What can the Japanese do in response to the crisis in Syria?From May 20th until May 23rd, AAR Japan held a public talk series held in book stores in Kumamoto, Fukuoka, and Matsue. The title of this series was, "The Japanese, Syrian Refugees, and Islam - Photojournalist x Humanitarian Aid." AAR Japan's Yoshifumi KAGEHIRA gave a talk at the event. This event was held to commemorate the publication of photojournalist Yoshifumi KAWABATA's book; it was made possible by the cooperation of KAWABATA, Shinhyoron Co., Ltd. (the publisher of his book), and all the book stores that served as the venues.
|Nagasaki Book Store is Kumamoto's vintage book store. The participants listened attentively to Syria's complicated circumstances, as well as the harsh conditions that the refugees face. (May 20th, 2015)|
|We received a warm welcome from Mr. Minoru OI, the representative of BOOKS KUBRICK which was the venue in Fukuoka, at the outset. (May 20th, 2015)|
|The artos BOOK STORE is a wonderful book store that was featured on Sekai no Honya-san 2/The Bookstore of the World 2 (X-Knowledge).Pictured in the center is the representative Mr. Fumiyuki NISHIMURA. (May 23rd, 2015)|
|Photojournalist Yoshifumi KAWABATA speaks about what drives him to take photographs. He also asked the audience, "What actions would you take?" (May 23rd, 2015)|
|AAR Japan's Yoshifumi KAGEHIRA emphasized that "We shouldn't think of this as something far away; it is important to think of what we can do." (May 23rd, 2015)|
To get "The World as Seen by a Photojournalist" by Yoshifumi KAWABATA, please click here. (If you purchase it from AAR Japan, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our activities fund)