Irene Herrera

Irene Herrera

VJ + documentary filmmaker

Roving video journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Asia-Pacific. Often covering Latin America as well. Eng-Spa-Jpn-Por-Fra spoken.

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What It's Like to Date a Video Game Character for Seeker Network

Japanese otome games give women the chance to meet the perfect boyfriend. The only catch is that he lives on their phone.

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AJ+ - Urban Farming at Work in Tokyo

Forget farm to table, how about farm to office desk? Human resources and recruitment firm Pasona Group dedicates one acre of their downtown Tokyo office building to growing and harvesting over 280 types of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. The firm's 1,500 employees help grow, harvest and eat the food.
Produced by video journalist Irene Herrera for AJ+.

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AJ+ - LIVE: Tokyo's Harajuku Fashion Walk | Facebook

Harajuku’s fashionistas showcase their creative ensembles while strutting through Tokyo’s famous Takeshita-dori.

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AJ+ Tsunami Japan 2011: 5 Years Later – Snapshots For Onagawa

Photographer Mayumi Suzuki lost her parents when the 2011 tsunami devastated her hometown of Onagawa, Japan. When she returned, she found her father’s camera and began to document the reconstruction. What she found was hope and healing.

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LGBT students bullied in Japan for Human Rights Watch

Published on Jul 8, 2016

The Japanese government has failed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students from school bullying. Government policies addressing bullying do not specifically address LGBT students, who are among the most vulnerable to bullying. Instead, the national bullying prevention policy promotes social norms at the expense of basic rights.

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Japan: Bullied LGBT Students Unprotected | Human Rights Watch

The Japanese government has failed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students from school bullying. Government policies addressing bullying do not specifically address LGBT students, who are among the most vulnerable to bullying. Instead, the national bullying prevention policy promotes social norms at the expense of basic rights.

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The Streets of Tokyo for Discovery Digital's Seeker Network

Immerse yourself in the energy of Tokyo. Within the sea of people, discover cherry blossoms, handmade noodles, and futuristic technology.

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AJ+ - Police Build A Drone Catcher To Take Out Other Drones

Tokyo police have come up with a simple solution for taking out suspicious drones: a net. A special unit that flies large drones with big nets was set up last year after a drone was found on the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office.

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DDN Seeker Network- How This Town Produces No Trash - YouTube

In 2003, the local government in Kamikatsu, Japan decided to require that all residents comply with a new, rigorous recycling program - perhaps the most rigorous in the world.

Since then, the town composts, recycles, or reuses 80% of its garbage. It may not technically be 100% zero waste, as the remaining 20% goes into the landfill, but it's a remarkable achievement for an entire community, in such a short amount of time. The impacts have been positive - cutting costs for the community drastically, as well as improving the conditions of the lush and beautiful environment that surrounds the town in Southeast Japan.

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Japanese Students Learn Life Skills By Cleaning Classrooms .for AJ+

In some parts of Japan, students spend about 20 minutes a day cleaning up their classrooms. AJ+ dropped by a second-grade class at Azabu Elementary School in Tokyo to find out why. From video journalists Irene Herrera and Naotomo Umewaka.

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These Kids Clean Their Own Classrooms – And Have Fun Doing It

For AJ+ - Over 35 million views.

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Japan Is Hiring Professional Ninjas - YouTube

Being a professional ninja might sound like a little kid's fantasy, but in Aichi, Japan it's a very real job you can have as an adult. Aichi is the birthplace of the Samurai warrior and there are still many places in the city related to Samurai history, from castles to battlegrounds, that people can visit. The ninjas serve as publicists for these sites in order to help boost tourism.

When the Aichi government put out an ad looking for professional ninjas, there were 235 applicants and 200 of them were foreigners -- only 35 were Japanese. Chris O'Neill is one of those foreigners who made the cut. In fact, he is the first American to ever become a salaried foreign ninja. He now performs all over the world in a group called Hattori Hanzo and the Ninjas, fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a professional ninja.

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The Last Kamikaze | Guardian Features - YouTube

The Last Kamikaze | Guardian Features - YouTube

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Welcome to the World's First Robot Hotel

On July 17th, the first robot-staffed hotel, Henn-na, opened in Sasebo, Japan. The managers say the use of robots to reduce operating costs is the way of the future. AJ+ went to take a look.