Monday, May 06, 2013

May 2013 Events

Sat, May 04, 2013 9:00am-12:00pm
14th Annual TELL Charity Walk & Runathon
Place: Imperial Palace (starting point TBD)
he 14th Annual TELL (Tokyo English Life Line) Charity Walk & Runathon is sure to be a great day for all on Saturday, May 4th, 2013. Whether you are a competitive runner, enjoy a stroll in the park, or just want to enjoy the great mix of people in one of Tokyo’s best green spaces, the TELL Charity Walk & Runathon is sure to please.
Challenge yourself to the 10km or 5km Run, or stop to smell the roses on the 5km Walk. There are great prizes for winning runners. Also, the first 800 participants to arrive on the day receive an official T-shirt.
Register through Sports Entry (日本語でのエントリー・グループ申込可)
Register through Runnet (日本語でのエントリー)
Pre-register before April 24 for ¥3500, or turn up on the day to register by paying a ¥4500 donation. All proceeds go to ensure TELL, an accredited non-profit organization, can continue providing confidential support and western-style counseling to the international and Japanese community, as it has been doing for 40 years.

TUESDAY May 7, 2013 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Asian American Journalists Association presents
“ LOOKING AT FUKUSHIMA: An Evening with Hiromichi Ugaya,” a talk, photo slideshow and discussion session with a veteran journalist documenting a post-nuclear disaster landscape.
THE PINK COW in a new location:
5-5-1 Roppongi Minatoku Tokyo Roi Building B1F
2,500 yen for a Great Buffet Dinner is the only charge. Drinks pay as you go at the bar.
Come on time to catch a musical performance opening the event. Musicians and poets welcome for Jam Open Mike to close the event.
Hiromichi “Hiro” UGAYA is a journalist, photographer and educator, who has devoted his life to intensive coverage of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and the plight of the tens of thousands of people the accident has displaced. His latest book "Fukushima's Lost Seasons" is a poetic photo essay of the serene flowers and trees of the region that have been invisibly devastated by radiation.
For more info see the event site on Facebook!/hiromichiugaya?fref=ts
RSVP to Yuri Kageyama, by email or Twitter @yurikageyama

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m
“Developments in Ethical Rules and Responsibilities” International and Multijurisdictional Practice in the Electronic Age
Speaker Kelly Knepper-Stephens, Adjunct Professor at TUJ
Temple Law Japan is honored to present Ms. Kelly Knepper-Stephens as a special guest speaker for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic “Developments in Ethical Rules and Responsibilities”. This 2-hour CLE course will focus on recent developments in ethical rules and responsibilities that impact your practice
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 4F, Access:
Find out more: Temple Law School Japan Campus Program

Thursday May 9, 7:00-10:00pm
FEW Monthly Meeting: Spice up your Life!
Main speaker: Yukiko Matano Gray, President and Founder, Spice Rack
Featuring Spices from Women’s Entrepreneur Group ‘Spice Rack’
* Maïa Manigilier, Creative Director exprime / maiagonomi
* Sonoko Ishii, Jewelry Designer, snowcone and vamp.
Location: Wesley Center, 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Fee: Members ¥3,000  Guests (women only)  ¥5,000 – includes Drinks and dinner buffet
RSVP: Please be sure to email Bethan at to secure your seat!
FEW monthly events are only open to women – members and non-members from every background and nationality.
Find out more about this event and FEW:

Friday, May 10 from 7:00 p.m
Showing of “Bully”, a 2011 documentary film about the lives of five U.S. students who face bullying on a daily basis, directed by Lee Hirsch, at the Wesley Center in Minami Aoyama.
This film is highly relevant to Japan. In 2012 an anti-bullying task force was created and the Japan education ministry announced plans to conduct an emergency survey of all elementary, junior high and high schools in Japan next month in an attempt to draw up appropriate prevention measures for bullying and the terrible toll it takes including youth suicide. BULLY sparked a national social action campaign called the Bully Project to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. Their goal is to reach 1 million kids or more, causing a tipping point that ends bullying in America. Japan deserves no less.
Following the screening of the film, a discussion on the film will be moderated by TELL Counseling Center psychotherapist Vicky Skorji and TELL intern Mica Henderson.
There is a suggested donation of ¥1,000. Please RSVP to

Sunday, May 12
Animal Walk Tokyo (AWT)
Sanpo in the Park, Charity Event for Animals
Location and Venue access details: Yoyogi Park (meeting point can be found on the homepage below)
Participation fee: 2,500 yen (100% to be donated to the 3 animal shelters we are supporting)
Registration info (where applicable):
Please see the homepage or Facebook page (below)
For more information contact: Brandy Heyde Montague (
Coordinating organization: Animal Walk Tokyo (AWT)
URL for event and/or org: 

Thursday – Saturday, May 16 - 18
WIN - Women's International Conference in Japan
Women are initiating, leading and creating the future of initiatives and organisations across different fields, industries, companies, communities and nations. Come and explore with us how women can take a bolder next step in creating a thriving Japan. We will look at how to accelerate the journey, create optimal work-life balance, make it easier, grow skills and confidence and become feminine, authentic and global leaders.  The event will give you inspiration, knowledge, practical tools and contacts to help you succeed and prepare for the future.
FEW members get 10,000yen off!
WIN is: WIN® Women’s International Networking, is an independent global leadership organization inspiring women worldwide. A pioneer in the field, WIN develops, empowers and connects leaders with a feminine, authentic and global vision. It is a reference for aware women and conscious men working internationally and worldclass companies active in women’s leadership and diversity & inclusion. It runs the women’s preferred global leadership forum, the WINConference, the WINCorporate Network Group, the WIN Development Fund and the WINCommunity.

Tuesday May 21, 2013 19:00 - 21:00
Small is Great IV - Aimed at creating an open platform for SMEs and entrepreneurs to build networks and leverage success stories, on the evening of
Location:  Oakwood, Roppongi Midtown.
Member Cost: ¥4,000 / Non-Members Cost: ¥6,000

Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:00-9:300
The LDP's Constitutional Revisions: Turning Back the Clock?
The LDP Proposes Constitutional Changes to Tighten Government Control Over the People  --
Will July Elections Give the Party Power to Act?
Venue:  Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212-213
Speakers: Lawrence Repeta is Professor at Meiji University Faculty of Law
(and former director of the Temple University School of Law, Tokyo Campus).
Masako Kamiya is Professor of Law at Gakushuin University and Representative Director of the Japan Civil Liberties Union.
Yoichi Kitamura is Representative Director of the Japan Civil Liberties Union and co-counsel in many noteworthy cases, including litigation that led to the historic 2005 Supreme Court decision that found the Diet in violation of the Constitution for failing to adopt adequate voting procedures for Japanese who reside abroad.
Moderator: Thomas J. Dreves, General Counsel and Assistant Professor of Law
at TUJ
Admission: Free. Open to public.
Seating is limited, so please RSVP promptly

Friday May 24
Refugees International Japan upcoming eventExecutive Fight Night at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
All proceeds from the auction and raffle will go directly to Refugees International Japan.
Donations for prizes and volunteers to help on the night are still needed
For more details:

Monday, May 27, 12:00 to 17:30
US- Japan Council-ACCJ Women in Business Summit 
At the Tokyo American Club.
Fees: 5000yen for nonmembers. 3000yen for ACCJ members
As a cooperating organization, FEW members will pay a registration fee of only 3,000 yen rather than the non-member fee of 5,000 yen.
Registration and payment will be required by May 9.
To sign up at the FEW member discount rate: sign up and pay at the May 9 monthly meeting.
Find out more:

Tuesday, May 28: USJC Symposium (2:00 – 5:30pm), followed by a reception (5:45-7:30pm)
Venue: Roppongi Academy Hills

The Next Generation: Investing in the Future of Japan and the U.S.
The symposium will convene business and public sector leaders for an afternoon of keynote speeches, a panel session and a special tribute to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye followed by a reception.

May 7- 28
The Foundation center presents A Series of Four Webinars
Outcome Thinking and Management
Learn to shift your nonprofit organization's focus and communication tactics from project activities to outcomes. This course is offered in partnership with the Center for What Works at the Rensselaerville Institute.
Register Now for the Complete Series and Save Over $80!

Outcomes, outcome thinking, outcome management—these are no longer just buzzwords, but they can still make your head spin. This session will help you make sense of it all.
Start down the road of real learning by crafting and implementing an outcome management prototype.
Learn how to define and verify success and how to gather the evidence you need to show you've achieved it.
Gain insights and tools for using the different types of data generated in an outcome framework.

Heads up! More events coming up this summer!

Thursday June 13, 7:00-10:00pm
FEW Monthly Meeting
Guest Speaker – Debbie Howard, CarterJMRN KK
Theme: Japanese Consumerism and Innovation – Key Trends for the Future
Location: Wesley Center, 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Fee: Members ¥3,000 and Guests ¥5,000 – includes Drinks and dinner buffet
RSVP: Please be sure to email Bethan at to secure your seat!
* You can pay in advance via bank transfer, or pay at the door.
FEW monthly events are only open to women - members and nonmembers from every background and nationality. Find out more about this event and FEW:

Thursday July 11 7:00-10:00pm
FEW Monthly Meeting
Theme: Convincing people to do what you want.
Speaker - Sarah Hall, ToysRUs
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
Map and access info:
Cost: 3000 yen for FEW members 5000 yen for guests  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
FEW monthly events are only open to women - members and nonmembers from every background and nationality. Find out more about FEW:

Opportunities: RESOURCES, Jobs, Fellowships and Volunteering
Now Available: The Foundation Directory, 2013 Edition!

Call for Proposals:
EFL Teacher Journeys Conference June 16th, 2013
Teachers College Columbia University Japan Alumni Association and the JALT Teacher Education and Development (TED) special interest group (sig) are accepting presentation proposals for our upcoming EFL Teacher Journeys conference. This year fs conference theme will be Transformations in EFL Teaching.
The deadline for abstracts will be Monday, May 13, 2013.
For more information please visit the conference website at:

Volunteering opportunities: TVAC

ETIC Opportunities: Jobs, fellowships and internships in tohoku:

Other groups and events
TEDxTokyo conference on May 11th

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:

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

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