March 2017 Tokyo Community News
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Happy IWD 2017!!!

Spring is busier than ever!!!
Here are just a few dates for upcoming events:
March 9 FEW IWD 2017 event: The Many Shades of Harassment
March 11 NGO Mgt skills workshop @TITP
March 12 Migrants march, DAJ action team meeting, RIJ pub Quiz
March 13 Muslim Surveillance in the Name of National Security
March 14 Volunteer meeting

Japan NPO Center is looking for an English speaking staff member  and the Japanese Women Leadership Initiative is accepting applications.
- see details and links below

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 April news will going out around April 3rd

Hope to see you at one of these events.
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MARCH international women's day events

There are many events this week to commemorate IWD 2017.
ABOUT IWD: During International Women's Year 1975, the United Nations began celebrating March 8 as International Women's Day. In December 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. Since then, each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) has celebrated throughout the month of March with hundreds of events occurring all over the world. IWD is an occasion to review how far women have come in our struggle for equality, peace and development and also offers an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for change. Each year a collation of nonprofit organizations, governments and women's groups from around the world choose a different theme that reflects current global and local gender issues. In recent years, IWD has focused on the violence facing women in homes and in conflict all over the world. 2017 focus => #BeBoldForChange Find out more

FEW March Monthly Meeting: The Many Shades of Harassment
For Empowering Women (FEW) in Japan
Day/Date/Time: Thursday, March 9, 2017 7:00 PM
Venue: Centre Hall, 3F Minami Azabu Centre 4-12-25 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, 106-0047
6 minutes walk from Hiroo Station
With March honoring International Women’s Day, our March meeting will focus on recognizing signs of harassment and abuse.
Guest Speaker: Sachi Nakajima, founder of Resilience!
We're excited to announce that FEW members Sarajean Rossitto and Jennifer Shinkai as well as FEW Strategic Partner Sarah Furuya will also join Sachi in sharing their experiences with Resilience and why they support the NPO and its mission. Info: #BeBoldforChange

Blossom Blast - get more details here:

Panel Discussion:  Women and the Japanese Workforce
Wednesday, March 15, 7:15 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall, Research Room 2 (5th Floor)
〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi 神奈川横須賀市本町2−1
Teruko Wada - Senior Manager, International Affairs Bureau, Keidanren
Noelle Takahashi - Women's Leadership Advocate
Mayu Tomozoe - Student, Meiji University School of Business Administration
Annette Bradford, Asst Professor, Meiji University
Free. Open to public
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered.  If possible, we ask you
to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
Visit for more information.

The annual March for Migrant Workers is taking place on Sunday, March 12, 12:30 PM - 4 PM
Find out more and share

March 14 Activist planning meeting:
From 6:30pm event updates and postcards writing
from 8pm Pitch in and help plan the Tax Day "Show-us-the-returns" action 
Venue: OWL, Nearest station Shiba Koen, Exit A3
info and RSVP here

The #Gimme20 Initiative asks people to give 20 minutes of action a day: Posting action opps on Facebook each day:
To enable others to do more - this space/group is to share info on action steps and useful resources for taking action. 
Also located on my blog:
Share widely with your networks - these events are not limited to persons who have taken part in other events or to US citizens. The attached poster has basic information on the march and the links below have complete event details.

Sat April 15 Tokyo Rally Demanding Release of President Trump's Tax Returns
Sun April 16 DAJ teach-in more info next month

Sat April 22 March for Science Tsukuba

Training programs

Temple University, Japan Campus, Conted NGO Management Program.
 April 15 Community Organizing workshop

Info Session  Saturday,  May 13, 10:00-12:00 (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. Details forthcoming


Tsuda International Training Program international development courses.

March 11 - Org management skills 12:50- 17:00
(You can sign up until March 10th)

 Hitotsubashi ICS Workshop Series
VENUE:  Hitotsubashi University ICS Kanda Campus, FLOOR 7
  • 3/11-15: 5-Day Managerial Mediation Course (repeated for HRDs and public during ICS GNW Week):
  • 3/18-22: 5-Day Mediation Practicum (5 days of practice in applying the training to live or life-like situations, similar to the NY Court Mediation Certification Program):
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.

Nonprofit NGO community events

Nerd Nite : Adventures in Space, Mind & Japan
Science X Theatre
When science meets theatre, expect big ideas, big bangs, and maybe even some laughs.
March 11 and March 12
Details and Tix:


FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
Monthly meeting info listed above.

FEW Women's Start Up Club more info here.


Refugees International Japan

Sunday March 12, 6 PM - 9 PM, Compete to Empower: RIJ's Pub Quiz for a Cause
Tuesday, Mar 21, 12:30 RIJ Lunch Club
Sunday, Apr 23 12:00 Palace Loop Relay
Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN)
Sun March 19  Showing of the recent bio-pic "Trumbo" starring Brian Cranston, in Shimokitazawa
Tues., March 21 7-9pm: monthly AITEN meeting (for event planning, and letter-writing) at the AIJ office
Sun. April  2,   Letter writing at WTD, advertise the Earth Day event.
Seminars and public lectures
Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture
Hate Speech and the Gendered Burden of Care: Anti-Discrimination Politics in Japan
March 21 18:30-20:00
Speaker: Vivian Shaw, PhD Candidate
Venue: Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

Reflecting on the past, Building a sustainable future
April 20 19:00-20:30
Speakers: Steven Cutting, Bev Abama, Tomoko Arakawa
Moderator: Sarajean Rossitto
More info next month

Recent political protests worldwide highlight the seemingly endless struggle between government interests in preventing crime, maintaining public order and protecting national security balanced against negatively impacting individual civil liberties and minority communities. This series of symposia will address the current state of race relations and policing within the broader context of the criminal justice system. The goal is to foster an open dialogue on how law enforcement serves and protects communities, the tension between minority communities and local police, and the public's response to social injustices particularly against minorities through political protest movements.

Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Student Parliament Lounge (Access) Max 120 persons, open to the public

Symposia 2: Monday March 13 19:00-21:00
Muslim Surveillance in the Name of National Security
Lawrence Repeta, Professor of Law, Meiji University
Sebastian Maslow, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University, Japan
Junko Hayashi, Attorney, Partners Law Firm, Tokyo
Moderator: Masaki Kakizaki, Assistant Professor, Temple University, Japan Campus

Symposia 3: Wednesday, April 5 19:00-21:00
#vivalarevolucíon: New Millennium Political Protests
David H. Slater, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Japanese Studies and Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University
John Russell, Professor of Anthropology, Gifu University,
William Andrews
Noriko Manabe, Associate Professor of Music Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia
Sarajean Rossitto, Nonprofit NGO Consultant
Moderator: Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University School of Law, Japan Campus

Polarization, Politics, and Religion in Trump’s America
Date: Wednesday, March 15,  19:30 (Doors open at 19:00)
Speaker: David Hempton (Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard University)
Venue: Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus Parliament lounge 1F
Moderator: Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)

Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan
Date: Friday, March 31, 19:00 (Doors open at 18:30)
Michael Thomas Cucek (ICAS Adjunct Fellow, Adjunct Professor of politics at Temple University Japan Campus and Adjunct Professor of social science at Waseda University)
David McNeill (foreign correspondent for The Irish Times, The Independent, The Economist and The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Lawrence Repeta (Professor of Law, Meiji University)
Tina Burrett (ICAS adjunct fellow and Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University)
Jeff Kingston (editor of Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (Routledge 2017) and Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan Campus)
Venue: Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus Parliament lounge 1F

Mobilization of the Very Poor in Japan
Date: Monday, April 3, 19:30 (Doors open at 19
Speaker: David Antoine Malinas (Associate Professor at Paris-Diderot University)
Venue: Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus
Moderator: Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)

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
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 # (#を@に変えてください)

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

Yokohama Theatre Group

When science meets theatre, expect big ideas, big bangs, and maybe even some laughs.
March 11 Saturday @ 14:00 & 19:00
March 12 Sunday @15:00
More info, reserve your tickets here:
Support us by becoming a patron!

Tokyo Sinfonia
Haydn Serenade champagne concert 
~ Oji Hall, Wed., Mar. 15
Alexis Vallejos (guitar) champagne concert 
~ Oji Hall, Wed., Apr. 12
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
More Information


Mirai no Mori
Updates from back to nature weekends are posted on Facebook
Back to nature events: corporations sponsor weekend hiking, rafting and camping events with youth and corporate staff.  Now looking for sponsors for Fall camps - Please contact us if would like more information: Join us as corporate sponsor:

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.
AN EXCITING NEW report on Rural Leaders: by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma
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

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.

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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