Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer 2017 events

Here are a few highlights of summer events - please scroll down for more info on these events and more.

  • Sunday July 23 in Yokohama a second letter writing nights kicks off Resistance Summer events. There will also be a nomunication postcard writing on Sat August 12 for Activists around this summer. Please scroll down the listing to find out more.
  • PSC will hold a skills-build forum on Sept 16 on the theme of Why get involved? How can i get involved? Details will be sent out in August. We need 4 volunteers to help on the day.
  • Mirai no Mori has an online summer camp funding campaign through July 31. An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today - July 21
Please share this with anyone who might be interested!

For the next listing - please send me info by the 20th of the month - short and simple. The September news will come out late in August and updated in Mid-September

Hope you get out to the beach some time soon,


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Training programs

Temple University, Japan Campus
August weekend workshops
August 6 10-18:00: Community Organizing for Social Change, one-day workshop. a skills-based intensive workshop based on methods used to get ordinary people involved in their communities  
Upcoming Open house/Information Sessions
  • Sept 9, 10-12noon
  • January 13, 10-12noon
Fall 2017 NGO courses now listed]

Japan Fundraising Association

Nonprofit NGO community events

FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Petit Marché Roppongi
Thursday July 27th / 12:00 - 14:00

Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Le Petit Marché in Roppongi!

Mirai no Mori
Thank you to everyone who joined the Mirai no Mori  summer party on July 5
Also support us on September 8-9, 2017 - Charity Sale: Feel Good Store by KEEN

When: September 22 (Friday), doors open 19:30, start 20:00
Where: Nagatacho GRID (map)

Details to come, but the topics
  • neurology of language disorders
  • plankton ecology
  • mystery third topic!
Price: ¥1500 on the door, includes 1 drink
Be there and be square!

Green Peace Japan
They have a number of events and timely reports about food safety, seafood sustainability, the opening of nuclear power plants in Japan
Find out more here: Japan has a lot going on!
Join this grassroots effort to protect our planet.
Find out more :

Refugees International Japan
Thursday, Sep 28th, 12:30 RIJ Lunch Club
Friday, Oct 13th19:00RIJ Great Wine Bluff
Sunday,Nov 0512:00 Palace Loop Relay Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate
Thursday, Nov 09th18:30 Light up the Life of a Refugee Child
St Mary’s International School
Friday, Dec 0119:00 F1 Race Night Oakwood Residence Lounge, Midtown Roppongi

Seminars and public lectures

Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary

Find out more:
These groups are looking or Fall/Winter Semester interns and volunteers - get more information on the links below.
Mirai no Mori
Human Rights Now! - get more information here
Peace Boat is always looking for on board volunteers. If you speak Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese or Korean, then this opportunity may be for you! Peace Boat's Global Voyages are made possible by the assistance of a dedicated team of volunteer interpreters, and we are always open to applications from talented individuals. They are now recruiting for the 96th and 97th voyages in 2018. he Volunteer Language Teacher application deadline is 17:00 JST (Japan Standard Time) on Friday, September 8, 2017. National interviews are now scheduled to be held on September 30 and October 1 (Saturday and Sunday) at the GET Office in Tokyo, Japan. Interviews for oversees applicants will be conducted via Skype between September 25-29, 2017. This page provides all the information you will need to apply.

Asian Rural Institute - ARI welcomes volunteers! You are invited to help change the world by being part of a community doing sustainable organic farming and leadership training.  You can help in many ways  such as in farming, cooking, administrative office work, the library, helping participants improve their English speaking skills, and possibly teaching.  English (and your heart) along with a good sense of humor are often how we communicate with each other at ARI. There are short term and long term volunteer positions available. At ARI, participants from Japan,  Southeast Asia, Africa, & South America will be working alongside you. It is often hard to determine who benefits most from being at ARI, so come experience ARI for yourself!

Community Theater & Arts News

Tokyo International Players
October 2017 main stage production, SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,
Find out more
Yokohama Theatre Group
Support us by becoming a patron!

Tokyo Sinfonia in June
  • August 4th, 6:30pm  Japanese Serenade Dinner Concert Foreign Correspondents' Club, Yurakucho
  • Sep. 13   チャイコフスキー セレナーデ  Tchaikovsky Serenade
  • Dec. 13   サリエリ セレナーデ  Salieri Serenade
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
More Information
We cannot lose our energy to bring about progressive social change.
Online and in person trainings
GreenPeace Canada and GreenPeace USA have a series of training programs for activists and people to new to community organizing. A great opp for people to add a bit of resistance into their summer holidays!
GPUSA is doing training programs throughout the US throughout the summer 2017 Greenpeace Summer of Resistance
GPCA has basic to detailed trainings including basic action organzning to working with the media to materials development - there is something for everyone. also has summer events. check it out:
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.  Please read about the Women's March recent letter to the NRA and actions related to gun violence in the USA. Join, set up local events or support them online
2: PLEDGE Sign the Pledge of Liberation. Encourage your friends, family, and community members to do the same.
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.
3: DEMONSTRATE in August during summer recess join local meetings or demand your congressperson’s hold one in their district.
Picket outside your congressperson’s in-district office if they refuse to hold a public meeting. Hold a sit-in inside your congressperson’s in-district office.

The Action Network has free online tools you can use:


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:
Summer 2017 Fundraising Campaign for summer  camp:

I f you’re interested in sponsoring our weekend Back to Nature programs (from 2018) contact us
Updates from events and Back to Nature weekends are posted on Facebook

Asian Rural Institute
Summer 2017 Fundraising Campaign
AN EXCITING NEW report on Rural Leaders: by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma Info in English 日本語

On a sad note ARI bid Farewell to Rev. Kenichi Otsu, Chair of ARI Board of Directors and Trustees, who passed away in the afternoon on Thursday, 22 June 2017 at the Red Cross Hospital in Otawara, Tochigi prefecture
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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