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Contact: Amanda-Faye Clarke


Tuesday,  December 1, 2009  The Japanese Overseas Co-operation Volunteers (JOCV) in Saint Lucia, are spearheading the efforts of the Embassy of Japan to deepen cross-cultural and social appreciation  between Saint Lucians and Japanese on the island.


Over the weekend, the JOCV held a Japanese Festival in Castries, displaying various cultural Japanese elements including traditional Japanese dance, karate, food and art.


Japanese Ambassador Representative in Saint Lucia, Karachi Sasaki, says his organisation believes such an initiative would bring awareness of Japan's contribution to the socio-economic development of Saint Lucia.


“Our local branch here is working in the social welfare sectors, like supporting disabled people and abused children. There are also volunteers working in   primary schools in the areas of mathematics,  physical education and  communication development,” Ambassador Sasaki said.


Ambassador Sasaki says the Japanese Overseas Co-operation Volunteers will embark on other outreach initiatives to inspire local youth to learn the Japanese language and cuisine.


Currently, there are eleven Japanese volunteers on the island.

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