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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Japan's Okinawans Tell U.S. Marines To Go Home - AJ+

Japan's Okinawans Tell U.S. Marines To Go Home
The Japanese island of Okinawa hosts over 30 U.S. military facilities and most Okinawans want those bases shut down. VJ Irene Herrera met with young activist Maki Sunagawa, who explains why they've continued their sit-in protest at Henoko beach for 11 years. Protesters and police clashed on Tuesday.

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Japan's 'Jailhouse Rockers' play to a captive audience - AFPTV

Armed with acoustic instruments and prison-worthy lyrics -- "cheer up, don't give up" and "it's okay to make mistakes" -- the female duo Paix2 has been rocking Japanese cell blocks for 15 years, and show no signs of stopping.

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VOX Media's Polygon: Grand Kingdom's Creator Makes a SUPER MARIO MAKER Level ...

Grand Kingdom's Creator Makes a Super Mario maker Level.

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Zero Escape Creator Kotaro Uchikoshi Plays Super Mario Maker

We asked Kotaru Uchikoshi, the creator of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Virtue's Last Reward and the upcoming Zero Time Dilemma, to create a stage in Super Mario Maker. The results are decidedly Zero Escapey.

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Inside The Pet Cafés Of Japan for Discovery Digital's Seeker Network

Animal cafes are extremely popular in Japan. They offer patrons a place to relax with animal-themed treats and the opportunity to play with owls, bunnies, turtles and more. These special cafes give people a place to connect with pets that they wouldn't normally get to have.

Short documentary on Japan's Pet Cafes for Seeker Network All Points Project, a Discovery Digital initiative.

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Host a Runner, Meet the World: Mac - for Airbnb

Meet Mac Ichiro, a runner from Japan. Mac is part of the Airbnb World Runners, a group of international hosts running the TCS New York City Marathon. He shared with us how running has welcomed him and how he, in turn, loves to welcome a world of guests. Will you help cheer him on in NYC? Learn more about Mac and the rest of our #RunAirbnb World Runners here:

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Japan Mourns Hostages Murdered By ISIS - AJ+

Feb 9, 2015 | Mourners in Tokyo lit candles in remembrance of two Japanese citizens killed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State aka ISIS or ISIL, freelance journalist Kenji Goto and military consultant Haruna Yukawa. ISIS reportedly captured them on separate occasions last year. The militant group had demanded $200 million for their release.