May 18 2014

Shine On Kids Executive Fight Night

Category: Japan EntertainmentIchiban @ 12:56 pm

Japanichiban is a big fan of this charity and with one of our favorite Tokyo musicians putting his good looks on the line we had to throw a donation in to the ring to support this great cause.

Fighters are fighting to make sure the Facility Dog Program is with patients and families every step of the way. They are fighting for children who are fighting for life in hospitals across Japan. They are fighting to keep the programs in the hospitals which encourage children, families, hospitals and communities to keep fighting. To stay strong. To shine on.

¥50000 from Japanichiban…but it’s not enough.

For the Kids!!! Support Andy here or any of the other boxers!!!




Our man Andy Mackinlay is going to do some damage!!!

























Shine On Kids


lick on the share buttons too….this deserves immediate attention as time is running out!

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Dec 30 2010

Google Ad Revenue

Category: News WorldIchiban @ 2:40 pm

Good to see google putting a lot of their ad revenue to good work.


Dear Japanichiban,

Thanks to you, this holiday season Google is able to donate $20 million to charitable organizations around the world. They in turn will help improve the lives of over 50 million people. Click here to see how.

Thank you for being a part of what Google is today. All this is possible because of you.

Have a wonderful holiday.


We also want to make a donation to Alda too before February!


Apr 04 2010

Living Dreams

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 8:36 pm

I found a great new organisation in Japan helping Japanese orphans like they have never been helped before.

Living Dreams is about doing more than one can even imagine. Living Dreams was established as a non-profit organization with the dream of making a real difference in the lives of orphans living across Japan’s 552 “Children’s Homes.” With more than 30,000 orphaned children and a continued rise in reports of child abuse, there’s a lot of work to be done.

The reality for these children is discouraging:

  • More than 50% of these orphaned children are victims of child abuse
  • Most of them suffer from a general lack of motivation
  • Only about 8% go onto higher-education programs (the national average is 49.7%)
  • Once the kids leave these homes, most can only get low-wage jobs that often won’t even cover rent
  • The homes are unable to ensure that every child gets constant personalized care from a positive adult figure
    However, the tough work these homes have undertaken should also be recognized:
  • They are typically well-run institutions
  • They provide a safe and clean environment, as well as the basics of food and clothing
  • Even the most institutionalized homes try to provide some semblance of family life
  • Staff members often go the extra mile: raise money for field trips,buy presents, contribute towards college or rent when kids leave the home
  • The safe, caring and clean environment is a basic but falls short in addressing finer issues. Most of these kids still lack the guidance, skills and tools that will give them the courage to dream of a better life. They are still trapped in a life that will be mediocre, at best. It’s an even bigger challenge to reach out to those children who are dealing with issues of guilt, abandonment and anger due to abuse.
  • This is exactly where somebody—somehow—needs to go the distance for these children: Break barriers. Feed their brains. Fire their imagination. They most truly deserve a real opportunity to express themselves, realize their potential—and to dream big.
  • Our mission at Living Dreams is to do just that: to create consistent opportunities for children to help them find inspiration, build confidence and receive critical guidance and support. Through Learning, Sports, Arts, and Technology, children can acquire expansive skills and enjoy positive experiences. It is our hope that these programs will help shape their dreams and give them the courage to follow them through.
  • Today Living Dreams works closely with 23 orphanages in Tokyo—identifying specific needs for each home. Yearly interviews are conducted to assess the home’s greatest needs, and from there, we work with the community to provide each home with varied access to enrichment programs.

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Feb 07 2010

Bicycles For Humanity Tokyo

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 12:20 pm

Just stumbled across this charity organisation Bicycles For Humanity.

Bicycles for Humanity – Tokyo (B4H-Tokyo) is a charitable organization founded by Andrew Eickhoff to further the mission of Bicycles For Humanity (B4H) to empower the people of Africa by helping them solve the basic problem of mobility. A bicycle allows a healthcare worker to visit 3 to 4 times the number of patients in a day, it allows a mother to transport water and get her goods to market. For students living a long way from schools, it allows them more time and energy for studies and helping at home.

The basic idea is to raise around ¥70,0000, collect 400 used bicycles, buy a shipping crate and send it to Africa. Together we can make it!

A bike can change a life in a poor country. Yet for millions of people on the lowest incomes, a new bicycle is financially out of reach.

Meanwhile, millions of perfectly good bicycles lie unused in North America, Europe, Japan and elsewhere in the world.

Bicycles for Humanity began in September 2005 with the simple aim of enabling people to raise funds and collect unwanted bicycles to send to reliable partners in developing countries.

In developing countries, Bicycles for Humanity, in partnership with organizations in that country, provides resources and support to make the process accountable and efficient. In developing countries, it works at the grassroots level to ensure that disadvantaged people are empowered through improved access to food and water, employment, healthcare, education and social opportunities.

Our movement continues to grow for 3 simple reasons:

1. It empowers caring entrepreneurial-minded people in Africa to step up and make a difference in their communities.

2. It links people here with like-minded people in Africa. Together, they tell the story of the need, collect the bikes and raise the funds to empower whole communities.

3. Accountability, honesty and humanity are the foundation of our movement. The more the people of Africa demonstrate this, the more support comes forward.

Our focus in 2008 was on distributing the Bicycling Empowerment Centre (BEC), a complete package that addresses bicycle delivery to remote areas, access to tools, training and spare parts.

The Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) program was a huge success with now over twelve of them placed across all of Namibia. In 2009 we will launch Top UP, a program designed to send more bikes to communities that already have a BEC.

On this site, you will find information about volunteering, collections and developing country projects. You will come to know the people we empower and the many ways that recipients use bicycles to create new opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.

You will also find ways that you or your community group, service club, school, sport club, religious organization or business can get involved. There are opportunities to support our projects by working within your community and through direct connections with partners in a developing countries. Help send a BEC to a community in need.

Please visit our Humanity Rocks Initiative to find out more about how you can join and become a part of this grassroots movement.

Bicycles for Humanity On Facebook too:

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