Saturday, June 03, 2017

June 2017

June ~ July  2017 Tokyo Community News
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Hope you all are ready to enjoy the summer ahead. June is always a busy month. Here are a few highlights  - please scroll down for
more info on these events and more.
  • PSC will hold an event in mid-Sept on the theme of Why get involved? How can i get involved? Basic information will be out in July and details in August. email me if you are interested in getting involved.
  • Mirai no Mori has a new website and is holding a summer party on July 5
  • Activist events and tools have been added to the end of the listing.
Please share this 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 July ~ August news will come out early
in early July.

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Training programs

Temple University, Japan Campus
August weekend workshops
The Center for Artistic Activism:
A primer on Artistic Activism

Japan Fundraising Association

Nonprofit NGO community events

FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan

Mirai no Mori
Join staff and supporters for our first summer Mirai no Mori Tanabata Party: Making children's wishes come true!
Wed. July 5, at 18:30-21:00 at BNP Paribas Near Tokyo Station
Registration Deadline: June 28
Online registration form:


Refugees International Japan
Sun, Jun 18,12:00
Palace Loop Relay, Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate
Thur, Nov 9, 18:30
Light up the Life of a Refugee Child
St Mary’s International School

Seminars and public lectures

Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary
The Japanese Women Leadership Initiative empowers Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change and innovation in Japan. 
For more information visit
The Nippon Foundation and the Fish Family Foundation will host a forum in Tokyo on Monday, June 19 on the theme of Women Leading Social Change in Japan. Atsuko Fish, JWLI Founder, will speak about JWLI and her past 10-year work. JWLI Fellows, Yuka Miyzawa (2011), Yumiko Nagai (2014), and Ibuki Ozawa (2016) will share how they have applied their learning in Boston to their work in Japan.
For more details and to register for the event, please visit: (Japanese Only).

Community Theater & Arts News

Tokyo International Players
Auditions for our October 2017 main stage production, SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will take place by appointment only at Our Space in Hatagaya during the following days/times:
Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 10:00-17:00
Monday, June 19, 2017 from 17:00-22:00
An invitation only callback on Thursday, June 22, from 18:00-22:00
Find out more

Yokohama Theatre Group
Support us by becoming a patron!

Sunday, June 11, 13:00 - 19:00
Location: JDS 1F (
::Click Here:: for map)
Cost: 12,000 Yen (50% off if you sign up for the
::other class HERE:: as well)

A workshop in visual composition with the performer’s body.
Wednesdays, June 14 – July 19, 19:30 – 21:00

Location: JDS 2F (::Click Here:: for map)
Cost: 20,000 Yen

Tokyo Sinfonia in June
Brahms Serenade champagne concert
June 14 (Wed.) - Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
More Information
After a few months filled with about 10 marches, we cannot lose our energy to bring about progressive social change. We are moving towards other actions and need everyone to join the struggle against injustice.  #gimme20min today and everyday - I truly believe you can change the world with 20 minutes of concrete action each day day.

Women of the World March Tokyo – Facebook group with links to resources and weekly action items
Tokyo Advocacy Exchange - Facebook group sharing information, links and resources.

US citizens - you can contact your rep on the phone, fax and by letter
The attachment is an outline for a letter to your reps about current environment, climate and related issues. Get information on how climate change is affecting your state here…/regional-impacts/state-fact-sheet
A site for people who want to call their reps on a variety of issues. there are scripts and talking points - 100 calls in 100 days
Website with useful resources to get involved - links to groups to join, scripts for calling, links to reps and govs etc.
A great resource for those who want act with their economic power through small or large donations:
Movement 2017 - a platform for progressive donors. they feature the vetted voter organizing groups and national resistance networks.

FROM THE WOMEN'S MARCH 100 Actions over 100 Days campaign.

  #HearOurVote - register to vote now! .
UK citizens
Canada citizens
EU Citizens…/…/residence/elections-abroad/index_en.htm
US citizens

1: PLEDGE Sign the Pledge of Liberation. Encourage your friends, family, and community members to do the same.
2: PREPARE Download our Pledge of Liberation toolkit, which provides information on the different types of direct actions you can choose to engage in, and details the dos and don’ts of civil disobedience, what to do in case of an arrest, and FAQs of what to expect as a result.   Find a demonstration near you or register one of your own.
Be sure to tune in to Women’s March on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and to register for our May 5, 6pm EST, webinar on the principles of nonviolence and how to effectively and safely take part in direct action and/or civil disobedience.
3: DEMONSTRATE Hold a demonstration either inside or outside of your congressperson’s in-district office. Collectively read the Pledge of Liberation and our unity principles out loud.
Picket outside your congressperson’s in-district office.
Hold a sit-in inside your congressperson’s in-district office.


Give2Asia Foundation has initiated CSR consulting work to develop more sustainable CSR programs for international companies in Japan. The new program includes staff trainings in strategic community partnership and program development as well as matching community and nonprofit needs.  If your company is interested in finding out more. please contact either Aqeela ( or Sarajean (

Mirai no Mori
Mirai no Mori has a new and improved website:
July 5 - Summer fundraising party - Wed. July 5, at 18:30-21:00 at BNP Paribas Near Tokyo Station
Registration Deadline: June 28
Online registration form:
Please contact by email for more information:
Updates from events and Back to Nature weekends are posted on Facebook

Asian Rural Institute
The Spring 2017 issue of Take My Hand, the ARI newsletter is out and it is filled with wonderful stories of Graduates from Bhutan to Central African Republic to Japanese High School kids, all of whom have been changed filled with a commitment for service. Take My Hand Spring 2017
AN EXCITING NEW report on Rural Leaders: by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma Info in English 日本語

Other items of interest
For anyone interested in SE Asia after WWI, US policy in the region or Philippine history, I suggest you read this book => Knowledge and pacification by Prof. Reynaldo Ileto.
 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

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:
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