Nonprofit organization Japan Heart receives Okinawa Peace Award
August 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
The Okinawa Peace Award is given to individuals and organizations that contribute to making peace and nonviolence in the Asia Pacific region. The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on August 20 that Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Japan Heart became the seventh recipient of the award. Based on the idea of providing medical care to places where people have difficulties receiving it, the organization was founded as an international medical care volunteer organization in 2004. Japan Heart sent doctors and volunteers to Myanmar and Cambodia, which suffer from poverty and lack of doctors. They also offered medical services for free and taught doctors there.
In Japan, the organization has supported areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as providing doctors to isolated islands and secluded areas that severely lack medical providers. In Okinawa, the organization sent 12 clinical nurses to Kumejima Hospital from June 2008 to October 2010.
The board chairperson of the organization Hideto Yoshioka said, “I am thankful that our organization received the award from Okinawan people. We would like to further contribute to restoration of health for sick children in and outside Japan.”
A representative of the award selection committee said, “Japan Heart has built bonds between people in and outside Japan, which will last for a long time. Its dedication will contribute to creating a lasting peace.”
The award ceremony will be held at Bankoku Shinryokan Summit Hall on October 10.
(English translation by T&CT)
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