Corn stories from Kaoi
by Kaoi Nakasa, intern at Oxfam Japan.
Yesterday, I had an interesting career change for a day: I was a corn on the cob in Oxfam’s biofuels performance.
As all the camera’s pointed at me, it felt like being a star, but it was a little scary at the same time. Everyone else was safely guarded from the cameras by their ‘big heads’, while I was out in the open. It was also quite tiring, because I had to squat down all the time. In the end, my picture ended up on Yahoo News and some other news channels, but unfortunately we were described as ‘anti G8’ and I didn’t want to be seen that way.
Last May I started working at Oxfam Japan as an intern, so I’ve only been working here for 2 months. It feels like a lot more though! I’ve been really busy working on the campaign and I must have made a million phonecalls for the logistical preparations for the G8.
When I came to Sapporo for our G8 actions, I had no idea what it would be like. I thought some of the performances would be impossible, because I had never seen anything like it in Japan, but everything went well: we got lots of media coverage and I’m sure we’ll get a lot more acceptance from the Japanese audience. And that’s a good thing, because in Japan the civil society doesn’t have a very strong position. Yet!
I’m still a student now, but in the future I would really like a job at an NGO, even though it’s really hard to get one. Personally, I would like to work on health issues in a campaign like the “Me Too” G8 campaign, because no health means no work, which means no income. That’s my message to the G8 leaders.