Sunday, May 29, 2011

June 2011 events

Two extra notes from me this month.
The FEW Community Service Team is in the process of putting together our (5th) Community Service Directory. If you would like to have your organization included please input your information here:
Please fill in the form as completely as possible by June 1.

If you know of an established organization in Tohoku working on community revitalizations and having trouble raising funds, please drop me a line.

Thursday June 2 7:00-10:00
Support Tohoku Fundraising Event for the people of Minami-Soma, Fukushima-ken.
The Save MinamiSoma Project has been taking food and supplies directly to the people living in the 30km nuclear reactor evacuation zone of Minamisoma who are still in need of assistance after the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake.
  • Entrance: ¥3,000 (100% Donation)
  • Venue: Fifty Seven 57 New York style lounge, Roppongi
  • When: Thursday June 2, 2011 starting at 7:00pm

Friday, June 3, 6.30pm
RIJ Grand Charity Auction
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL JAPAN IS PLEASED to announce that our 6th Grand Charity Auction and Gala will take place on Friday 3 June. The Gala will be a high profile gathering of distinguished business leaders and private individuals, who will help us raise the money that will restore hope to so many. A cocktail reception and silent auction will be followed by a formal dinner, entertainment and live auction. Proceeds will go towards supporting displaced communities in the Tohoku region as well as funding refugee projects around the world. For enquiries and registration, please email:

Fri. JUNE 3, 7:00 pm ~
Symphonies for Strings champagne concert, Oji Hall (Ginza)
Concert & post-performance champagne
Tickets: Group 5,500 each; Single 6,000
4-concert subscription 20,000 includes VIP seating & special benefits
Reservations (required) are accepted until one day before the event. Payment may be made by bank transfer to Mitsui-Sumitomo Bank Akasaka Branch Ordinary Account 8549626 東京シンフォニア.
Order online at, email us at, fax (03) 3588 0831, or call them at (03) 3588 0738.

Saturday June 4 5:30pm

BEC concert in aid of Japan Earthquake relief

In cooperation with Otsuma Women's University, Otsuma Junior and Senior High School

Patron: Mr. David Warren (British Ambassador to Japan)
Free admission: Donations collected, all proceeds going to Ashinaga.
Conducted by Steven Morgan
Accompanied by Mariko Sano
Guest Organist: Ernst-Erich Stender
  • Selig sind die Toten  H Schütz
  • Abendlied zur Gott  F J Haydn
  • and others
  • Kyrie & Gloria from Mass in B minor J S Bach

Friday June 10, 10:00-12noon
Women’s Program English language series: “Loss and grief”
Seminars to help women who have been through abusive relationships.
Location: Resilience Studio R (4-14-19-110A Jingumae, Shibuya-ku) (see map:
For more information, email
Fee: 2,100 yen (sliding scale available)
(A more comprehensive series of workshops and seminars are also offered in Japanese. Please contact Resilience or check website for the complete schedule.)
Upcoming topics:
- Jul. 8: tools to deal with trauma
- Aug. 12: About the abuser
- Sept. 9: Communication

Friday June 10, 6pm – 10pm
5-A-Side Charity Football, with all proceeds going to Foreign Volunteers Japan to support the Tohoku Relief Effort.
Tournament hosted and sponsored by IFG Asia Limited and Footniks.
Venue : Think Park Futsal Court, Osaki Station. Near Footniks in Osaki
Teams : 8 Teams of 5 people with subs (one female per team)
Games : Minimum 4 games for each participating team
Entry Fee : Y3,000 per player
Awards Ceremony and Prize Draw at Footniks after the Event
Prize Draw includes fabulous prizes including sports gear, meal vouchers, a case of beer and bottles of wine
Footniks will donate Y200 to FVJ for each drink purchased
Spectators very welcome

Monday, 13 June 2011, 19:00 – 23:00
Dont miss it!  Mobile Mondays
Open Mic. Talks: 19:30 – 20:00
Networking: 20:00 – Close
Venue: Biervana, Akasaka BierVana :: GMAP
Admission: Cash Donations for CCCJ
As you know it's been a most difficult and challenging time for so many people in Japan, our thoughts and prayers continue for those in the most affected areas. Sincere thanks to all, here and abroad, who have reached out with kind words and offers of support during this crisis.
Please Register in Advance
Mobile Monday Tokyo

Monday June 20, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Refugees International Japan for World Refugee Day
Refugees International Japan Student group will have a film screening and bake sale
Location: Sacred Heart International School, 4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Access info and map:
Details still to be finalised
For more information, email Kanako Kashima:

Friday July 1st, 2011 6:30pm ~ 11pm
Tickets: 15,000 yen per ticket/ 150,000 yen per table of ten
Venue: Tokyo American Club
Dress: Casual business
All proceeds from the auction go to fund the Tyler Foundation's Shine On! Tohoku Children’s Support Program.
Proudly presented by the Tyler Foundation & DHL!
Come and hear a panel of celebrated rugby experts including former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, share their views on the 2011 Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in October. There will also be an auction featuring amazing prizes such as a trip to the Dubai Sevens!
If you should have any questions or comments, please email or or call 03-4580-2770.

Friday July 8, 10:00-12noon
Women’s Program English language series: “tools to deal with trauma ”
Seminars to help women who have been through abusive relationships.
Location: Resilience Studio R (4-14-19-110A Jingumae, Shibuya-ku) (see map:
For more information, email
Fee: 2,100 yen (sliding scale available)
(A more comprehensive series of workshops and seminars are also offered in Japanese. Please contact Resilience or check website for the complete schedule.)
Upcoming topics:
- Aug. 12: About the abuser
- Sept. 9: Communication

Job opportunity at TELL:
Part time contract position at TELL to support financial tracking of our humanitarian disaster related activities. Basic book keeping and simple accounting skills required. Japanese skills helpful but not required.
Please contact Linda Semlitz, MD

For all information related to Tohoku Disaster related volunteering, monetary and materials donations – please visit my Blogs. My regular blog or the new site I created on March 14. If you have any information that would be good to share, please send it to me in Japanese or English. I hope we can make a difference together as we help support those who suffered and start the rebuilding process.

Volunteer Recruitment Started
Habitat Japan has started to recruit disaster response volunteers. The disaster response volunteers are to be involved in clean-ups of the debris and mud, demolition, and organizing the evacuees' belongings.
More info:

Disaster Response Team Started: Habitat for Humanity Japan, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, has established a Disaster Response Team to effectively take actions in response to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Continued:

TOHOKU DISASTER NEWS get more info on my personal blog:

Government’s policy towards revitalization

Guidebooks are now available, which depict a brief overview of the government’s policy towards revitalization and what victims can use as support programmes.  
The books can be downloaded on line:

Women's hotlines - for GBV, DV, and health

The purple hotline is taking call form women throughout Japan with special attention on women suffering form the disaster.  Besides Japanese, you can call in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Thai. (days and times are limited for languages other than Japanese.)
hotline numbers are listed here

Group supporting families in Tohoku needs safe spaces for women and children:

'Hahako' is a community-based group that offers pregnant women, parents, and children a safe evacuation from the disaster area. They're looking for people or groups who want to offer the victims a safe place to stay temporarily or long term--a free room or room rental, either public or private. The website is in Japanese only at the moment, but the registration form will be soon shown in English too.

Toll free legal consultations for people in the disaster areas and those directly effected.
(NOT: this is not the general consultations number!)
Supported by the Japan Bar Association

Japanese Government Announces Measures for Supporting Women and Children in Disaster-Struck Regions

In a move to prevent crime in disaster-struck regions, the government has established a working group to provide policy measures for ensuring the safety and well being of those living in these areas.
The working group released its report, “Ensuring Safety and Well-being in Disaster-Struck Regions” on April 6,
Get more information by following them on Twitter

For anyone interested in reading field reports

Peace Boat has put together a blog for volunteer stories and experiences ... some good photos too. have a look and share your org's stories!

ACCJ and Peace Boat
Coming together to help the people of Tohoku


An interesting article looking at the disaster from Philanthropy NY

Responding to 3/11: Helping with the Japan Disaster
Philanthropy NY (NY Regional Association of Grantmakers

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