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Social exchange: Japan sends volunteers to Mexico

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With the aim of collaborating on the local, social, cultural and climatic conditions of the country, the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) facilitates the delivery of classified human records to priority areas for national recipients such as Mexico.

The Japanese Volunteer Program allows professionals, between 20 and 69 years of age, to contribute in different specialties and disciplines such as administration, tourism, education, health care, agriculture, public works, manufacturing, among others; above all, in development programs of government institutions and civil society bodies.

Mexico has received a total of 460 volunteers in different sectors throughout the country since the program began in 1993.

It should be noted that JICA volunteers live and work at the level of the localities, speaking the same language of the communities and carrying out activities with emphasis in the spirit of trust for a sustainable change.

Reina Satou (physiotherapist) and Kosuke Oyama (marine biologist), I am part of the volunteers who arrived last August and will remain for two years in our country, both of whom have undergone a series of tests based on communication skills, techniques, experience and knowledge, as well as good health.

For Satou, who works at the Association for Persons with Cerebral Parálysis (APAC), it is a priority to learn what the life style and way of thinking of Mexicans is, and who considers that there are knowledge that will encourage her to bring it to her with greater effectiveness Rehabilitation therapies and with them patients can enjoy a daily life as best as possible.

“In Japan, therapies are personalized cases and it is important to keep in mind all these aspects so that we can personalize therapies to patients,” he added.

The physiotherapist, who has 10 years of experience in hospitals in Japan, indicated that the environment for carrying out physiotherapy is more difficult in Mexico, due to the lack of infrastructure in the streets, also making it more complicated for patients to purchase devices such as saddles of roads and paths.

For his part, Oyama, who collaborates at the Chapultepec Environmental Culture Center, explains that one of his objectives in CDMX is to improve the quality of Lake Menor in Chapultepec, as well as to conceive the population of feeding the fish to other animals of the lake can affect the environment.

“As a marine biologist and unfortunately in the city of Mexico at sea (…) I would enjoy the possibility of improving the quality of the lake with the natural forces of the humid”, I said.

The marine biologist said that participating in the JICA program will give her the opportunity to bring knowledge to make the world a little better.

“I selected Mexico because I feel it has a thousand-year-old culture that has interested me a lot since many years ago and also because I believe that Mexican food is close to my taste,” he concluded.

It is important to note that since the first shipment to Laos in 1965, more than 54 million JICA volunteers have worked together with local communities in 98 countries and regions.


Through the Cooperation Program for the Training of Human Resources in the Global Estrategic Association within Mexico-Japan, five million 181 students from both countries have benefited.

The program seeks to promote mutual understanding and friendship between two nations by sending young people from both countries to study abroad, so that it has been converted into a force that supports not only bilateral relationships but also the exchange within Japan and Latin America.

Yukiko Uscanga, Ernesto Moreno and Abisag Gómez are three of the Mexicans who benefited this year with the program, all with different branches of study, coinciding in that the exchange in Japan exceeded their expectations, and who were able to understand and understand the form of work in a systematic, organized way and always thinking about the continuous improvement.

“Although we have very high expectations, we must exceed them in all ways, there is no one who will stop from this experience. It includes Japanese courses in Mexico and Japan, (…) you rent your department, you make the steps before the government (…) don’t worry about learning, implementing your strategies, developing your project and knowing ”, noted Moreno, entrepreneur in textile craftsmanship.

On the other hand, Uscanga, who is described as a fashion designer, realizing that in Mexico the difference from Japan makes her trust and believe in her identity and love for art and design, because we have a great variety of craftsmanship and minds impressive teachers and only we can believe it, I believe that this would be the most important”.

Finally, Gómez – an engineer in sustainable energy – considered that our country has failed “the work of the team and communication between workers and in this case in industry, management or managers is important, also it has failed in Mexico to continue trusting in the role of the hand of the work”.

Meanwhile, alumnas Sakika Nakamura, an economics student, and Nao Murata, a Spanish career student, are currently in Mexico as part of the program and will give both of them the opportunity to learn the Spanish language for a year.

“I have two reasons (for those who chose Mexico), the first is that I am interested in the education system, for example UNAM offers them free cases and there are many valuable ones, therefore I am interested in those programs to help students and the second reason, not much related to the economy; The science of the earth enchants me and I would like to know the system of earthquakes and volcanoes in Mexico, and know what the government or the people do to protect their cities,” said Nakamura.

When asked about wanting to move from Mexico to Japan, Murata said that “I want to bring the culture of supporting foreigners or international students. A Mexican culture that is characterized by not discriminating against people, is a very good culture that I would enjoy,” she concluded.


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