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April / May  2018 Tokyo Community News
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Happy April!

Here I would like to highlight 3 big events coming up soon
more info is below and details can be found in the links below
From May I will have a Community Page in Metropolis - This will include  nonprofit events as well as cultural, embassy, school and other group information. I will highlight a few events for print each month and other info will go online. Please send me your information by the fifth of the month.
  • May 5 =>  May/June TCN, for June print publication
  • June 5 => June/July TCN, for July print publication
Send the Info below to rose.ito (at) gmail (dot) com 
  • Title of event or job or volunteering opportunity
  • Date / time
  • Venue + Access to venue - info or link
  • 2-3 line description
  • Org Link + event or registration link
  • Deadline (if applicable)
  • Cost (if applicable)
  • For more information, contact: (email and phone?)
Please share this events listing with anyone who might be interested!
Best regards,
Facebook group with links to resources and weekly action items
Women of the World March Tokyo
The online version :

April highlights

April 21-22 Italia Amore Mio Festival
Two days of Italian music, drink, food, performances and presentations. Sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce - get information all the events here:

Sunday April 29 - The Jarman Charity Cup - Golf Tournament & Fundraiser
Registration closes April 10
Proceeds benefit Mirai no Mori, which empowers neglected Abused and orphaned youth in Japan
Organized by Jarman International & hosted by EastWood Country Club.
Price: ¥16,000 JPY (¥4,000 of which will be donated to Mirai No Mori)
Pre-payment via bank transfer. Instructions will be given in the registration confirmation email from Jarman International. 50% of the fee (¥8,000) will be withheld for cancellations after April 19, 2018. No refund for cancellations or no-shows on April 29, 2018.

Earthday Tokyo
Sat and Sunday April 21 and 22 10:00-6pm
In Yoyogi park
Nonprofit NGO booths, food and support the planet!
Training Programs
 Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)
Continuing Education offers non-credit courses designed to meet the diverse educational objectives of students.
Open house/Information Session May 12, 10-12noon

Nonprofit NGO community events and programs

Seminars and public lectures
Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture events
Venue: Sophia University, details online
Sophia University Global Action Lecture Series
From the front lines :Nonprofit leaders speak out about ... Refugees
May 23rd 6:45-8:15pm
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus,
Panel Presentations by nonprofit leaders followed by open discussion.
Jane Best, Executive Director, Refugees International Japan (RIJ)
Hiroaki Ishii, Representative Director, Japan Association of Refugees (JAR)
For more information contact:

Find out more:
UN University series
April 18    18:30 - 19:30
“Fighting Famine: Hindering Hunger, Malnutrition, and Mortality”, a Conversation with Alex de Waal
UNU, Aoyama/Omotesando area

FCCJ Book Break: "Yukio Mishima"
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm
Speaker : Damian Flanagan
Admission: 3,500yen (non-members) / 2,100yen (FCCJ members)
Please sign up by email (
Venue: The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
Yurakucho Denki North Building 20F Yurakucho 1-7-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0006
  • Opportunities
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. 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. 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
May 17-20 Nakano Pocket

Yokohama Theatre Group

Tokyo Sinfonia
Sinfonia Plus champagne concert series No. 32
April 18, Wednesday evening from 19:00 - doors open 18:30
Hakuju Hall (near Yoyogi park)
May dinner-concert, Russian Serenade
May 18, Friday evening from 18:30
tickets@tokyosinfonia.comTickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Advocacy Resources
#HearOurVote - register to vote now! .
UK citizens
Canada citizens
EU Citizens…/…/residence/elections-abroad/index_en.htm
US citizens

There are many things you can do and The Action Network has free online tools you can use:

DAJ Speakeasy and Write-Your-Reps  on the 2nd Thursday of every month
7:30 - 9:30pm, at the Aldgate Pub in Shibuya.

Join us for food, drink, conversation and writing to our representatives to make your voice heard in D.C.
For more information on future events please be sure to check out updates posted online:
The DAJ Facebook Page
The DAJ events page
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.

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
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