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Join in the effort to rebuild life in Ishinomaki by volunteering your translation skills...

Ishinomaki is a city in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, and is one of the areas that suffered severe damage due to the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Exactly one year later, the children of Ishinomaki published Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Shinbun; a newspaper created by the children that reports the current activities in their city. In March 2013, for the third anniversary of the disaster, the children told Ishinomaki’s story to people all over the world – by translating selected articles into English, with the help of UK-based volunteers who speak both Japanese and English. The project was so successful that it is running again this May!

We are looking for individuals who can help to translate Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Shinbun from Japanese into English. We particularly encourage intermediate and advanced-level Japanese language learners. On May 10th 2014, we are holding a workshop where volunteers will be able to speak directly to the people of Ishinomaki via the internet, which will give you the opportunity to learn more about how Ishinomaki was affected by the March 11 disaster, its current effort towards recovery, and the activities of the young journalists themselves. Your translation of the newspaper will be published online, so that readers worldwide can learn about Ishinomaki and its progress.

This is a real opportunity for you to use your language skills to make a difference.

• Japanese Level: Intermediate – Advanced learners (approx. JLPT N3 and above); this workshop will be held in Japanese.
• Participation fee: Free, but prior booking essential
For more information and to register your place, please go to http://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#643

Deadline to Apply: April 30th 2014
(As we will send out preparation materials in advance, we strongly encourage early bookings!)