Saturday, January 14, 2017

Inauguration Day march and vigil to be held in Tokyo


Inauguration Day march and vigil to be held in Tokyo

TOKYO, Jan. 13 – Americans living in Japan will hold a series of events that are open to the public in connection with the U.S. presidential inauguration, including a march and a vigil outside the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Inauguration Day to thank outgoing President Barack Obama for his service and to thank our civil servants for the work they do for Americans living overseas.
These events, coordinated by Democrats Abroad Japan, will be held in conjunction with others taking place across the world as a part of Democrats Abroad’s Global Week of Action.
“As Americans overseas, we want to thank President Obama for his service not only as a leader at home, but also globally,” said Tom Schmid, chairman of Democrats Abroad Japan. “Many Americans and our friends from other nations are concerned that President Obama’s progressive policies will be reversed by the new administration and a Republican-controlled Congress. We welcome all people who have the same concerns to join us as we organize worldwide to help protect President Obama’s accomplishments in the areas of health care, the environment, civil rights, equality, diversity, peace and international cooperation.”
On Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, a vigil will take place outside the U.S. Embassy from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a march starting at Hibiya Park at 7:00 p.m. and ending at Mikawadai Park in Roppongi at 8:00 p.m.
On Jan. 22, a teach-in featuring professor and author R. Taggart Murphy will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wesley Center in Minami-Aoyama to analyze the 2016 election and to discuss how the Democratic Party can move forward towards the 2018 Mid-Term Election. Other speakers include Alex Gonzalez, Democrats Abroad delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and former Democrats Abroad Japan Chair Mike Stensrud. All events are free and open to the public.
Further details on each event are available at: and
Contacts (for press inquiries only):
Tom Schmid
Chairman, Democrats Abroad Japan
080-4720-5421 or

Leslie Anne Rogers
Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
080-3533-6964 or

For Japanese media:
Jenise Treuting
Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
080-6159-3598 or

January call to action

About Jan 20 Tokyo events related to the upcoming inauguration

The Friday night Jan 20 march and vigil will be organized by Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ). Part of actions happening all over the globe. We will not post much online until the permit and route have been confirmed. Find out more about DAJ:

  • 5:30-6:00pm pre-march silent vigil at the US embassy
  • 6-6:30pm assemble in Hibiya park
  • 6:40-8:00 silent LED candle march from Hibiya Park to Mikawadai park
  • 8:00 ~ regroup event
Details :

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 2017 Tokyo Community News now up

Happy new year!

There is a lot going on from the start of the year

* Just a few of the key dates for upcoming events
Jan 12 - 15
A Faerie Tale

Jan 20: March and Vigil

From Jan 27: new series of workshops
for anyone interested in improving knowledge or skills, being a better volunteer, sharing information about nonprofit activities and/or learning more about nonprofits in Japan.

Jan ~ Feb: we wrap up 10 years of the Tsuda International Training program. hoping to move the program elsewhere

Feb - I will moving to a new office and hope to have our monthly community service meetings there - find out more in the next newsletter.

March: many events for IWD - a starting list.

* A few notes on changes
The TCN will be simplified from this year but you are still welcome to send a jpeg of a flier or
The email address for all point people of events are now including in the mailing list.
The online version of this will be shortened here: 

Please share this information far and wide with any one you know you might be interested!

For the Feb listing - please send me info by Jan 26. please keep it short and simple.




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.


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Sake tasting in Iwate

like Sake? i took part in a cool tasting in Iwate - we got to try local varieties and snacks - find out more about our fun day!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Winter and spring workshops

Happy New Year!
I will be initiating a series of nonprofit workshops this winter. Workshops will take place  in English and include 4 to 10 participants. These workshops will be for anyone interested in improving knowledge or skills, being a better volunteer, sharing information about nonprofit activities and/or learning more about nonprofits in Japan.

Workshop series #1 Introduction to nonprofits series - Jan to Feb, 3 sessions.
Friday nights, 6:30 ~ 8:30
  • Jan 27 – Intro to series, intro to Japanese nonprofit sector
  • Feb 3 – Fundraising basics
  • Feb 10 – Intro to Volunteer Management
Fee: 5000yen per session or 12,000 yen for all 3
Registration deadline: Jan 14
Confirmation will be sent on Jan 15 to all who have signed up.

Workshop series #2  Nonprofit NGO Skills series – March to April, 5 sessions.  
Monday and Friday nights, 6:30 ~ 8:30
  • FR March 10 Intro to the series, registering an org in Japan
  • MN March 13  Fundraising part 2
  •  FR March 24 Grant writing basics
  • MN March 27 - Project Management
  • MN April 3 - Retaining volunteers
Fee: 5000yen per session or 20,000 yen for all 5
Registration deadline: March 5
Confirmation will be sent on March 6 to all who have signed up.

Sign up now using this registration form:

Venue: Workshops will take place in a community center in central Tokyo. Details on contents, payment and venue access info will be sent to all interested.

Please share this information far and wide with any one you know you might be interested! 

Based on the outcomes of the first two series, I will prepare others in summer as well.
If you have specific questions please contact me at

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December events

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2016 Year End Tokyo Community News
December is almost here, bringing all types of holiday events.

Before sharing organization updates and event information, i would like to invite you to the Mirai no Mori end of the year party on Dec 6. There will be people from all walks of life and some pretty good prizes.

If you are a former workshop participant and working for an international organization or NGO, let me know. I am organizing a few events featuring past workshop participants. At least one in English and at least 1 in Japanese.

Before i forget, Tuesday is "Giving Tuesday" the day each each organizations around the globe are honored for making the world a better place. Take 10 min to support a group you believe in. Please have a look at some of the organizations below or on the Global Giving site which features important projects all over the world:

I hope you have a great last month in 2016!
Best regards,

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Mirai no Mori Winter Magic Bonenkai!
On Dec 6 Mirai no Mori will hold its first ever Bonenkai with friends, supporters, volunteers, camp staff and anyone who wants to support our work in 2017!
Tuesday Dec 6, 19:00-22:00
Venue: Blue Jam Cafe (
Cost::6,000 yen for all reservations made before Nov 28. (7,000 yen after.)
*You must reserve your tickets before November 28th to get the discount price.
Be sure to check out the updates from corporate sponsored Back to Nature Camps on Facebook:
Winter giving campaign
Help Mirai no Mori send 30 youth in care to magical Winter Camp - by making a donation on the Global Giving site:

Asian Rural Institute
ARI will have an open campus day on 12/2 Find out more:
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 BOOK:  Rural Leaders:  The Work and Community Impact of Graduates of the Asian Rural Institute by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma

Please visit the ARI  Facebook page for more information about what graduates are doing all over the world:

Training programs

Temple University NGO Management Program.
Winter 2016 NGO workshops
Fundraising for NGOs: Practical Hints (One-day Workshop)
Saturday December 10th 10:00-16:30, sign up by Dec 3
For more information, please visit: 2016 Info Sessions  Saturday, Jan 14 and 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.
Spring 2016 NGO courses: NGO management and Community organizing

Tsuda International Training Program international development courses.
Information session info
1月10日 19:00~20:45,
1月21日 13:00~14:45, 
1月24日 19:00~20:45
Spring 2016 NGO courses:
Gender Aspects of International Development (Tuesdays, Jan 31 - March 21)
Education for Social Justice workshop (Feb 4)
Organization management workshop (March 11)
* This will be the final semester of a program. I hope to launch a similar program at another Institution in 2017.

From the Center for Artistic Activism: Artistic Activism Webinars: We'll offer one hour webinars on the principles of artistic activism - practical ideas you can use to develop fresh creative tactics for more effective campaigns. What you can do: sign up here if you would like to take part, or if you know a group who could benefit from learning the principles.

Learn how to reclaim the spectacle: Free Access to Duncombe’s book, Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy. The book tells how to communicate in today’s spectacular vernacular, not merely as a tactic but as a new way of thinking about and acting out politics.
What you can do: Download, read it, share it with anyone you think could use it.

ANIMAL WALK TOKYO (AWT) End-of-Year Party, Nippori
Dec 4, from 4 pm
Festive fun in the form of games, giveaways, live music, beautiful views of Tokyo from the 38th floor, finger food, and a kanpai drink (or two) to celebrate our achievements this year and share our hopes for the next.
Funds raised go to a great cause – looking after those who cannot speak for themselves.
Participation fee: 2,000 yen + a dog or cat toy (1,000 yen to be donated to Heart Tokushima, the toy to Animal Refuge Kansai)

 Full details here:
 Please contact us if would like more information:
FEW 35th Anniversary Bonenkai: FEWturistic
Friday December 9th  19:00-22:00
Members ¥6000 Associate Members ¥4,000 Guests ¥8,000, Student Guests ¥6,000 (Student ID required) FEW Member-Guest Pair ¥13,000, Guest-Guest Pair ¥15,000
Raffle proceeds benefitting our community services partners Mirai no Mori and Second Harvest Japan

Refugees International Japan
Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016 12:00  - RIJ Lunch Club
Saturday, Feb 4th, 2017 18:00 - Black Card Cabaret and Talent Show The Cruise Club Tokyo
Craft  sales
4 December: Craft Sale at JVC Oratorio Concert at Showa Women’s University Hitomi Hall
8 December: Craft Sale at Ekoin Charity Concert at Ryogoku Ekoin Temple


Find out more:
Pirates of Tokyo Bay - 6th Anniversary show
Dec 4th (sun):
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
6:30pm doors open   7:30pm START
¥3,000 gets you in and ONE FREE DRINK ***Early Bird Discount Available Until Nov 19. Food available.
We are having a huge show in Roppongi at the amazing Super Deluxe to celebrate 6 years in Tokyo! This special night of bilingual comedy is going to be unlike any other improv show in Tokyo with special guests making appearances to celebrate the Pirates!

Tokyo International Players
Next Productions:
Speaking in Tongues, February 23-26,
February auditions will be for the  May 18-21, production
Find out more
Tokyo Sinfonia 
Prokofieff Serenade champagne concert
~ Oji Hall, Wed., Dec. 14
Mozart Birthday Concerts 
~ Tokyo Masonic Center, Fri., Jan. 27Sun., Jan. 29
Scandinavian Serenade dinner-concert
~ FCCJ, Fri., Feb. 17
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
More Information

International Seminar: Domestic and International Migration in Eastern Asian Aging Countries
Friday 16th December 2016 13:3016:30
Venue : National Institute of Population and Social Security Research
Meeting Room 4 and 5
Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

The Contemporary Japan Group at the Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken),  University of Tokyo, welcomes you to a lecture by Michael Strausz  (Texas Christian University)
Help Wanted: Labor Shortages, an Aging Society, and Japan’s Restrictive Immigration Policy
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social
Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
For more information, including maps and a list of past lectures, please visit our website:
or contact Gregory W. NOBLE (

2017 Events

Director Lucy Craft will join us for a screening of her award-winning film about Japanese War Brides' experiences, *Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight*.
10 Jan 2016.  7PM
Benney Decker Theater, Yokosuka Navy Base
RSVP with your name and nationality to
Learn more about the film

Million Women March being planned for January 21, 2017
More info forthcoming on the Tokyo event.

Video from the October 14 US Election Panel I organized at TUJ. This event offered an opportunity to hear presentations on the policies proposed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as those of Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian).  Enjoy!
  Enrich your Japan experience.
  Learn more about JAPAN
Book notes

If you are working in the area of sustainability or community development, it's worth reading. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my part on Nonprofit NGO response to the 3.11 disasters!
You can order
Educating for Sustainability in Japan: Fostering resilient communities after the triple disaster (Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development)  on amazon:

Entertainment notes

We are reviewing several social justice oriented scripts. Some are by one of the people who was involved in the writing of SEVEN - more information in January.
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