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Aug 2, 2013 - Meet our 2013 Summer/Fall period interns!
Peace Boat is happy to welcome our new interns who will be supporting our activities in 2013 while gaining hands on NGO experience in the fields of peace, sustainability, international cultural exchange, and other areas. This year's interns come from a very diverse background and we are looking forward to hearing their stories and learning from them.

So far, our interns have already being involved in various Peace Boat activities such as the preparations for the departure of our 80th Global Voyage, the Open Ship Events and the onboard Global Festival of Culture and Tourism held in the port of Yokohama, Japan in July; our ongoing campaign for a nuclear power free energy policy in Japan; events and campaigns focusing on historical issues in East Asia; as well as research and other related work for future projects.

Interning with Peace Boat is a great way to experience work in an international NGO while in Japan, and getting involved in the different activities we carry out both onboard, in Japan and in the different ports that we visit. Applications for the 2014 Winter/Springl Internship Programme (January-June 2014) are now open and we welcome applications.

Eric Mathews

Was born in Walnut Creek, California in the United States, and later moved to Eugene, Oregon where he is currently studying Japanese Language and East Asian Litterature at the University of Oregon. He is one of the first people in his family to attend college and hopes to one day be able to achieve a masters degree in environmental studies. After graduation, he hopes to either be involved in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program or the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He has been studying Japanese on and off for the last 17 years, since the age of 5. His hobby is to write ten Japanese sentences and learn new Japanese vocabulary every night. He also plays the Mandolin. He joined Peace Boat as a Freeman Asia Scholarship Student.

"I didn't only come to Peace Boat for Japanese. I am passionate about helping with environmental problems, for example learning about alternative energy usages and learning more about the removal of U.S. military bases on Okinawa. Learning how to teach English and networking are also important to me."

Han Seung hee

Han Seung hee was born in Seoul, South Korea. He majored in History at the University of Dongguk. He came to Japan in October of 2010 for one year to study Japanese and joined Peace Boat as a volunteer. After participating in the "Candle movement against Yasukuni", he found a passion for being involved in historical issues such as responsibility in war and war compensation. Since then, he attended numerous events and symposiums dealing with disputes over "comfort women" -- sex slaves exploited by the Japanese military in wartime, and realized that even today, there are people who are still suffering from the Japanese invasion and colonization in Asia. As a support staff member he is actively taking part in Peace Boat's events for historical recognition.

"I felt sorry for not being concerned enough about the issues faced by war victims, and realized I had to do something to help them with their grievances in order to solve the problem. That is why I joined Peace Boat."

Naoil Bendrimia

Was born in Valognes, France. Moved to Paris, where she attended the National Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). Came to Japan as an exchange student at Meiji Universityi before receiving a Bachelor's degree in Japanese and International Relations. She joined Peace Boat as an intern in order to complete the internship portion of her Master's Degree. Her hobby is to watch and practice various types of dance. She also likes to attend summer festivals in Japan. Aims to work as a political risk analyst or in the field of international organizations.

"This work experience at Peace Boat is a great opportunity to explore the field of International NGOs and to put into practice the knowledge I have acquired about international issues so far. I am pleased to meet people who I share similar ideas with such as peace, solidarity and cross-cultural understanding. Above all, I'm looking forward to participating in a Peace Boat global voyage in the future!"

Emi Kurihara

Was born in Sendai, Japan, and came to Tokyo this year to work with Peace Boat as an intern. Her first contact with Peace Boat was as a participant on the 71st Peace Boat Global Voyage. She had the chance to meet victims of the nuclear tests in Tahiti, and learned a lot from atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those experiences made her realize the universality of the nuclear issue. When she came back from the voyage, the Fukushima nuclear accident following the Great East Japan earthquake made her want to get involved in the Peace Boat Hibakusha Project. Emi helped a lot with the preparation of the 6th Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World. She is currently taking part in activities such as events for the total abolition of nuclear weapons and keeps other people informed about this topical issue. "As an intern, I still have a lot of things to learn and my skills may need to be improved, but I want to do my very best to work as a supportive partner of the members who give the Hibakusha a chance to be heard," she says.

Shumpei Suzuki

Was born in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. He is majoring in Intercultural Communication at Rikkyo University. Loves to both play and watch soccer. He also likes to read books. He feels concerned about issues related to nuclear power and wants to keep people informed, which is why he decided to get involved in the Peace Boat Hibakusha Project. His dream is to become a journalist in the future. "I would love to think about and communicate what is important for society, so that people can create a better future," he says.

Our 2013 interns are researching and reporting about various issues such as peace, sustainability, and the Northeast Asian region. To view their most report about the Yasukuni Shrine controversy, click here. To see their report on journalist Jon Mitchell's investigation into Agent Orange on Okinawa, click here.

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