About LSV

The Japanese Red Cross Language Service Volunteers (LSV), founded in 1965, was based on a volunteer interpretation services group for the Tokyo Paralympics held in 1964. LSV is positioned as a specialized volunteer corps under the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS). LSV marks its 50th anniversary in 2015.

  • Organization
    Membership: Approximately 200
    Member compositions: All ages in various fields and occupations including students and retirees.
  • Main Activities
    • General assistance for JRCS activities
    • Assistance in planning, translation and interpretation services for international exchange projects conducted by JRCS
    • Translation of JRCS documents including instruction manuals on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, disaster relief, dissemination of the Red Cross principles and introductions of IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent) Societies activities
    • Interpretation and translation services for events and projects hosted by social welfare organizations
    • Guide services for foreign visitors with disabilities
    • Managing the guide website, "Accessible Tokyo" for people with disabilities


    The Japanese Language Service Volunteers
    JRC/RCY and Volunteers Division
    Organizational Development Department
    Japanese Red Cross Society
    1-1-3 Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    The Japanese Language Service Volunteers' site:http://www.tok-lanserv.jp