Vietnam-born Do Van Tuan, a foreign resident in Japan is the chairman of the Sendai Vietnamese Association, and provides support to fellow Vietnamese who are having trouble making ends meet in Japan. The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on foreigners living in Japan; many have found themselves out of work, some even without a place to live. Ever since the country declared an official state of emergency, Tuan has been receiving more requests for assistance than ever before.
Do Van Tuan delivers food and other supplies to fellow Vietnamese in need.
Ever since the state of emergency, Tuan has been stocking food he’s paid for out of his own pocket, ready to be delivered to those in need at any moment.
Tuan came to Japan from Vietnam eight years ago. He’s built up a career working as an interpreter, translator and language teacher.
Vietnamese nationals learn Japanese from volunteer teachers at classes set up by Tuan. And an increasing number of Japanese locals are joining him.