Sunday, June 03, 2012

June - July 2012 events

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Friday, June 1, 2012, 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
THEME: A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs
Published by Routledge (Edited by Roger Goodman, Yuki Imoto and Tuukka Toivonen)
Speaker: Yuki Imoto, Tuukka Toivonen, & Sachiko Horiguchi
Discussant: Kyle Cleveland
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212/213
Fee: Free (Open to general public)
Registration:*If you RSVP you are automatically registered.
Organized by TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Sunday, June 3
JAMBO Chichibu Hiking - Waterfall and Scenic Experience
(Participation Fee 1000 yen) (Cancelled in case of rain)   Meeting Time & Place: 10:30AM at Nishi Agano Station’s ticket gate Take the Seibu Ikebukuro Line Express train from Ikebukuro Station at 9:04AM.  This arrives at Hanno Station (the final destination) at 10:00AM.  Change here to the Seibu Chichibu Line (which leaves at 10:04 just across the platform) and get off at Nishi  Agano Station (arriving at 10:29AM).  (Definitely arrive at this time!) The train costs ¥610.   Meet on the front of the 9:04 Seibu Ikebukuro Line train at Ikebukuro if you want to go from there there.
Hiking Course:  Nishi Agano Station - Ogi no Daira - Shirataki Waterfall - Fudou Waterfall - Big Waterfall - Nishi Agano Station  The hiking time is about 5 hours.   Please bring your lunch and drink.
If you have any questions, call or fax David at 03-6659-8112. Or email For more information visit the JAMBO Homepage -

Friday, June 8, 2012, 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
THEME: The Future of Finance in Japan post Olympus
Speaker: Tony Miller
Discussant: Robert Dujarric
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212/213
Fee: Free (Open to general public)
Registration:*If you RSVP you are automatically registered.
Organized by TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Co-sponsored by Democrats Abroad Japan

Friday, June 8, 21:00
Eco Talk show w/ free Organic food
+ Music, art and DJ Contest
* all funds go to protect the nature in Patagonia 
Entrance: 3000 yen or 2500 w/ discount
RSVP by email:
For more info: 

Fri., June 8, and Sat., June 9, 
 Symposium  "After Katrina and 3.11: Representation, Politics, Culture" 
@ Sophia University in Yotsuya 
Experts discuss the Katrina disaster in New Orleans and some of the ways in which Katrina research could prove useful for Japan. 
Symposium on 3/11 and Katrina: When Japan was hit by an earthquake and devastating tsunami last year, people all over the world looked on in horror. But for people in New Orleans, the pictures from Japan must have felt like deja vu of their own disaster, Hurricane Katrina, which flooded the entire city back in 2005. 
The symposium will be conducted in English. 
The Saturday session will also offer simultaneous Japanese translation. All events are free and open to the public. 
For map or more info, please visit or call (03) 3238-3539

Sunday June 10, 1:00 – 5:00
Gender in disaster and recovery; Panel discussion featuring women with experience in the filed
Cost: 500 yen
Venue: Bunkyo Grad School, Hongo campus bldg 4, room B406
Please RSVP
For more information, visit:
Organized by Tohoku Disaster Women’s Support Network

Wednesday June 13, 7:00
Symphonies for Strings champagne concert, Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tickets: Group 5,500 each; Single 6,000
Tombeau de Couperin • Valses Nobles et Sentimentales • Symphony for Strings: Scheherazade
For Tickets or more Information contact or visit

Wednesday, June 13 2012 Time: 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Is Ethical Consumption Going to Change Japan? 
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 502/503
Speaker: Florian Kohlbacher, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo
Moderator: William Swinton, Director, International Business Studies, TUJ
Admission: Free (Open to general public)
*If you RSVP you are automatically registered.  If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7:00-10:00
FEW Monthly Meeting – Red Carpet Panel – Women who Entertain us!
Doors open at 7PM for drinks, food and networking, Speaker begins promptly at 7:30 and ends at 10:00pm
Location: Wesley Center, Minami Aoyama, 2nd floor
6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: 3000 yen for FEW members, 5000 yen for guests includes buffet dinner and drinks
For more information, visit:

Saturday June 16, 2:30 – 5:30
Women in International development: Panel discussion featuring women with experience in the field
Followed by a film on Jody Williams and the Ban Land Mine campaign
Cost: free
Venue: UNU in the Omotesando area
Please RSVP
For more information, visit:
Organized by AAR

Saturday, June 16
JAMBO Spirit in Action Group (in English) 7:00 - 9:00PM (in English)(FREE)
Meeting Place and Time: 6:45PM Exit A2 of MinamiSunachi Station (on the Tozai Line) 7:00 - 9:00PM - Discussion of Chapter 2 and how to implement these ideas in our everyday lives.
This course uses materials from the PEERS Transformation Course.  This course, as well as our monthly meetings, discuss a current topic and various ways action can be taken to deal with the issue.  Please look at the above links to see the contents and level of difficulty. 
While anyone is welcome, it is suggested that you understand the contents of the material and prepare beforehand to have deep conversation in English.
If you have any questions, call or fax David at 03-6659-8112. Or email For more information visit the
JAMBO Homepage -

Sunday, June 17 
JAMBO Ootsuki (Cliff) Hiking Course (Intermediate Course) (1000 yen Participation Fee) (Cancelled if rain)
Ootsuki Station - Mt. Iwadono - Chigootoshi Cliffs - Ootsuki Station   Take the Keio Line at 9:20AM from Shinjuku Station(going towards Kitano). Change at Kitano (arriving at 9:59, cross the platform and get on the 10:00 train going towards Takaosanguchi) and go to Takao station, arriving at 10:11AM. Change at Takao Station to the Chuo Line.  Take the 10:17AM train going towards Ootsuki and get off at Ootsuki Station, arriving at 10:54AM.  Using these trains, the total cost comes to 920 yen.   Meeting Place/Time: Ootsuki Station (Chuo Line) Ticket Gate 11:00AM (If you’re going from Shinjuku Station, we will meet on the front car of the Keio Line train at 9:20) Walking time: about 4 hours.Please wear appropriate shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots), bring a lunch to eat on the mountain, and plenty of liquids. The cliffs on this hike are especially spectacular!!!  
If you have any questions, call or fax David at 03-6659-8112. Or email For more information visit the JAMBO Homepage -

Monday, June 18, 2012 7:00-10:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
The outlook of Japan and China relations in the future.
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 502/503
Speaker:  Kiyohiko Toyama
Moderator: Robert Dujarric 
Admission: Free (Open to general public)

Sunday, June 24, 2012 12:30pm - 3:00
FEW Spring Brunch “Champagne Brunch at Trader Vics
Cost ¥6,600 per head

Sunday, June 24
JAMBO Zushi - Kamakura Hike & Beach Fun! 
 (Participation Fee 1000 yen)(Easy Course) (We will go even if it rains) HALF NEW!
Meet at the east ticket gate of Zushi Station (on the Yokosuka Line) at 12:00 noon. From Yokohama Station, take the 11:24AM Yokosuka Line train (towards Zushi). This arrives at Zushi at 11:58AM.
Hiking Course  - Zushi Station - Iwadono Temple - Panarama Viewpoint - Mt. Kinubari - Old Pilgrimage Hiking Road - Hokukuji Temple - Gionyama Hiking Course -Yuigahama Beach (Beach fun, Swim, Sunset?) - Kamakura Station. Please look at this HP for some of the places on this course:
If you have any questions, call or fax David at 03-6659-8112. Or email For more information visit the JAMBO Homepage -

Monday, June 25, 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
TUJ SERIES Shigeo Abe of FACTA: Justice and Corporate Japan
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita 502&503
Speaker:  Shigeo Abe, Editor–in-Chief, FACTA Weekly
Moderator:Robert Dujarric Director of ICAS
Admission: Free (Open to general public)

Friday, June 29, 2012 7:00p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30p.m.)
Richard Katz: Noda's mistaken economic priorities
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 502/503
Speaker:  Richard Katz, Editor of The Oriental Economist Report
Moderator: Robert Dujarric Director of ICAS
Admission: Free (Open to general public)

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July events
July 5-8 Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances @ 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 2:30p.m.
Black Stripe Theater Presents Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9
Director: Andrew Robinson
Sexual taboos, old fashioned values, parenting, racism, manliness, sexism, gender identity, guns, patriotism, sacrifice, and war all get questioned in this modern classic about family and society.
* Note: appropriate for children.
Theater: Tiny Alice
Location/Access: Closest station Shinjuku 3chome station (Marunouchi, Shinjuku and Futoshin Lines, Closest Exits C5 and C8)
Ticket prices: ¥2,500 advanced, ¥3,000 on the door
Book tickets by email:
For more information:

Sunday July 29, 10:00- 5:00
Education for Social Justice workshop
Application deadline July 20
For more information:


Friday, August 3, 6:30pm
Austrian Serenade
Symphony "Le Soir" (Haydn) • Arpeggione Concerto for Violoncello & Strings (Schubert) • Serenata Notturno (Mozart)
For Tickets or more Information contact or visit

Saturday, August 4, 10:00- 5:00
Grant proposal writing workshopFOR NGOs
Application deadline July 28
Location: TUJ, Azabu Hall
For more information contact TUJ Continuing Education Program
E-Mail: Tel: 03-5441-9864
Get more information:

Saturday, August 11, 10:00- 5:00
Volunteer Management
Application deadline August 1
Location: TUJ, Azabu Hall
For more information contact TUJ Continuing Education Program
E-Mail: Tel: 03-5441-9864
Get more information:

AUGUST 11-19, 2012 * JAPAN
Educating for human security and survival:  emergencies in ecology, energy, economy
APPLICATION deadline – rolling, until filled so sign up now!
$750 USD - International Participants  (includes Aug. 11 overnight stay in Tokyo hotel plus 2 additional meals)
$650 USD - Japanese/Local Participants (local participants will join international participants on the morning of Aug. 12) For more information contact
Organized in partnership with the National Peace Academy (home of the IIPE secretariat) and the Global Campaign for Peace Education Japan (GCPEJ) cooperating witha consortium of other national organizations invested in furthering peace education in Japan including the Society for Building a Culture of Peace.

Saturdays, August 18 and August 25, 10:00- 5:00
Project Management workshop
Application deadline August 10
For more information contact

Thursday, Sept 13, 7:00pm
Mendelssohn Serenade
Venue: Oji Hall (Ginza)
All Mendelssohn programme: Overture in C Major • Concerto for Violin, Piano & Strings in D Minor • Symphony for Strings in D Major
For Tickets or more Information contact or visit

Other events

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)’s upcoming events

Information Sessions:,
Continuing Education – September 8. For details, please visit
Public lectures: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) hosts more than 40 lectures and symposiums each year.!/events/169541519824379/
Temple University:

Opportunities: Jobs, Fellowships and Volunteering

Peace Boat Appeal for Volunteers
Peace Boat has been supporting the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Ishinomaki since March 17. We have made a long term commitment to the community, and we are continuing to aid recovery through a variety of projects. We are appealing for Japanese-speaking volunteers in particular to help with our psychosocial care projects in the Temporary Housing Complexes. We are also appealing for English-speaking volunteers to help on other projects running in the area. Please contact for more information, or visit

Habitat for Humanity Tohoku Tsunami Relief in Miyagi
Recruitment for Tohoku volunteers. The minimum commitment is for 1 day and no special skills or experience are necessary! We are looking forward to working with many of you.
*Locations: Ishinomaki city and Higashi Matsushima city, Miyagi.
*Tasks: Cleaning private houses, public and community buildings and etc.
*Schedule: Volunteer days are open throughout the month.
For further information please contact

Job, internship and volunteer opportunities on the JANIC site:
Volunteering opportunities: TVAC

Short film competition: Share your story about how 3/11 changed your life and win prizes at the SOS — Sound of Sirens short film festival. Shoot a movie up to seven minutes long on your cellphone or digital camera and upload it at Deadline: June 11

Writers conference proposals sought: This year the Japan Writers Conference returns to Kyoto and the beautiful Imadegawa campus of Doshisha Women's College. It will take place Sat., Nov. 10, and Sun., Nov. 11. All published writers, translators, editors, agents and publishers who would like to lead a session are invited to submit proposals by Fri. June 1. Please see our website for details:

Music funds for Tohoku schools:  funds available for Japanese schools and music programs! Relief International, an international humanitarian NPO based in Los Angeles, is offering up to $5,000 to schools in Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi to support the recovery of their music programs through the collaborative "Jam 4 Japan" Music Education Grant. Please visit the website ( to learn more about this project. Email

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN) gets together once a month in Kanda to discuss human rights issues. Join us for information, action and fun. See for directions and call (090) 4744-7111 with any queries

Fundraisers wanted: To help the homeless of Tokyo, we'll be collecting funds and providing services around the city. Train fare contributions and snacks provided to participants if needed. For those who cannot participate, we are providing telephone English conversation lessons where 30% of the fees will be donated to the homeless. See or call Chris on (080) 3219 1997 for more information

Stop Nukes Japan: APC Japan (an NGO in Japan working with two major national networks and social movements) provides relevant information to the world in English, and has set up a joint project, Stop Nukes Japan, on Twitter at It includes information in English from Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, Green Action, Friends of the Earth, Japan, NINDJA (Network for Indonesian Democracy, Japan), No Nukes Asia Forum, Japan, The Takagi Fund for Citizen Science, Alternative People's Linkage in Asia (APLA). Updates on the Fukushima nuclear crisis can be found at

International societies: Inexpensive Japanese language classes, international events and free consultations (legal, doctor info., etc.) — local government-supported NPOs ("international societies") throughout Japan offer these services. For details, see

Wine-tasting club: Monthly meeting to learn about wines with a native teacher and enjoy a gourmet dinner in a nice restaurant. Lesson includes learning about wine-making, production, grape varieties and how to coordinate with food. You will taste five kinds of wines with your French dinner. Mail

English-speaking women's group: College Women's Association of Japan (CWAJ) is an organization for women committed to education, cross-cultural exchange and friendship. CWAJ holds monthly luncheons with interesting speakers and has several special interests groups such as hiking, Japanese conversation, trips and tours, music and ceramics. It's a great way to meet new people and become involved! See

The Japan African-American Friendship Association (JAFA) is a group with chapters located in both Tokyo and Osaka that promotes educational and cultural exchange activities between Japanese people and African-Americans. For more info, check out

Animal welfare/rights: choicesfortomorrow. org is a site with comprehensive information in Japanese and English about animal welfare and animal rights. Choices for Tomorrow strives for a cruelty-free lifestyle and aims to provide beneficial content for you. We would like many people to know about the current condition that animals are facing every day. Please check out and mail inquiries to

We Are One Japan is a voluntary event-organizing group that connects internationally minded individuals in the Kansai area through a wide range of smoke-free events and activities. Visit their website at Email:

Kobe Club is a nonprofit, private-membership club serving Kansai's international community. Featuring fine dining and a wide range of events and activities, it is a center of social, cultural and family life for the transient and long-term expatriate as well as the internationally minded local resident. Email or check out
Bridges is a year-round program for non-Japanese who want to experience Japan, offering monthly events covering a wide range of subjects. With programs that include Japanese language education and development of international volunteers, the Osaka YWCA runs Bridges and has centers in Umeda and Kita Senri. Email or please visit

Chubu Philippine Friendship Association: CPFA is a volunteer group mainly for Filipinos living in the Chubu area. Founded in 1981, it fosters cooperation and networking between Filipinos and Japanese with the support from people of all nationalities. Visit or for more info

FEW Kansai is a networking organization for foreign women in Japan. Dinner meetings feature a variety of guest speakers, usually held at the Hilton Hotel Osaka in Umeda on the last Thursday of each month. The organization also organizes monthly events that provide professional and personal support. Email or visit

The New JAMBO: The main purpose in making new changes for JAMBO is to move it towards becoming a more sustainable organization.  As of early 2012, JAMBO has become an official nonprofit in the US. 
JAMBO FACEBOOK Information & Pictures -
Check out the JAMBO Homepage

TUJ Newsletter for May 2012 - updated with Sarajean's interview.

Japan Red Cross Society Reports on Tohoku
12 month report on Tohoku - in Japanese
in English

UNU report on Tohoku

Japan-UNESCO/UNU Symposium on The Great East Japan Tsunami on 11 March 2011 and Tsunami Warning Systems; 16-17 February 2012; Symposium Statement and Proceedings

The symposium proceedings (130 Mbytes) can be downloaded as one file from  . The individual documents from the symposium can also be downloaded from the same web-site.

Give2Asia reports

Annual Report Now Available

Give2Asia networks philanthropy together with Asia's incredibly diverse community of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and charitable institutions. Our 2011 Annual Report, which is now available online, captures this diversity and the engagement of international donors seeking to improve life in Asia. You can read our full Annual Report by clicking here.

Tohoku Disaster One-Anniversary Project Report for Donors

Our anniversary report on projects undertaken during the first year details Give2Asia’s partnerships and results in response to the Tohoku disaster.

Human trafficking statistics for Japan
Polaris Project Japan shares info on Human trafficking statistics - Fiscal Year 2011
The National Police Agency of Japan has released the statistics related to human trafficking. Unfortunately, the official statistics show just the tip of the iceberg. Polaris Japan's hotline received 381 cases in 2011. (in Japanese)
- Police agencies in Japan dealt with 25 cases of human trafficking.  The number of victims was 25, and there were 33 perpetrators. The number of victims decreased from 2010, but the number of cases and perpetrators increased.  Of 25 victims, Thai nationals were the majority (12 people).  Though they are not classified as trafficking cases in Japan, sexual exploitation of children under 18 is considered human trafficking even if it is unforced according to international treaties:  (in Japanese)
- Number of cases originated from dating websites was 1,004, 2.0% decrease from 2010. Victims under 18 years old: 282, an 11.0% increase from the previous year. The majority of the cases were child prostitution, with 160 victims
 (56.7% of the total).
- Number of cases originated from online communities (such as SNS) was 1,421, 7.8% decrease from 2010. Victims under 18 years old were 1,085, 12.4% decrease from 2010. The majority of cases were Prefectural Ordinance of Juvenile Protection violations (including sexual acts with youth), with 637 victims  (58.7% of the total).