Comment-Niger is a non-profit general incorporated association founded in March 2009. We conduct activities and projects to provide support for the children of Niger.
"Comment-Niger" is a French expression, meaning "What is Niger?” I have lived in Niger for a total of seven years. I was the first Japanese woman to live in a camp in Afasto, further south of Arlit in the middle of the Saharan desert, for two years from 1978 to 1980 to accompany my husband who was stationed there. The second time round, we lived in the capital Niamey from 1986 to 1991with the children.
Up until 2011, approximately 1 hour of electricity production out of every 24 in Japan was generated from uranium produced in Niger, and that had been the case for over 30 years. However, as of January 2015, there is not a single electric power plant for civilian use in Niger. And, the majority of us Japanese do not even recognize the country of Niger. We think that it is our responsibility to at least recognize the existence of the country. To think and to learn about a country in a faraway desert can teach us about our own country surrounded by the ocean.
Comment-Niger’s mission is to provide support for the children of Niger, and to gain recognition of the Republic of Niger. Trends of Japanese energy security are swaying since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and its future is unpredictable. We wish to at least value and give thanks for the relationship between Niger and Japan, and to give thoughts to the country that has been supporting our convenient lives for over 30 years. Give some thoughts. Your attention matters. We would be grateful if you would care, even a little bit, about Niger.
Founder and President Hideko Fukuda
Name of the organization: Comment-Niger
4-9-15 Goshogaoka, Moriya, Ibaraki 302-0119
PO.Box 12212 Niamey
REPUBLIQUE DU NIGER
Phone ＋227 9689 1069
Board of Directors: 10 members
Staff: 2 in Japan, 2 in Niger
Supporters: 60 members (including organizasions),12 volunteers
*as of January 2015
The following organizations, corporates and groups are supporting us in the form of membership fees, donations, and/or grants.
■Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Niger in Tokyo
■Moriya City Government, Ibaraki Prefecture
■Staedtler Nippon Kabushikikaisha
■Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co.,Inc.
■Charity comedy event "Hato Live"
(organizations are not listed in any particular order)
Sponsoring and appearing on a community FM radio program in Sapporo.
Sponsoring and appearing on "Mayu-tasu" of Radio Karos Sapporo
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Broadcasted on February 28, 2011
Appearing on TBS News Bird's news program "News no shiten"
May 20, 2011
Placed a full page ad on Niger's major newspaper "Le Sahel"
Comment-Niger placed a full page ad to thank the people of Niger for their kind 2 million JPY donation in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. （details）
October 27, 2013
The Mainichi Shimbun's Ibaraki regional version
An article about photo exhibition of Seico Tamai's "Niger-no-onnanoko (Girls in Niger)", sponsored by Comment-Niger. （details）
October 1, 2014 - present
Serving as a "navigator" for a program of a Moriya city's community radio
Navigating for "at town Moriya"on Radio Tsukuba (84.2MHz). "at town Moriya"'s website（here）
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■Centre Technique Kalmharo
■Niger Hirome-tai Mayutasu ("Spread awareness for Niger")
Comment-Niger sponsors the radio program based on the donation given by the program MC, Mayumi Hayashi. Hideko Fukuda writes the scenario/script for one of the program's corner to introduce about Niger.