social IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial Issue• The children affected by the earthquake face educationchallenges as well as economic and emotional damages. Theeducational gap is problematic especially for children who livein relative poverty, which account for 15% of children in Japan.Lack of affordable and effective learning support fails to liftthem up from the challenging environment, and trans-generational cycle of social exclusion and poverty ensues.• Solution: Distance Learning and CoachingSolution: Distance Learning and CoachingSolution: Distance Learning and CoachingSolution: Distance Learning and Coaching• Asuiku provides children from disaster-affected, low-incomefamilies with quality distance learning at a low price bypartnering with a for-profit online learning content provider.• Asuiku also trains instructors from local communities, whocoach and encourage the children and communicate with theirparents.• Entrepreneur: Yusuke OhashiEntrepreneur: Yusuke OhashiEntrepreneur: Yusuke OhashiEntrepreneur: Yusuke Ohashi• Yusuke, originally from Fukushima, was among the first tooffer learning support to the earthquake-affected children.Having learned the children from low-income families are themost vulnerable, he decided to address the educational divide inJapan, starting from Touhoku.• Yusuke supported social businesses as Manager at the SendaiMiyagi Nonprofit Center in 2010 and 2011. He also worked as aconsultant in organization and human resource development atRecruit, Inc.• Website:Website:Website:Website: http://asuiku.org/MiyagiCopyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. 2.2.2.2. GuruguruGuruguruGuruguruGuruguru Cheer UpCheer UpCheer UpCheer Up Supporters (GCUS)Supporters (GCUS)Supporters (GCUS)Supporters (GCUS)Regeneration of Local Transportation and Community HubRegeneration of Local Transportation and Community HubRegeneration of Local Transportation and Community HubRegeneration of Local Transportation and Community Hub• Social IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial Issue• The tsunami damaged the transportation infrastructure, whichled to higher transportation costs and lower mobility. Affectedresidents suffer from daily inconveniences and communitydivide.• Many residents also lost the purpose of transportation withlimited opportunities for employment and social activities.• Solution: Community Bus and Community RestaurantSolution: Community Bus and Community RestaurantSolution: Community Bus and Community RestaurantSolution: Community Bus and Community Restaurant• Community Bus – The GCUS collaborates with local providersto operate on-demand bus services for residents without accessto transportation. The bus services include transportation toschools, hospitals, and grocery stores, and social services suchas meal delivery and care services for senior citizens.• Community Restaurant – The GCUS also opened a restaurant inthe downtown of Ishinomaki to create jobs for local peopleincluding former restaurant owners.• Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur: MioriMioriMioriMiori KashimaKashimaKashimaKashima• Miori launched the GCUS, as she realized the need for long-term sustainable activities while running a shopping van andsupporting temporary housing in Ishinomaki in the wake of theearthquake.• Miori was Creative Director at Recruit, Japan‘s leadingadvertisement company. In 2009, she established Anemoi Inc., amarketing and research firm.• Website:Website:Website:Website: http://www.guruguru-o.org/Ishinomaki and Kesennuma, MiyagiCopyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. 3. Madre3. Madre3. Madre3. Madre BonitaBonitaBonitaBonitaPostnatal Care Trainer Development inPostnatal Care Trainer Development inPostnatal Care Trainer Development inPostnatal Care Trainer Development in TouhokuTouhokuTouhokuTouhoku• Social IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial Issue• Lack of postnatal care is a major cause of postpartum depressionand child abuse, and yet awareness of the issue is low in Japan.The earthquake disrupted supportive neighborhood networks forexpecting women, and postpartum care is needed.• Solution: Madre Caravan and Postnatal Care InstructorSolution: Madre Caravan and Postnatal Care InstructorSolution: Madre Caravan and Postnatal Care InstructorSolution: Madre Caravan and Postnatal Care InstructorDevelopment ScholarshipDevelopment ScholarshipDevelopment ScholarshipDevelopment Scholarship• Madre Caravan – Madre Bonita host pre- and postnatal careworkshops across Touhoku, which provide fitness exercises andmental health care.• Postnatal Care Instructor Development Scholarship – MadreBonita offers scholarships for local workshop instructorcandidates. The scholarship covers the costs of the six-monthdevelopment program to become a Madre Bonita’s instructor,who can then regularly hosts workshops in Touhoku.• Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur: MacoMacoMacoMaco YoshiokaYoshiokaYoshiokaYoshioka• With a major in exercise physiology at the University of Tokyo,Maco developed the first postnatal fitness classes in Japan in1998. Incorporated as a non-profit in 2008, Madre Bonitaprovides pre- and postnatal healthcare programs, replicates themodel nationwide through trainer development, and conductsresearch on the current issues of postnatal women.• Maco developed long-term support programs for Touhoku whileassisting temporary relocations of pregnant women fromTouhoku.• Website:Website:Website:Website: http://www.madrebonita.com/Fukushima, Miyagi, and IwateCopyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. 4. Flatohoku4. Flatohoku4. Flatohoku4. FlatohokuCommunity Tourism and Job Creation for WomenCommunity Tourism and Job Creation for WomenCommunity Tourism and Job Creation for WomenCommunity Tourism and Job Creation for Women• Social IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial Issue• A citizen-led community development is imperative for the truerecovery of Touhoku; However, the residents are accustomed tofollow plans created by the local government and do not seethemselves as having a role in community development.• Solution: Citizen-led community tourismSolution: Citizen-led community tourismSolution: Citizen-led community tourismSolution: Citizen-led community tourism• Flatohoku replicates Chimichi’s (See Organization No. 8)community revitalization model to promote a sense ofownership in community development among local residents.• Flatohoku connects young coordinators with senior people withunique skills and experiences to launch citizen-led events andproduct development initiatives.• Examples of such initiative is a special BBQ sauce made by atsunami-affected woman, local history workshops, and treeplantation workshops for the seawall forest. Through theseactivities, local residents come to love their communities.• Entrepreneur: Kosuke MatsushimaEntrepreneur: Kosuke MatsushimaEntrepreneur: Kosuke MatsushimaEntrepreneur: Kosuke Matsushima• Kosuke worked with a volunteer center in Watari, his hometown,to coordinate local hotels as volunteer lodging facilities after3.11. He incorporated Flatohoku for the sustainable recovery ofWatari.• Prior to the earthquake, Kosuke worked for Meguri No Wa, acommunity development organization in Ama, Shimaneprefecture.• Website:Website:Website:Website: http://flatohoku.jp/Watari, MiyagiCopyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. 5.5.5.5. FamiliarFamiliarFamiliarFamiliarValue Addition of Agriculture Industry and DisabledValue Addition of Agriculture Industry and DisabledValue Addition of Agriculture Industry and DisabledValue Addition of Agriculture Industry and DisabledEmploymentEmploymentEmploymentEmployment• Social IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial Issue• Handicapped people were left unemployed without support afterthe earthquake.• The agriculture industry in Japan needs value addition for itsrevitalization.• Solution: Farm RestaurantSolution: Farm RestaurantSolution: Farm RestaurantSolution: Farm Restaurant• Familiar provides the physically and mentally handicappedpeople with vocational training and employment opportunitiesin a farm restaurant with quality produces• Familiar will expand the restaurant into a shopping mall tocreate well-compensated employment for the handicapped andaffected local residents.• Entrepreneur: Masayuki ShimadaEntrepreneur: Masayuki ShimadaEntrepreneur: Masayuki ShimadaEntrepreneur: Masayuki Shimada• A Day after the earthquake, Masayuki started organizing a mealdistribution project, delivering over 20,000 meals to affectedpeople.• Masayuki and local business owners, who worked with him onthe relief project, launched a non-profit for Touhoku recoveryand a corporation for value-added agriculture in order to createlocal employment opportunities.• Masayuki has rich experience in launching businesses includingMarché Japon Sendai, a farmers’ market featuring localproduces in Sendai.• Website:Website:Website:Website: http://fmla.co.jp/Natori, MiyagiCopyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. 6.6.6.6. TATAKIAGE JAPAN (TJ)TATAKIAGE JAPAN (TJ)TATAKIAGE JAPAN (TJ)TATAKIAGE JAPAN (TJ)Incubation of Commercial Facilities and Value AdditionIncubation of Commercial Facilities and Value AdditionIncubation of Commercial Facilities and Value AdditionIncubation of Commercial Facilities and Value Addition• Social IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial Issue• Commerce in downtown Iwaki had been declining even before3.11. The damage by the earthquake and nuclear accidentaggravated the challenges facing Iwaki.• Entrepreneurs or small business owners have few opportunitiesto learn from each other and connect with to resources to growtheir business.• Solution: Co-working and Incubation Space forSolution: Co-working and Incubation Space forSolution: Co-working and Incubation Space forSolution: Co-working and Incubation Space forEntrepreneursEntrepreneursEntrepreneursEntrepreneurs• Provide entrepreneurs in Iwaki with co-working space,matching services with local resources, financial support, andskills support.• TJ’s founders’ experience in incubating commercial facilities inIwaki after 3.11 helps TJ to substantiate its support toentrepreneurs.• Entrepreneur: Kenji SuzukiEntrepreneur: Kenji SuzukiEntrepreneur: Kenji SuzukiEntrepreneur: Kenji Suzuki• Kenji, Fukushima native, organized meal distribution after 3.11,and launched Yoake Ichiba in November 2011 in order to builda community marketplace for the true recovery of Iwaki. YoakeIchiba has supported ten local restaurants in Iwaki so far. Kenjidecided to start TJ to promote entrepreneurship in Iwaki, usinghis experience with Yoake Ichiba.• Prior to the earthquake, Kenji established 47PLANNING Inc., aregional revitalization business, and led Fukushima brandingprojects in Tokyo.• Website:Website:Website:Website: http://www.touhoku-yoake.jp/ (Yoake Ichiba)Iwaki, FukushimaCopyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. 7. SEELS7. SEELS7. SEELS7. SEELS (Social(Social(Social(Social Enterprise Education and Language School)Enterprise Education and Language School)Enterprise Education and Language School)Enterprise Education and Language School)Training for EthnicTraining for EthnicTraining for EthnicTraining for Ethnic Minorities toMinorities toMinorities toMinorities to be English Teachersbe English Teachersbe English Teachersbe English TeachersMiyagi and FukushimaSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueFilipino migrant women in Touhoku were left without support after theearthquake. More than 6000 Filipinos are looking for job opportunities.On the other hand, there is more and more need for English educationfor global talent development in Japan.Solutions: English Teacher Training for Ethnic MinoritiesSolutions: English Teacher Training for Ethnic MinoritiesSolutions: English Teacher Training for Ethnic MinoritiesSolutions: English Teacher Training for Ethnic MinoritiesSEELS create employment opportunities for ethnic minorities includingFilipinos by training community and home-based English teachers. Thecertified teachers provide affordable and quality English educationservices such as international preschools and English conversationclasses to middle- and low-income families in Touhoku.Entrepreneur: CesarEntrepreneur: CesarEntrepreneur: CesarEntrepreneur: Cesar V.V.V.V. SantoyoSantoyoSantoyoSantoyoCesar started training programs to foster English language teachers forFilipino migrants in Japan in 2006.Just after the 3.11, he launched an emergency evacuation center fordisplaced people from Fukushima and Miyagi. Having realized the needfor sustainable support, he started to provide the English teacher trainingin Touhoku.Cesar also established a credit association for Filipinos in Hong Kongand the Center for Japanese-Filipino Families.Born in Philippines, Cesar worked as a manager of the merchandisedevelopment and design center division of the Philippines government.Website:Website:Website:Website: http://seels.jp/Copyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. 8.8.8.8. Kibino Kobo Chimichi (Chimichi)Kibino Kobo Chimichi (Chimichi)Kibino Kobo Chimichi (Chimichi)Kibino Kobo Chimichi (Chimichi)Local development and human resource cultivationLocal development and human resource cultivationLocal development and human resource cultivationLocal development and human resource cultivationSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueMany rural areas of Japan are facing decline of communities. Localresources are not utilized in revitalization of local communities.Solution: Citizen-led Experiential ProgramSolution: Citizen-led Experiential ProgramSolution: Citizen-led Experiential ProgramSolution: Citizen-led Experiential Program ““““MichikusaMichikusaMichikusaMichikusa KomichiKomichiKomichiKomichi””””Chimichi helps local communities rediscover its values in local arts,history, and nature through engaging residents with event planningand participation. Chimichi’s citizen-led community developmentmethod provides local residents with small business opportunities,foster community-development coordinators, and increase people’sattachment to their communities.The original successful model called Michikusa Komichi, developedin Okayama, has been replicated to other parts of Japan includingMiyagi and Fukushima.EntrepreneurEntrepreneurEntrepreneurEntrepreneur: Seiko Kato: Seiko Kato: Seiko Kato: Seiko KatoSeiko is Representative and Coordinator of Chimichi, a nonprofit forlocal community development in Okayama, Japan.She holds certificates of nursery teacher, preschool teacher, andindustrial counselor.Website:Website:Website:Website: http://www.chimichi.org/Copyright 2013 WiA All Rights ReservedMiyagi, Fukushima, and other prefectures
  9. 9. Social IssueSocial IssueSocial IssueSocial IssuePeople in Fukushima suffer from radio active pollution, and havelost opportunities to interact with and learn from naturalenvironment.Solution:Solution:Solution:Solution: NatureNatureNatureNature experienceexperienceexperienceexperience programsprogramsprogramsprogramsWhole Earth, as a pioneer in environmental education in Japan,designs and operates school trips, open-air campus, family camping,eco-tours, agroforestry experience, and health promoting programs.Whole Earth Fukushima School plans to launch a children supportcommittee with other environmental and children-supportingorganizations.Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur:Entrepreneur: Yuki WadaYuki WadaYuki WadaYuki WadaYuki joined Whole Earth in 2009, and led many nature experienceprograms in a youth education center and Mt. Fuji school of WholeEarthAfter the earthquake, Yuki, as Fukushima native, decided to launchthe Fukushima school to create opportunities for children toexperience and learn from the nature.Website:Website:Website:Website: http://www.wens.gr.jp/9. Whole9. Whole9. Whole9. Whole Earth Fukushima SchoolEarth Fukushima SchoolEarth Fukushima SchoolEarth Fukushima SchoolNature school for environmentNature school for environmentNature school for environmentNature school for environment educationeducationeducationeducationFukushimaCopyright 2013 WiA All Rights Reserved

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