Tuesday, April 04, 2017

April 2017

April 2017 Tokyo Community News
Cherry Blossoms are finally here!!!

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Hello !

Hope you re enjoying some Hanami this week. There is so much going on this month here i am highlighting just a few of the events - please look below for
details and links.

Wed April 5 ICAS Symposium on civic action at TUJ
Mon April 10 March and Symposium commemorating the anniversary of Japanese women's suffrage
Sat April 15
Community Organizing workshop @TUJ
Sat April 15 Tokyo March For Transparency, Security, and Accountability
Sun April 16 DAJ teach-in
Thurs April 20 ARI Symposium at Sophia
Sat/Sun April 22/23  Earth Day in Yoyogi Park. 
Sat April 22 March for Science Tsukuba

Please share information far and wide with anyone who might be interested!
For the next listing - please send me info by the end of the month - please keep it short and simple. The May news will going out around the 5th

Enjoy those cherry blossoms while they last!

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Monday April 10
Towards Gender Parity 2017
Events honoring the 71st anniversary of Women's suffrage in Japan
3pm Meeting and Rally @ the Diet
7pm Symposium

Sat April 15 1:30-4:00
Tokyo March For Transparency, Security, and Accountability
This Tokyo march will be the first of hundreds of rallies taking place around the world to hold Trump accountable and demand transparency from this administration. March in support of Americans protesting on tax day in the US. From the organizers: The White House has said no one cares about the President's tax returns. Marchers will rally on the 15th to show that they do care that the President be held accountable to the American people and that Trump keep his promise to release his returns if elected.
DATE/TIME: April 15 (Sat), 1:30 - 4pm
LOCATION: Assemble in Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Sun April 16 DAJ Teach-In on the Environment
DATE/TIME: April 16 (Sun), 4:30 - 6:00
LOCATION: Wesley Center in Tokyo or WebEx from anywhere
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/279809495782145/ -

A panel of three DAJ members - a scientist, an environmental consultant, and an environmental educator living and working in Japan - will discuss environmental policy and action in a time when we are facing a US administration that denies the reality of climate change.

Sat April 22 March for Science Tsukuba
DATE/TIME: April 22 (Sat), 1pm
LOCATION: Chuo Koen, Tsukuba
DETAILS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/marchforsciencetsukuba/
One of the many sister marches around the world for the March for Science in Washington will be held in Tsukuba Science City, an hour by express train from Akihabara.

Training programs

Temple University, Japan Campus, Conted NGO Management Program.
 April 15 Community Organizing workshop
Registration deadline: April 7

Info Session  Saturday,  May 13, 10:00-12:00 (in English)
Venue:TUJ Azabu Hall (Access)

For people taking courses at TUJ Continuing Education for the first time, but anyone welcome.
Summer NGO Course - NEW COURSE! - Learning about Social Issues through Drama: Using SEVEN to understand global concerns
May through July. Registration deadline  May 21
Have a look:

The Center for Artistic Activism:
Artistic Activism Webinars:  one hour webinars on the principles of artistic activism - practical ideas you can use to develop fresh creative tactics for more effective campaigns.
Contact contact@artisticactivism.org

Nonprofit NGO community events


Mon April 10
March and Symposium comm0rating the anniversary of Japanese women's suffrage
FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
Unveiling Japan: New Themes in Travel & Tourism
Thursday April 13th / 19:00 - 22:00 / Members ¥2000 (Associates ¥1500) / Guests (Women only) ¥5000 / Students & Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes light buffet & drinks)
Get the inside scoop on tourism in Japan as Chiara Terzuolo and Rie Miyoshi, two travel industry experts, discuss how Japan is promoting tourism in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well as new business opportunities in the industry and their top picks for Golden Week.
Special Lunch Mixer in Midtown Park
Thursday April 20th / 12:00 - 14:00 / ¥1500 (for food & drinks)
Join us for delicious food and great networking over a picnic in Midtown Park on Thursday, April 20, at a special edition of our monthly midweek lunch gathering.

Refugees International Japan

May 11th, 2017
19:00 RIJ Great Beer Bluff
Brewdog http://www.brewdog.com/bars/worldwide/roppongi
May 13th, 2017
19:00 A Night in Bohemia Concert
Crawfish Akasaka http://crawfish.jp/
May 17th, 2017
12:30 RIJ Lunch Club  
May 27th, 2017
09:00 Footy Japan Charity Soccer Day
YC&AC http://www.footyjapancompetitions.com/event/charity-soccer-day-2017
Jun 18th, 2017
12:00 Palace Loop Relay
Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate
Nov 09th, 2017
18:30 Light up the Life of a Refugee Child
St Mary’s International School http://www.smis.ac.jp/

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN)
Seminars and public lectures

Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture
Reflecting on the past, Visioning a sustainable future
Date: 20 April, 2017 (Thu)
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary
Moderator:Sarajean Rossitto, Nonprofit NGO consultant
・Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director
・Steven Cutting, Graduate Impact Study Co-Coordinator Asian Rural Institute
・Bev Abma, Board Director, American Friends of the Asian Rural Institute; Emeritus Board Director, Foods Resource Bank
Commentator: Prof. David Slater, Sophia University

News, the Media, Entertainment, Information and Fakery
David Schlesinger
Date: 21 April, 2017 (Fri)
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary


Find out more: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/

Symposia 3: Wednesday, April 5 19:00-21:00
#vivalarevolucíon: New Millennium Political Protests
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Student Parliament Lounge (Access) Max 120 persons, open to the public
William Andrews (Writer and Translator)
John Russell (Professor of Anthropology, Gifu University )
David H. Slater (Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Japanese Studies and Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University)
Sarajean Rossitto, Nonprofit NGO Consultant
Moderator: Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University School of Law, Japan Campus

The Japanese Women Leadership Initiative empowers Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change and innovation in Japan.  JWLI is accepting applications for the 2017 program through May 8
Program Dates  Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Friday, November 3, 2017
Ideal Candidates Emerging women leaders of the Japanese social sector –nonprofit staff, a social entrepreneur, CSR staff of a for-profit company, or a municipal government employee
Key Qualifications
  • 5+ years of work experience
  • Clear vision for social change in Japan
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Passionate, action-oriented mindset
  • Interest to learn about leadership and management of the U.S. social sector
For more information and to apply, visit http://jwli.org.

The volunteer coordinator works with relevant committees to develop and implement a strategic volunteer management system that meets Mirai no Mori needs. The coordinator also is responsible for recruiting, scheduling, managing and acknowledging volunteers from diverse group with both English and Japanese speakers.
Assess the needs of each committee: Camp team, PR outreach, Fundraising, Program development and then
Develop a strategic volunteer management system
Compensation: Transportation costs, 850 JPY per hour ~
Dates, Days, Time:   Two days per week, starting from April for 3 months ~
LocationMirai no Mori Office and online
QualificationsGood organizational skills, good writing and research skills, hard working, computer skills, an interest in the work we do, able to work independently and take initiative
Language and communication skills:
  • Native English and conversational-level Japanese
  • Native Japanese and conversational-level English
Japan NPO Center is looking for a Part-time English speaking staff member
Below is the basic info - write to JNPOC for the the complete job description:
締切 : 適任者が見つかり次第募集を終了します。
特定非営利活動法人日本NPOセンター(担当: 土屋)
TEL 03-3510-0855 FAX 03-3510-0856
E-Mail recruit # jnpoc.ne.jp (#を@に変えてください)
Website http://www.jnpoc.ne.jp

Community Theater & Arts News

Tokyo International Players
Tickets for the May production of The Diary of Anne Frank will be available shortly.
Find out more http://tokyoplayers.com

Yokohama Theatre Group http://ytg.jp
Support us by becoming a patron! https://patreon.com/ytg

Tokyo Sinfonia in April
Alexis Vallejos (guitar) champagne concert
~ Oji Hall, Wed., Apr. 12

Special event in April **
Austrian Spring Serenade buffet-concert
Apr. 27 (Thu.) - Austrian Embassy (Moto-Azabu)
Tokyo Sinfonia in May
Hungarian Serenade dinner-concert
May 19 (Fri.) - Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)
Tokyo Sinfonia in June
Brahms Serenade champagne concert
June 14 (Wed.) - Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct tickets@tokyosinfonia.com
Peatix online http://peatix.com/event/188800
More Information http://www.tokyosinfonia.com


Mirai no Mori
Updates from back to nature weekends are posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MiraiNoMori
Mirai no Mori events
  • April 7-8 - KIWL Palace Ride
  • April 15th – Back to Nature with Intelligence
  • May 14th – KIWL Band Night
  • May 20th – Back to Nature with FEW
  • May 25th-28th – KIWL May Charity Ride
Please contact us if would like more information: info@mirai-no-mori.jp

Asian Rural Institute
ARI is recruiting Japanese students and volunteers of all nationalities for 2017. If you know now anyone who might be interested? Please share this information with them.  http://www.ari-edu.org/2016/10/20/japaneseapplicant/
AN EXCITING NEW report on Rural Leaders: by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma http://www.ari-edu.org/en/2016/11/25/en-ruralleaders/
Info in English 日本語

Other items of interest
 The JI Core 50 : A diverse group of highly skilled professionals from a wide range of industries who have all called Japan home for anywhere from a few years to a few decades.
 Learn more  http://www.jarman-international.com/about-us/ji-professional-monitors/#.WJlnKSN97Zs

For anyone working in the area of sustainability or community development: You can order Educating for Sustainability in Japan: Fostering resilient communities after the triple disaster (Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development)  on amazon:

To find out more about the status of nonprofits in Japan have a look at this in the Japan Times: Charity in Japan begins at home Domestic nonprofit organizations face a number of obstacles in their attempts to make a difference in people's lives. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2016/12/17/general/charity-japan-begins-home/#.WFZLPKJ94hs
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