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UNHCRとの出会いのきっかけは、アンジェリーナ・ジョリーUNHCR特使が監督を務めた『Unbroken(邦題:不屈の男 アンブロークン)』(2014年、アメリカ)への出演。ジョリー特使との交流を通じて難民の現状やUNHCRの活動に関心を抱き、「自分にできることは何か」を考えるようになったといいます。そうして生まれたのが、難民問題の解決への思いを込めた楽曲「The Others」です。

2015年5月には「The Others」を携えてレバノンを訪問し、初めて難民キャンプの過酷な現状に直面しながらも、ギターを片手に難民や現地の子どもたちと音楽を通じた交流を行いました。その時の様子は、アンジェリーナ・ジョリーとMIYAVI がディレクションしたミュージックビデオに盛り込まれ、大きな反響を呼びました。








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UNHCR appoints MIYAVI as first Goodwill Ambassador in Japan

The UN Refugee Agency, announced the appointment of Japanese artist MIYAVI as a national Goodwill Ambassador, the agency’s first in Japan.

MIYAVI is a Japanese musician, actor and philanthropist who has gained international recognition and acclaim for his unique guitar style, using his fingers instead of a pick to create an elaborate sound both musically and rhythmically.

MIYAVI’s appointment reflects his passionate advocacy for refugees and his commitment to UNHCR having been introduced to the cause by UNHCR’s Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who cast him in her 2014 film “Unbroken.” Inspired by her, MIYAVI wrote and recorded “The Others,” a song dedicated to refugees around the globe.

In 2015, MIYAVI undertook his first visit to refugees in Lebanon with UNHCR. He brought his song “The Others” and performed it with refugees. The music video was released in 2016, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie and MIYAVI alongside refugees around the globe.

Special Envoy Angelina Jolie sent a message saying “MIYAVI is someone who is deeply committed to the refugee cause. He brings compassion andunderstanding but also the gift of music. It is very moving to see MIYAVI connect with displaced people,and share and encourage his passion for musical expression. I am delighted he is joining UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador and look forward to us working together.”

MIYAVI visited Lebanon again in 2016 to update himself on the situation as well as Thailand in 2017 to meet Karen refugees from Myanmar, who also appeared on the music video. His ongoing promotion of UNHCR’s global work on his social media channels has helped raise awareness to a much wider audience. He has been particularly vocal on the need for refugee children to receive quality education.

“Everyone deserves to feel hope, and to be able to have a moment to smile in their lives. If there is anything I can do with music to help achieve that, that is my mission,” MIYAVI said.

Welcoming MIYAVI’s appointment as Goodwill Ambassador, UNHCR Representative in Japan, Dirk Hebecker expressed admiration for the artist’s public commitment, saying: “I know that MIYAVI’s voice will help raise more awareness on the global displacement crisis among the Japanese public and especially the younger generation. We are honoured to welcome him as a Goodwill Ambassador.”

An appointment ceremony will be held on 20 November at a press conference in Tokyo on the occasion of the High Commissioner for Refugees’ official visit to Japan.

Click here for MIYAVI’s Goodwill Ambassador page on UNHCR website.

Media Contact: Yuki Moriya, Public Information Officer +81 (0)3 3499 2042

Press Release (English-PDF)

Press Release (Japanese-PDF)