Fields of Hope: Cambodia
Former Japan Self-Defense Force Member Ryoji Takayama has been clearing mines in northwestern Cambodia since 2006. He works in an impoverished area where poor infrastructure makes life difficult for local people. Having realized that mine clearance was not sufficient to alleviate poverty, he began working to dig wells as well as to improve schools and roads. Takayama hopes that the next generation will carry on his work of the village development.