Thursday, September 01, 2011

September - October 2011

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Rock Of Asia presents "Justice For Foreigners Vol 1 " Sep. 2, 2011

I got involved in this Nigerian case with false rape charge through Amnesty International activity 3 years ago. A Japanese woman claimed that she was raped by him back in 2007. Without any evidence, the police arrested him and the trial followed. The bar owner from Africa was sentenced to guilty for 3 years of this crime he did not commit. Why was his freedom taken away for 3 years ? Our society that tends to exclude a foreigner from a distant developing country, is it the issue? Is our legal system working? Is there justice ?

Location : The Pink Cow in Shibuya (1-3-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Sep. 2, 2011 Friday . Restaurant opens at 6PM. Event starts at 7PM
Free event with drink and food orders.

The Pink Cow is a restaurant / art bar located near both Shibuya and
Omotesando Stations where you can enjoy homemade international dishes, a
wide selection of wines and beers, art and music and fun events in a
relaxing setting.
organized by Nikki Matsumoto
For more information Tel : 03-5404-8475 Japan Communication International

Saturday, Sept 3, 10:00-12:00
Temple University Japan Continuing Education Dept. Open House (in English)
Courses start Sept 20
Deadline for applications: Sept 12
NGO Mgt program courses offered: NGO English, Current social issues in Japan, NGO legal issues and more!
Location and Venue access: TUJ Azabu Hall
For more information contact: Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:
To register or for more information visit the website:

September 3rd/4th (Sat/Sun), 2011

Shine On! Fuji Climb

Starting Place: Mt Fuji's 5th Station
Cost: 10,000 yen per person (includes t-shirt, accommodation and two meals)
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

September 4
Open House at Soleil Provence
French language, culture and art de vivre in Shonan
French ateliers and aperitif -- Rentrée Pétillante, a Bubbly Back-to-School Open House at Soleil Provence. More information is included in the following link:

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 7:00 -9:30
FEW monthly meeting Sept THEME:  Radiation Measurement
"FEW is the Go-To place for personal and professional learning and connections”
For our first meeting of our 30th birthday year we’re hosting a panel discussion with
Location Wesley Center, 2F 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo (map)
Cost: 3000 yen for FEW members 5000 yen for guests includes buffet dinner and drinks.
Get more info

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 4pm-6pm
Seminar: Why Are Children Sexually Vulnerable? What We Can Do Now.
Venue: The Body Shop Shinjuku, 3rd Floor, The Body Shop Room (max 30 seats)
JR Shinjuku East Exit (3-minute walk),
Tokyo Metro Shinjuku San-chome A5 Exit (1-minute walk)
Speaker: Dr. Shinya Iwamuro, Health Promotion Research Center at the
Japan Association for the Development of Community Medicine
Admission Fee: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students; please present your student ID at the door)
Registration: Please fill in the on-line form (in Japanese) at:
* Your registration will be complete when you submit the form on-line (Polaris Project will not reply to confirm your registration).
For more information, contact: Polaris Project Japan Office by E-mail:

Saturday Sept 10, 13:00- 15:00
Tsuda International Training Program: Open house/information sessions (in English and Japanese)
Classes in international development issues, project mgt and writing for NGOs   (All courses are run in English but information on program is in Japanese only.)
Courses start Sept 24
Deadline for applications: Sept 17
Find out more at or contact

Last 3 weekends of September, 10:00am ~ 11:30am (90 minutes)

Yoga in the Park

Venue: Yoyogi Park, Shibuya-ku, T0kyo
Cost: 1,000 yen per person
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

Friday Sep. 16 19:00~
BEETHOVEN SERENADE Symphonies for Strings champagne concert, Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tickets: Group 5,500 each; Single 6,000
4-event subscription 20,000 includes  priority seating & VIP benefits
Post-concert champagne reception with the Tokyo Sinfonia players and conductor in the lobby
Organized by Tokyo Sinfonia
Get more information:

Friday September 30, 2011 6:00pm ~ 9:30pm

White Hot Extravaganza

Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Cost: 30,000 yen per person
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

October Events
Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 10am – 5pm
2011 theme "Bonds: The world with Japan. Japan with the world.”
meet people from many NGOs, international development agencies and embassies while enjoying a bit of chicken curry!
Place: Hibya Park, Tokyo
Find out more (no English page this year)

Sunday, October 2, Fall Beach Cleanup
Fujisawa Beach Cleaning Project Fall Campaign
This is the annual International Coastal Cleanup initiative in Fujisawa. Individual and corporate donations, especially for food and beverage, are always appreciated. We know that this year has been very different in many ways. Nevertheless, we look forward to welcoming you as usual. If you have not already done so, please let us know if you still plan to participate. For more information about what's involved, please take a look at the brochure that was kindly made by PWR New Media
Fujisawa Beach Cleaning Project
Japan Times article

October 11, 2011
"The Biggest Networking Night Of The Year"
Location 57-Fifty Seven.
Join the brightest and most connected business professionals, business owners, investors and entrepreneurs in Tokyo. Come prepared to network, create opportunities, expand your contacts and do business at this invite-only once a year event. Happy hour specials on hors d'oeuvres plus discounted drinks. Sponsored by The Chocolate Business Cards. Brought to you by Germaine Moody Events,
To Pre-Register for this event, visit the website:

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 7:00 -9:30
FEW monthly meeting
"FEW is the Go-To place for personal and professional learning and connections”
For our first meeting of our 30th birthday year we’re hosting a panel discussion with
Location Wesley Center, 2F 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo (map)
Cost: 3000 yen for FEW members 5000 yen for guests includes buffet dinner and drinks.
Get more info

November events
Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:30 – 4:00
A Day at Atsugi - Golf Tournament co-organized by the Mustangs and Santa fe Relocation services on behalf of Run for the Cure® Foundation.
Place: Atsugi Golf Club. Naval Air Station, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
Enjoy this top-notch golf course at the Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The tournament consists of a scramble format, with a shotgun tee-off at 9am. This year we will continue the fine tradition of the Pink Ball CHALLENGE, as an added competition and the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes.
To refresh yourself after the thrills on the course, we’ll be having lunch at the NAF Atsugi Golf Course Restaurant with its sumptuous cuisine, while enjoying a breathtaking view of the 18th hole.
7:30am – 8:30am Registration and Buffet Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am Photo and Review of Rules
9:00am                     Shot gun start
2:00pm – 4:00pm Lunch Buffet and Awards
 Cost: ¥25,000 per person covers green fees and golf cart, and comes with omiyage bag and golf T-shirt, along with breakfast and lunch. Participation in the $1 million hole-in-one contest, and $10,000 putting contest are included. Plus various fun events throughout the round and great raffle prizes make for a memorable day at Atsugi!
To sign-up, please visit to download the Registration Form (pdf), fill it in and fax it to 03-5447-8832, or send to the Foundation as an attachment by email at

Tuesday, November 8
Polaris Project will host our first-ever international symposium on human trafficking. The symposium will provide a forum in which experts and officials from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States can intensively dicuss their experiences with existing anti-human trafficking measures and programs. We hope to reinvigorate the discussions on combating human trafficking in Japan, and to empower government officials, NGOs, and citizens to re-think our approaches to this issue.
The symposium will feature keynote speeches followed by a panel discussion, which will be open to the public. In the late afternoon, there will be a closed session to allow Japanese officials and experts to be able to discuss issues in more depth.
The final guest list is being confirmed now, but look out for details on our website and in the Polaris Post! For more information, contact: Polaris Project Japan Office by E-mail:

Nov 12-13 National Volunteer Festival in Tokyo
Sponsored by TVAC

November 19th: 2nd Annual Beaujolais for Books
The 2nd annual Beaujolais for Books event is on the evening of November 19th. It's a fundraising fete held at Soleil Provence in association with Shonan chapter of Room to Read , an NGO specializing in literacy and girl's education.
Please do join us if you can for French workshops, bubbles and Beaujolais by the beach.
And as always, please share the contents of this entire message with your friends and colleagues.

Saturday November 26th, 9:00-11:00
Run for Cure / Walk for life
Location: Hibiya Park Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hibiya Park Service cntre: 03-3501-6428
 Meeting Place: Hibiya Park Fountain Area Course:
Around Imperial Palace
Registration Fee: Adult / ¥5,000 12 years under / ¥2,500 under 5 / Free
Get details here:

Polaris Project Japan, Program Officer
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Degree Preferred: MA; BA required
Complete details

Multi Cultural Center Tokyo has one open position currently: Education support program staff
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am ~ 9pm (usually 3 nights per week), contract initially until March 2012 

Human Rights now! Has an opening for an administrative staff person to help with the Tohoku legal aid project. First contract 6 months with potential to renew. Find more about the organization and the position by visiting their website:

Lots of Jobs, internship and volunteer opportunities are found on the JANIC site

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.


The Guardian has a good series on Japan from the past 6 months

Peace Boat has some good reports from the field including a then and now page