Monday, August 07, 2006

Tokyo Community News: August 2006

For each the events listed, please contact the organizations below for details. If you would like to have events included in the Sept. listing, please send up to 8 lines of event information to by Aug 29.

Thursday August 10 8:00 - 9:30
PSC Planning Meeting: for new projects and Skills Build Forum 7
Location: Koots Green Tea, Harajuku/Omotesando area, off Meiji-dori
All interested in joining are requested to contact
Main topics: next forums and new projects ideas.

August 11-15
Let's Light a Candle of Peace!
A Candle Movement Against the Darkness of Yasukuni
Various locations in Tokyo
Contact: Lim, Seong-suk
Visit the URL for more info:

Friday August 18 7:30 - 9:30
PSC general meeting followed by Planning Meeting:
new projects and Skills Build Forum 7
Location: PSC office, Maruko Bldg, 3F, Ueno-Okachimachi area
1-20-6 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8605
A map can be found at
All interested in joining are requested to contact

August 21 - September 1
UNU-ESD Summer School for Bird's -eye View Experts on Environment
Location: Tokyo, Japan
The two-week seminar, consisting of lectures given by professors and industrial experts from Japan and various countries, is aimed at broadening views of graduate students studying at Japanese universities on pressing global environmental issues.
For details or to sign up please visit
Contact: Prof. Itaru Yasui or Tomoko Matsuzaki, UNU Centre

Wednesday, Aug 23, 6:00-8:00pm
Médecins du Monde Japon International Volunteer information session (in Japanese only)
Location JICA Plaza, Hiro (Hiro 4-2-24, Seminar Room #1)
All interested are requested to contact: hr@mdm.or.jpÅB
Visit to find out more about Médecins du Monde Japon

Wed & Thursday, August 23 & 24
UNU/UNESCO International Conference on "Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Science And Technology"
Location: Yokohama IAS
For details or to sign up, please visit

Friday, August 2513th U Thant Lecture: "Dialogue Among Civilizations: Building global citizenship, promoting non-violence, and strengthening peace and development through dialogue among civilizations".
Guest speaker: Seyed Mohammad Khatami, Former President of Iran
Location: UN House, Tokyo, Japan
For details or to sign up, visit

NGO Job opportunities:
Greenpeace has several job openings:

Intern opportunities:
Intern/volunteer abroad with The Foundation for Sustainable Development

Looking for Internships in 2007
Students studying Japanese in the US are looking for opportunities to intern at Tokyo area nonprofits and NGOs.
Time frame: 6 months (Jan to June 2007, April to Sept 2007 or July to Dec 2007) or 3 months (April to July 2007, Jan to April 2007, June to August, Sept to Dec
Visit for details.

Articles of interest
EU: Push U.S. To Close Guantanamo
European governments should take concrete steps to help close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter sent to EU foreign ministers.
July 14, 2006

Useful links:
Recently I was asked which NGOs are doing anti-whaling work in Japan. All I could find was info on groups that are part of larger international environmental networks:
WWF Japan Å[ lots in English but not much about whales on the Japanese site.
Friends of the Earth Japan – despite what they have in English, I found little to nothing about the sea protection and whales on their Japanese website
Greenpeace Japan seems to be the main group doing such work here.