Volunteers have gathered in four cities and towns in Saga Prefecture, southern Japan, to join a clean-up effort after record rain deluged homes and businesses.
In Takeo City, people began signing up at a disaster volunteer center from 9 a.m., and were soon helping residents pull damaged tatami mat flooring and furniture out of homes.
The number of applicants for volunteer positions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has topped 160,000. That's twice the target set by the Games' organizing committee.
At a meeting of the committee's executive board on Thursday, an official said over 162,000 people had applied as of that morning.
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics say applications for volunteers for the Games have surpassed the needed number of 80,000.
The organizing committee began accepting applications on September 26th. They are seeking 80,000 volunteers for event venues and the athletes' village, and another 30,000 "city volunteers" to serve as transportation and tour guides at airports and train stations.
The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government say they will begin inviting volunteers for the games this month.
The organizing committee for the games and the host city government told reporters on Wednesday that they will start accepting applications for volunteers at 1 PM on September 26th.
Volunteers are helping with cleanup work in the western Japanese city of Takatsuki on the first weekend since a major earthquake hit the area on Monday.
Volunteers from in and outside the city in Osaka Prefecture removed stuck sliding doors at the house of an elderly woman. She said that she appreciated the help.
On January 1, 2018, Honda will lead the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda with its float entry, "Power of Dreams Express." The float brings together Honda's philanthropic partner organizations and volunteers to highlight this year's parade theme, "Making a Difference."
Crafted from enchanted musical instruments reimagined as a three-car train, the float is a whimsical representation of Honda's commitment to engineer good in the community. The Power of Dreams Express float will feature four Honda philanthropy partners—Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM), Nicklaus Children's Hospital, and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation—all of which focus on nationwide initiatives that address the physical and mental health of young people. Float riders will include representatives from each organization, including KTLA Morning News co-anchor, Frank Buckley, on behalf of JDRF.
More than 20,000 volunteers across North America are participating in Honda's second annual Week of Service, in which Honda associates, dealers and suppliers will conduct more than 425 volunteer service activities in 43 states, as well as Canada and Mexico, to make a positive impact in their communities. The Week of Service coincides with Honda's Founder's Day, marking the establishment of the first Honda business operation in North America on June 11, 1959.
"Through this coordinated week of volunteer projects across North America, we are reinforcing the Team Honda spirit of working together to make a difference in the communities where we live and work," said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President, Honda North America, Inc. "Honda is incredibly proud to provide the opportunity for our associates, dealers and suppliers to give their time to make a positive impact in the communities we all call home."