Special Edition Mr. Lou Oshiba : 20th Anniversary

Relay Messages from Japanese Peacekeepers

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<Photo> Together with South Sudanese kids


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Lou Oshiba

Visiting professor of Yamano College of Aesthetics

Born in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 1954, Lou Oshiba is well known for his comic character who speaks “Lou-go” (He mixes English and Japanese in his conversation).
He started his blog in 2006, which is popular among young people. He sang a song called “Mottainai” (What a waste) in the NHK TV show “Minna No Uta” (Everyone's songs) in 2007. Since then, he has been actively engaged in environmental activities such as using own chopsticks and bags, collecting garbage and cleaning up the woodlands of Mt. Fuji and other places. His hobbies are catching loaches and killifish, ink painting, and tea ceremony. He has the title of associate-master of the Enshu-style tea ceremony.
He has been a visiting professor of Yamano College of Aesthetics since July 2010.

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You (Lou Oshiba) visited South Sudan in 2011. What was your impression of the country?

When I visited South Sudan, the country was only two months old; it had just declared independence, and that was a time full of learning experiences for me. The country has to tackle so many things, such as employment and infrastructure; roads need to be repaired, and bridges need to be built. There are countless bumpy roads in the cities. Once it rains, puddles form on the roads and cause problems for transport. Such roads should be repaired so that vehicles and people can pass by. So, I found that infrastructure was one of the big challenges for the country.
On the other hand, the cities I visited were not so dark. These cities were bright and vibrant.

Together with South Sudanese kids(img)

Together with South Sudanese kids

Water of the River Nile, the important water source for the people of Juba(img)

Water of the River Nile, the important water source for the people of Juba

Please tell us about your future work.

I would be happy to visit various places together with others, and tell what I see there to the people of Japan as my version of an international contribution. I would like to do my best in my capacity as “messenger boy”.

I found the Japanese flag in South Sudan!(img)

At the office of the Coordination Office

Please give us your message on international peace cooperation.

I visited Haiti in 2010 and South Sudan last year. I was surprised to know that members of the International Peace Cooperation Corps and other Japanese people were energetically working there. I think that such Japanese people working for the people of developing countries are really strong, and I feel proud of them.

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Interviewed on March 20, 2012, at the JICA Global Plaza
Interviewers:Matsutaro Yamasaki and Takuro Horikawa, Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters
Photographer:Takuro Horikawa, Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters

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No.1  Mr. Yasushi AkashiNo.2  Dr. Hideki KobayashiNo.3  Mr.Shigeru YotoriyamaNo.4  Colonel Toru Namatame

In “Relay Messages from Japanese Peacekeepers”, we look back on the history of Japan's international peace cooperation through messages delivered by prominent figures who are well versed in international peace cooperation as well as former members of International Peace Cooperation Corps in commemoration of the 20 years since the enactment of the International Peace Cooperation Law.

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