Saturday, August 22, 2009


Skills building opportunities:

Temple University Japan Continuing Education Dept. NGO certificate program
NGO classes offered in fall 2009:
Global issues and how NGOs tackle them (Mondays 19:10-21:30)
International English for NGOs (Wednesdays,19:10-21:00)
Environmental issues, (Fridays,19:10-21:00)
Introduction to fundraising (One-day Workshop) (Dec 5)
Location and access: TUJ Azabu Hall

Open house/information session will be held on Sat, Sept 12, 10-12noon.

Deadline for applications: Sept 14 (early bird discount offer expires Aug 17!)
For more information contact: Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:

Tsuda International Training Program

Classes in international development campaign management, writing, and issues (All courses are run in English but most program information is in Japanese.)

Open house/information sessions will be held on Sept 1, Sept 10 and Sept 17, 7:00-9:00 (in both English and Japanese)

Deadline for applications: Sept 18

Find out more at or contact

Make a difference:

Pink Stay at the Westin June 20th - August 31st and raise money for breast Cancer in Japan

Run for the Cure Foundations very successful Pink Month Brunch at The Westin Tokyo in May raised a generous 1,420,965 yen for the nonprofit. Following this, The Westin Tokyo has started a Pink Stay promotion to benefit the foundation. Pink guests can reserve a beautiful deluxe room for only 30,000 yen (usual price 65,100 yen).

For reservations, call: 03-5423-1110 (please be sure to use the magic words Pink Stay)

Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) is still accepting applications for the Fall Telephone Counselors Training Program that starts on September 12th until November 28th. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 – 9.30pm. No prior counseling experience is needed. Applicants must be fluent in English and over 21. The training costs 35,000 yen. This amount can be adjusted. For further information and application forms please visit the website, email or call 03-3498-0246.

Sarajean is looking for Japanese NGOs and companies interested in being listed in Buy 1 Give 1. Visit and contact rose.ito at by email if you are interested.

Regular organizational meetings:

FEW (Foreign Executive Women) has regular meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month featuring a speaker or a panel of speakers (in English) with a light buffet beforehand. Get more information on themes, cost and venue:

Green Mondays has regular meetings on the 4th Monday of each month featuring a speaker or a panel of speakers on an eco-related theme (in English). Fee 3000yen including drinks and light meal. For more information:

FWLA (Foreign Women Lawyers Association) has regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month featuring a speaker or a panel of speakers with a light buffet beforehand. Venues vary. RSVP is required for meetings to: For further information visit:

Monthly blog note from Sarajean: Each month I will put one of my blog notes here.

I read in the Asahi about the nonprofit organization sodateage net 育て上げネット。

They have a number of useful programs for youth that are out of work and looking for jobs. they do career counseling, training for interviews and rent interview clothing.

they have a campaign to get 1000 suit by the end of the year. but they need not only suits but white shirts, blouses, belts, and business shoes. Get more info about The Recycled-Suits for Youth Project

Also - you can just become a member .... use that 12,000yen the government gave you to better the economy by contributing it to those in the most need.

Skills building resources:

I am expanding the online resources listings. Contact rose.ito at with the category, title, 1-2 line description and link. Please only send information on Japanese or English sites. Current categories for online resources:

1. advocacy & campaign mgt.

2. community organizing

3. empowerment training tools

4. fundraising

5. MDG related

6. nonprofit Mgt

7. organizational mgt - general

8. online activism

9.PR and outreach tools for nonprofit NGOs

10. project development and mgt

11. social/political educational resources

12. socially responsible business models

13 sustainable living

14. volunteer mgt

15. Japanese nonprofit sector: There will be a separate page for this => on laws, history etc.

16. Other: