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  • Former Nozomi Project worker turns to Christ

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    Japan (MNN) — Japan remains a challenging spiritual battleground, but Gospel workers say the Lord IS moving in the island nation.

    “A lot of fear permeates the culture here: fear of natural disasters, fear of war, fear of the virus,” Eric Takamoto with Asian Access says.

  • Japan quake triggers trauma

    Japan (MNN) — Authorities warn residents of northeast Japan to prepare for potentially strong aftershocks in the days to come. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the region on Wednesday night, killing a handful of people and wounding hundreds.

  • Lessons on Brokenness & Business

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    Reflecting on the Ten Years since Japan's Triple Disaster

    By Sue Plumb Takamoto

    PART 2

    In Part 1: "Looking Back on Ten Years: Finding Beauty in Brokenness", I highlighted the unimaginable damage and challenging aftermath from Japan’s March 11, 2011 Triple Disaster—a 9.0 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and caused a nuclear power plant meltdown.

  • Looking Back on Ten Years: Finding Beauty in Brokenness

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    Reflections on the 10-Year Remembrance of Japan’s Triple Disaster

    By Sue Plumb Takamoto

    PART 1

    There is beauty in brokenness. This is a message that we all need to hear right now.

  • My Journey toward Ethical Awareness

    My Journey towards Ethical AwarenessTrue Confession: 

    Even though I am the founder and director of one of the very few social enterprises in Japan for women, I have not been very aware of the issues surrounding the fashion industry and ethical sustainability. That all began to change two years ago. After some deliberate consideration, my husband and I canceled our...

  • Nozomi Project founder reflects at 9th anniversary of disaster

    joe interviews sueSue Takamoto shares the story in an interview with Joe Handley

    Nozomi Project started in 2012 as a response to Japan's terrible tsunami in 2011. And through this creative ministry, God is making something beautiful in brokenness. Sue Takamoto of Asian Access, through Be One Network, launched Nozomi Project (or "Hope" Project) to provide employment, dignity, biblical community and hope for women whose lives were broken by the disaster. Using broken shards of ceramic pottery, these workers create beautiful pieces of jewelry—not only as a way to make sustainable income, but more importantly to put their lives back together. The waves ruthlessly took away their loved ones, their homes and their hope; Nozomi Project is gracefully helping these women put the pieces back together... {addthis off}

  • Opportunities for GivingTuesday 2019

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    Today is #GivingTuesday...

    We have weeks for getting deals and for shopping during this Christmas season. But on #GivingTuesday, we have a day set aside for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season, and every act of generosity counts. Asian Access is participating in #GivingTuesday to make a difference in Asia. There are several opportunities if you want to invest in our little part of God's Kingdom work in Asia. Projects include...{addthis off}

  • Beauty in Brokenness in Cambodia

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    by Rebecca Gutknecht

    Hope. It was needed after Japan’s triple disaster in March 2011, the combination of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant meltdown. The people in the damaged areas were in shock and despair. Brokenness was everywhere. Hope emerged, initially from those who helped. The Japanese Church gave supplies, care, and empathy. People also came from around the world to provide support and comfort for those left in disaster’s wake. Many organizations responded, including Asian Access. After initial relief efforts were underway, it became clear that economic hope was needed for long-term recovery. The Japanese word nozomi (のぞみ) means “hope”, and, at just the right time, the Nozomi Project was born. Sue Takamoto, pioneer... {addthis off}

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    Beauty in Brokenness: Nozomi Project Vision Expands

    Rising out of Japan’s triple disaster in March 2011, Nozomi Project has sought to bring economic recovery to Japanese people living in the disaster zone. Nozomi (のぞみ) means “hope” in Japanese. Nozomi Project now has vision to expand its reach to Cambodia. Read more to find out...

  • Sunday marks seven years since Japan’s Triple Disaster

    courtesy of Save the Children via FlickrPrayer is needed as the nation continues to heal

    Japan (MNN) – Seven years ago on the afternoon of March 11, a massive earthquake shifted Japan’s Honshu island by several feet. The moving earth resulted in a series of tsunamis, the first of which struck the Fukushima nuclear power plant at a height of 45 ft, knocking out its backup generators. Three of the six reactors exploded because the cooling systems stopped functioning. Many people died in what’s known as Japan’s Triple Disaster, also called 3/11. Hundreds of thousands of people had...

  • Nozomi のぞみ Hope

    brokenness beauty signNozomi のぞみ = Hope

    Last week I had the privilege of visiting the Nozomi Project and wow, I didn’t expect how powerfully God would move in my own life. As we were sharing together I heard the amazing story shared in this video about an autistic boy: https://vimeo.com/164225374 Thing is, I didn’t expect it to hit me personally. You see, I have an autistic sister so I shared a lot in common with the family in the video. As you’ll see in the story, the mom was encouraged through the Nozomi team, and particularly by my colleague Sue Takamoto, that her son’s life has purpose and meaning. That led me to share part of my own journey growing up with my sister. You see, I’m not naturally a very compassionate person but growing up with my sister, there were times where...

  • Hope, dignity, and love rise out of the ruins of Japan's tsunami

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    Beauty from brokenness out of Japan

    Japan (MNN) ― It has been more than two years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

    International attention has since shifted focus to other more immediate disasters, but memory of the devastation by a three-fold horror remains a daily reminder in Ishinomaki, Japan,

    ...

  • Nozomi Project: beauty in brokenness

    nozomi-project-logo  Nozomi Project started in 2012 as a response to Japan's terrible tsunami in 2011. And through this creative ministry, God is making something beautiful in brokenness. Sue Takamoto of Asian Access, through Be One Network, launched Nozomi Project (or "Hope" Project) to provide employment, dignity, biblical community and hope for women whose lives were broken by the disaster. Using broken shards of ceramic pottery, these workers create beautiful pieces of jewelry—not only as a way to make sustainable income, but more importantly to put their lives back together. The waves ruthlessly took away their loved ones, their homes and their hope; Nozomi Project is gracefully helping these women put the pieces back together... {addthis off}

  • Happy Easter from Asian Access

    Happy Easter from Asian AccessHappy Easter from all of us at Asian Access
    Photo from Asian Access Global Leaders' Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    We are grateful for you and for Jesus' love for us!

    The Latest News from Asian Access:

    Uprooted by Tsunami, Church's Flock Regroups — NY Times article

    If you want to grow the church, you must grow the leader — A report...

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