Saturday, March 02, 2013

March 2013 events

Saturday March 2 3:00-5:00pm
Fundraising and grant writing tips: short seminars featuring practical tips by Sarajean.
 (in Japanese)
Up to 8 people. Advance sign up required.
Contact to sign up.
Location Wesley Center, Room 201, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Map and access info:
Details will be posted here:

Sunday March 3 1:00-4:30
Women Stand up for the impending constitutional crisis
Venue: SK Plaza in Iidabashi
Fee: 1000yen
Get more information

Friday March 8 – International Women’s Day
Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. Organisations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.
The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2013 is "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”

History of International Women's Day
On February 28, 1909,the first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States.
In 1913-1914, International Women's Day also served as a mechanism for protesting World War I. Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women's Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity.
1918 – 1999: Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike.
In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day.  Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.  In adopting its resolution, the General Assembly recognized the role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women's full and equal participation.

Friday, March 8, 7:00-10:00
In honor of international women's day, FEW has moved its regular meeting days to IWD
Guest speaker: Suzanne Price of Price Global is an exciting speaker and winner of the British Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.
The details are online:
Location Wesley Center, 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Map and access info:
Cost: 3000 yen for FEW members 5000 yen for guests (women only) includes buffet dinner and drinks.
FEW monthly events are only open to women - members and nonmembers from every background and nationality. Find out more about FEW:

March 8 -10
Fundraising Japan 2013
Japan Fundraising Association annual conference
Sign up deadline: Feb 8 - limited to only 1000 people
l Sarajean will be doing an English version of her workshop on Saturday Feb. 9 contact her for more info at

March 8 - 10
WELL (Women Educators & Language Learners) Retreat
Retreat Venue
National Women’s Education Center, Musashi-Ranzan, Saitama Prefecture
Join us for a women’s weekend of learning, discussion, networking, relaxation and fun!
* Full Retreat, including accommodation fees for Friday and Saturday night: Regular price10,000 yen; student price 8,000 yen. 
* Two days with one overnight stay (either Friday evening and Saturday OR Saturday and Sunday morning): Regular  6,000 yen; student  4,000 yen. 
* One day only: Regular 2,000 yen; student 1,000 yen.
To register:  Send the information in the REGISTRATION FORM to Eriko Okanouchi at .

March 9 and 16, 10:00-17:00
Organizational Development Skills workshop
Registration deadline: March 1, limited to 15 people only so sign up now!  
To sign up, contact  Find out more
Run in workshop format, including presentation, group discussion, pairwork and simulation activities.

Saturday, March 9 6:30 pm until late!
The Pink Ball – RFTC’s annual Gala fundraiser.
Cost: ¥35,000 /seat, ¥350,000 /table (10 seats)
Place: The Westin Tokyo, 1-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku Tokyo 153-8580
Formal dress. Entertainment, silent auction, live auction and more!
Guest Auctioneers: Elio (Elio Locanda Italiana) and Sarajean (NPO queen)
Registration ends Feb 28!

Saturday March 9, 10 :0017 :35
Colloque franco-japonais à l'occasion de la journée internationale des femmes 
Comment construire une société propice à l’éducation des jeunes enfants?
Dialogue franco-japonais sur la formation de la politique familiale et le rôle du secteur associatif
Venue: Maison franco-japonaise, auditorium 3-9-25, Ebisu,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-0013,Japon
Avec traduction simultanée
Entrée libre
Inscription : contactà ajouter

Sunday, March 10, 1:00-3:00
UNWoman IWD event
Theme: African Women’s empowerment
Venue: Gender Equality Gender Yokohama
Advanced registration required
Sponsored by UN Woman Yokohama
Find out more

Monday, March 11, 2013, 6:45pm-8:45pm
 Exceptional Parenting Program TELL's forum where parents and professionals broaden their knowledge of issues related to raising and educating children with diverse needs. Next up, "Helping Children with ADHD Flourish".
Grow and Learn Together: Helping the Child with ADHD 
Presented by:  Eriko Kobayashi, Ph.D. Psychologist
Click here to download the event flier and map.

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:00
Speaker Rene Duignan, ICAS Adjunct Fellow and Economist for the Delegation of the European Union to Japan
"Saving 10,000 - Winning a War on Suicide in Japan" is a 52-minute documentary directed by TUJ ICAS Adjunct Fellow Dr. Rene Duignan. The full movie is now available on YouTube at the following link
Venue Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F

Saturday, March 16, 1:00-4:00pm
Suicide prevention workshop
Place: Wesley Center, Minami Aoyama
Target audience: General community
Suicide is an issue many of us are uncomfortable to talk about and have trouble understanding, leaving most of us with insufficient and incorrect information about the issue and how to best support those in need. You too can save a life. With over 1 million people world wide taking their own lives each year this is something everyone should know about. TELL has developed a range of workshops aimed at reducing the myths and stigmas surrounding suicide and providing skills we can all use to support someone in need.
Each workshop is 3 hrs long and provides information suitable for any one in the community.  The workshops are designed to help people become better at identifying and supporting those who are at risk. Among the things people will learn at the workshop are the common causes of suicidal behavior, warning signs of suicide, how to talk to someone who may be suicidal and how to get someone in crisis the necessary help they need.
To sign up, contact Jason Chare at

Sunday, March 17, 2013, 6:30
Where: Hatagaya Space Gamp (1 min from Hatagaya Stn)
*Take a left out of the north exit.
*Take the first right.
*Walk 1 minute, the building will be on your right.

Saturday to Wednesday, March 16 – 20, 11am to 6pm
Old Book Market event at the Nasu Seminar House.
Hundreds of novels, non-fiction, art books, foreign language books are waiting for new owners.
Why don’t you drop by and spend a relaxed day, reading in our minicafé
Venue Nasu Seminar House (329-2703. Tochigi Prefecture, Nasushiobara City, Tsukinokizawa 420-22)
To find out more contact Mr. Yamashita ( / 0287-36-3111)

Black Stripe Theater presents Howard Barker's bold and exciting 
"The Possibilities"!
March 21st ~ 24th

*March21st (Thurs) 7:00pm
*March 22nd (Fri) 7:00pm
*March 23rd  (Sat) 1:00pm & 7:00pm
*Sun March 24th 3:00 pm
Reserved tickets: 3000 yen (including one drink)
Non-reserved tickets: 3500 yen (including one drink)
Attention: The play contains nudity and themes unsuitable for children.
Book tickets by email:
Please include your name, phone number, number of tickets, and performance you would like to attend..
Note: email reservations will close 12 hours before each performance. 
To book tickets on the day, or for inquires call: 080 4184 0848
Location/Access SANGUBASI TRANCE MISSION参宮橋トランスミッション
B1 Sangubashi Guest house Yoyogi 4-50-8, Shibuyaku Tokyo,
Closest station: Sangubashi, Odakyu line
Map and link to theater site
For a map and more information about Black Stripe Theater visit our website::

Tuesday March 26th, 2013, 7:00-19:00pm 
Forum #12: Tohoku Planning Forum Event
March 11th 2013 was the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and its ensuing disasters. This will be the last in our series of regular forums. Thereafter we will continue as an 'on-demand' resource.
For this event we have a number of speakers to report on what has been achieved over this time and how this has hopefully helped the people of Tohoku. We are also asking a number of speakers to discuss what has sadly not been done, as well as work still being engaged in. 
VENUE The University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Building 14, Room 141 (1F) 
Registration It is a free but first-come-first-served

Saturday, March 30, 16:00-18:00

Lecture by a young Filipino who was a
victim of human trafficking and forced to work in cyber sex industry.

She will share her experience as well as her current life. Please register in advance.
Sponsored by Free the Children and The Wesley Foundation
To sign up,  please contact the Wesley Center:
Phone: 03-6427-4696
New Fax Number: 03-6427-4697

 Aichi Women’s Festival, Short film competition
August 31 - September 8 -Accepting entries for short films
Applications for films makers please see the site more information on the website
Apply after Feb 26


Monday, April 8, 2013
Does Japan Have a Violence Problem in Sports?
Robert Whiting, author and journalist on contemporary Japanese culture
Tamaki Masayuki, journalist, novelist, and sports and music critic
Aaron L. Miller, Assistant Professor and Hakubi Scholar, Kyoto University Graduate School of Education
Venue Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 2F

Thursday, April 11 7:00-10:00pm
FEW Monthly Meeting: Caroline Pover “Love with a Western Woman”
Caroline Pover will talk about some of her adventures in writing and publishing books and magazines. The talk will provide information and inspiration to any budding authors, editors, journalists, publishers, or entrepreneurs. She will also be selling and signing copies of her most recent book “Love with a Western woman: a guide for Japanese men,” and may be persuaded to read out a few sections. She will have just returned from spending two months in Tohoku, and will also give us an update on her activities there, including the fisherwomen on Oshika — the Pink Ladies — that FEW raised money for last year.
* FEW monthly events are only open to women – members and non-members from every background and nationality.
Location Wesley Center, 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Cost: 3000 yen for FEW members 5000 yen for guests (women only) includes buffet dinner and drinks.
* You can pay in advance via bank transfer, or pay at the door.
Email: Bethan at to secure your seat
Thursday, April 18, 2013 (Tentative)  
What Happens If Your Bilingual Child Has Language or Learning Difficulties at School?
Presented by: Helen Matsuki, Educational Consultant, Marsha Rosenberg, MA, CCC-SLP, Certified Speech and Language Pathologist, Marielle Gorissen-van Eenige, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist & Health Care Psychologist

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Opportunities: RESOURCES, Jobs, Fellowships and Volunteering
The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) seeks support for Rural Leaders Training Program 40th year anniversary assessment project
Positions available:
* Curriculum assessment
A person who knows about a rural training and such curriculum
development – we need help with the training program review and need
someone who knows about training programs and support. this would take
place in the spring and summer, but a report or draft article would
not be due until Sept.
Requirements: excellent English, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills and an interest in community development programs.
**** To apply or for more information please contact: Sarajean at
Volunteering opportunities: TVAC

ETIC Opportunities: Jobs, fellowships and internships in tohoku:

Aichi Women’s Festival, Short film competition
August 31 - September 8 -Accepting entries for short films
Applications for films makers please see the site more information on the website
Apply after Feb 26

Other events
TEDxTokyo conference on May 11th
We're gearing up for our 5th annual TEDxTokyo conference on May 11th and it’s looking to be bigger and better than ever before. It will all be happening in our new home - Tokyu's Hikarie building in Shibuya and as in previous years the event will be live streamed in both Japanese and English.
Our theme this year is '1+1=11'. Put simply, don't take things for granted, don't be constrained by traditional views. As we all know, the best TED speakers, the ones that inspire us the most are the one's that surprise, that wake us up by challenging common thinking. The aim of our event is to do exactly that.
 We need your help to make this happen:
Share Your Speaker & Performer Nominations / Introductions
Who would you like to see on stage sharing their idea worth spreading? All of the speakers and performers in the past have come from our community recommendations. Please submit your speaker recommendations online here.
New Core & In-kind Partner Nominations / Introductions
TEDxTokyo is made possible by creative Partner companies that share the spirit and principles that drive TEDxTokyo and its passionate team of volunteers. Let us know about special companies, big and small, that you think would be a great fit with the TEDxTokyo community by contacting the partner team.
TEDxTokyo is more than just a single conference – its a growing community with a number of event throughout the year.

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

Tokyo Spring is a leftwing political gathering. Tokyo Spring blogspot: Twitter: @sulejmansulejma.

Fukushima Future is a young NPO based in France also with a network in Japan. We are working for a better future in Fukushima Prefecture and the rest of Japan. Please help by joining us on Facebook at Phone: +33 (0) 6-4980-5731. Email: Twitter:

About V-day 2013
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
Today, on the planet, a billion women – one of every three women on the planet – will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated. V-Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence.

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