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Dec 1 Seminar on child Labour

Wednesday, December 1, 7:00-9:00
International development Seminar: Working children: How kids can change the world Workshop on child labour and how children are making a difference(In Japanese) Speaker: Sanae Nakajima, Chair, Board of Directors,Free The Children Japan Location: Tsuda College Sendagaya Campus, 1Floor Conference Room, Tsuda Hall Fee: Free! Registration: By telephone (03-3402-7333) or online ( Find out more at

Enjoy some time with us on Dec 13!

Monday Dec 13 7:00-9:00pm
Party to activate people in 2011
Meet people from different organizations, and share information about getting involved in nonprofit NGO projects, activities and events. Cost: ¥3200 Includes 2 drinks and appetizers. (cash bar open.) Venue: Kimono Wine Bar (03-6438-1685) Platinum Ct. 1F, Minami Aoyama 1-15-28 RSVP by Dec 8 to guarantee your spot. Space is limited!  Contact: rose.ito at

December events from the Anti-poverty network

Wish i could make the event on 12/9 - i went to school with the featured photographer Q Sakamaki. But i have an end of  the year party忘年会 that night - 残念!

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest!

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who was confined 15 of the last 21 years, was freed from house arrest.
Imagine 2 decades of house arrest...

What is next for Burma and the Burmese people?

Black Stripe Theater presents the award winning play Doubt


Come see Black Stripe Theater's production of Doubt!


DOUBT production coming to Tokyo!

Black Stripe Theater presents John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning DOUBT.
(See for details).

Information for November 16-18 performances
Tues. 11/16th, 7:30pm
Wed. 11/17th, 7:30pm
Thurs. 11/18th, 7:30pm
Venue: Iwato Theatre in Iidabashi
Theatre Iwato, Iwato-cho, Shinjuku-ku on
The nearest station is Ushigome-kagurazaka (Exit A3) on the Oedo Line. Other close stations are Kagurazaka (Exit 1) and JR Iidabashi (West Exit).

Information for November 26-28 performances
Fri. 11/26th, 7:30pm
Sat. 11/27th, 2pm AND 7:30pm
Sun. 11/28th, 2pm AND 7:30pm
Venue: Our Space, in Hatagaya
Directions are also listed on the website. :

Tickets: Reserved: 2,500 (reserved at least 24 hours before the performance.)
Unreserved: 3,000
Groups of 10 students or more: 2000 each

For tickets, contact Black Stripe by e-mail, with the dat…

Nonprofit NGO visits for the IE3 Global internship program

As part of the IE3 Global internship program - i made a number of visits to nonprofits this week with Eric the Regional Director for Asia.

Basic info in Japanese (needs revisions i know!)

The details are on the Home site:

The current hosts in Japan are:
OurPlanet TV
Shure University
Run for the Cure Foundation
Peace Boat

NOTE: The IE3 program is only open to students enrolled at select partner universities in the Western United States. If your university is not included on the list of participating schools, you are not eligible to participate.

Journey to Hope - A Refugee Experience

First Ever Refugee Mobile Learning Centers In Tokyo, Yokohama and Kansai in October and November 2010

Journey to Hope - A Refugee Experience
Oct. 15-17: Aka Renga Soko (Red Brick Warehouse), Yokohama. 10:00-19:00
Oct. 31: Ochanomizu University, Tokyo. 12:00-16:00
Nov. 13-14: Banpaku Kinen Koen, Osaka. (A WorldShift event.) 10:00-16:00


RIJ is very busy getting ready for Journey to Hope, an interactive refugee experience using shipping containers in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kansai. Students will live out the "refugee experience" and children and adults alike will have the opportunity to learn about refugees through the exhibits, displays, activities and entertainment.

Please check the website for details:

Find the latest information about RIJ events and related news in one place at:

Global Festa 2010

It was a lot of fun - even for just 90 minutes!

I got to see so many NGO friends and meet a lot of new people ... forgot to take pix again.

Link to Global Asia article on poverty in Japan

Age, Change and Poverty: Coping with Social Transformation
By Sawako Shirahase

"For decades, Japan was described as an “all-middle-class society,” a characterization that was always open to skeptical analysis.
Japanese academic Sawako Shirahase probes the profound social changes Japan is undergoing and calls on policymakers and civil society to build a new social consensus that better reflects the new realities..." read more

Send a letter to your nations leader

How do you feel about the outcomes of the UN Summit and the review of the MDGs? there sure have been a lot of sample Success Stories that have come out in their publications but so much still needs to be done!

The original goal of .54 will not be enough to achieve the MDGs =>  we need to be active citizens and tell our leaders to follow through on promises. In the words of the people from Action Aid - the hungry can not eat promises.

3 things you can do:
1. learn more =>,,menuPK:336998~pagePK:149018~piPK:149093~theSitePK:336992,00.html

2. give some money - lots of orgs need your support

3. take action! has some sample letters you can use to send to your government's leaders.
"Print out a simple letter to your government supporting 0.7% in international aid.
If enough people in enough countries mail enough letters, this great objective can be achieved."


Press release from Africa Japan Forum

◎電話:03-3834-6902 FAX:03-3834-6903




books about the J nonprofit sector

The Failure of Civil Society? The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan,  by Akihiro Ogawa. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009, 285 pp., $25.95 (paperback ISBN: 978-0-7914-9396-0), $80.00 (hardcover ISBN 978-0-7914-9395-3)
The Rise of Japanese NGOs: Activism from Above,  by Kim D. Reimann. London: Routledge, 2010, 208 pp., $130.00 (hardcover ISBN 978-0-415-49802-9)

MDG summit 9/20-22 in NYC

Have a look at some different site to find out what is going on

From the UN standpoint

Asian Parlimentarians

On aid from the stand point of NGOs

About the hearings and speakers each day

From the social media stand point

Have some research to share about nonprofit in Japan?

A lot of people would like to know about your research about the developments in the Japanese nonprofit NGO sector!

The NPO gakkai is accepting papers for presentation about nonprofits in English for the next conference to be held in 2011 in Miyazaki.the deadline is only 2 weeks away - Oct 3 - get more info as well as the template and application form below.

Human Development Report 2010

20th Anniversary Edition will be coming out in November this year with some changes ....

"The Human Development Reports produced since 1990 by the United Nations Development Programme are widely considered the most influential of the many regular reports by multilateral institutions. Unique among UN publications for their tradition of intellectual independence – though sponsored by UNDP, they do not represent its official views or policies – the Human Development Reports are best known for their innovative and often controversial analyses of critical issues, and for the annual Human Development Index, which was created as an alternative to income-based measures of national and individual well-being."

download old copies or get more recent reports:

Global Festa group tour

Some people are hesitant to go to the Global Festa because they do not know anyone ... join me and some friends ... right now we have 2 ideas for when to go

I work in the middle of the day so before or after my class join me for a Global Festa group tour:
Saturday October 2 10-12noon or 4-5pm (to be decided by Sept 26 based on people's responses)

Option A Saturday October 2 from 10 to 12noon
Meeting time: 9:50
Meeting location: Hibiya Station (Hibiya Line) Exit A 14

Option B Saturday October 2 from 4 to 5pm
Meeting time: 3:50pm
Meeting location: Uchisaiwaicho station (Mita line) Exit A7
we can chat afterward over coffee or a beer.

Some responses to common questions i get about nonprofits in Japan

Q#1 Do you know how many registered NPOs there are and how many exist that are not officially registered?

42170 as of June 30 or July 31 this year depending on which site you look at!
by issue break down
by regions

If you include social welfare groups or groups listed under the new 社団法人 system then the number is much higher
this site has that type of org data
Q#2 # of unofficial or unregistered groups ???
not sure i have seen numbers like 80,000 and 200,000 but not really sure which is more accurate.

Q#3 are here stats on ave size and funding?

The japan npo center and japan foundation center used to have this data online but i can not find it right now please let me know if you find such data anywhere!
* some old data (maybe 2002 or 2004 ?)

Financial status:
Average annual income per organization: 2 million yen.

Average number of staff …

Fall 2010 TUJ workshop series - NGO mgt.

Saturday, September 25, 1:30 – 3:30
The Role and Functions of NGOs (NGO 301) 10-part workshop series on
the diverse approaches and methods NGOs use all over the world
Deadline for applications: Sept 13 (3 openings left!)
Location and Venue access: TUJ Azabu Hall
For more information contact: Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:
To register or for more information visit their website:

Monday, September 27, 7:10 – 9:30pm
Japanese society and Nonprofits (NGO 212) an 8-part workshop series on
current issues in Japanese society and how Japanese NGOs are tackling
Deadline for applications: Sept 13 (5 openings left!)
Location and Venue access: TUJ Azabu Hall
For more information contact: Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:
To register or for more information visit their website:…

Tsuda international training program Fall workshop info

第3回 説明会 (9月16日(木) 19:00-21:00)
〒151-0051 東京都渋谷区千駄ヶ谷1-18-24
TEL 03-3402-7333  FAX 03-3402-7688

■□■「International Development Skillsコース」)■□■
◆研修期間: 平成22年9月28日~12月7日(火曜日) 19:00-21:00 10回
◆インストラクター セラジーン・ロシート 津田塾大学オープンスクールインストラクター、
◆定員: 15名
◆ 対象:次のような方々は、ぜひご応募ください!
☆ 非営利団体で新しい活動やプロジェクトを立ち上げたい
☆ 国際機関、NGO、NPO関係者(スタ…




Speaking seminars scheduled in Osaka on July 31st and Tokyo on August 1st

July 16, 2010 (TOKYO) – The founder of Indian NPO, the Association of Relief Volunteers (ARV), and visionary human rights activist T. Ravi Kumar will speak in Japan for the first time this summer, in an effort to expand ARV’s message further than ever before on the international stage. Speaking seminars will be held on July 31st in Osaka and August 1st in Tokyo. The Osaka seminar will take place at Nishi-machi Koutou Kaikan (next to Shin Osaka Station, west exit) at 7-10-14 Nishi Nakashima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi. The Tokyo seminar will be held at Star Lecture Rooms on the third floor of Kawagami Building at 2-22-17 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Seminars in both locations will be held in Japanese from 14:00 to 15:15 and in English from15:30 to 16:45.

Founded in 2001 by T. Ravi Kumar, a human rights activist, The A…


For Immediate Release July 21, 2010 Contact:
Stephanie V. Grepo, Director, Capacity Building Programs
Telephone: 212-854-7189; email: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY WELCOMES 10 ACTIVISTS
TO THE 2010 HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES PROGRAM New York, NY — On Monday, August 30th, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University will welcome 10 human rights activists as the 22nd cohort of the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP). The intensive HRAP curriculum is defined by academic coursework, skills-building workshops and networking opportunities with the human rights communities in New York and Washington, DC. By the time the advocates complete the program in mid-December, they will have acquired the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to further develop themselves as human rights professionals and their organizations back home. Through a competitive selection process, the 10 advocates were chosen from 170 applications representing 58 countries. “Eve…

Equality Now Urgent alert - Mexico: officials raided a high security women's shelter

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Horiba International Conference

August 19 & 20, 2010
Fukutake Auditorium, University of Tokyo - Hongo Campus

Admission is free and advance registration is not required.

A Tectonic Shift?
Structural developments, reform policies, and the collapse of LDP rule

The seismic 2007 Upper House election, the 2009 general election ushering the DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) into power, and the recent Upper House election unequivocally demonstrate the structural collapse of the dominance of the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party),
which had ruled Japan for most of the postwar period. The aim of this gathering in Tokyo, on the eve of the first anniversary of the DPJ's landmark victory, and on the heels of its first electoral rout, is to examine in detail the two developments the participants think caused a tectonic shift in Japanese politics, forever destroying the old LDP regime: political adaptation to the new electoral system, and the policy responses to recurring downturns of the economy, characterized as the &…

Groundbreaking case this past week on Trainees rights in Japan

Chinese trainee died of 'karoshi'

In a landmark decision involving foreign vocational trainees, the Labor Standards Inspection Office in Kajima, Ibaraki Prefecture, has recognized the June 2008 death of a Chinese man working at a metal processing company as a case of karoshi, or death from overwork.
The labor inspection office sent papers to prosecutors on Friday accusing the company and its 66-year-old operator of violating the Labor Standards Law by imposing excessively long work hours and failing to pay overtime.
According to the office, Jiang Xiaodong, 31, died of acute heart failure while asleep in June 2008, three years after coming to Japan as a trainee. In the three months prior to his death, Jiang worked between 93 to 109 hours in overtime each month, the office said.
The office also found that two other Chinese vocational trainees at the company had been forced to work long overtime hours, and that the trainees were paid only 400 …

Polaris Project: seminar series ontrafficking in persons


July 10 Youth Japan's International Organisations World Cup

CITYNET Youth Japan's International Organisations World Cup taking place on July 10 in Yokohama.

We are looking for individual players, teams or people to cheer. It is a FUN
event so absolutely no worries about skill level!

Please see flier for details.
Nearest station: Motomachi Chukagai (10 mins walk)

5F International Organisations Center,
Pacifico Yokohama
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku,
Yokohama, Japan
Tel: +81-45-223-2161
Fax: +81-45-223-2261

Global Peace Index vid

~The Leadership Role of Women in Society~

Japan Women's leadership Initiative presents
~The Leadership Role of Women in Society~
The Time Has Come!NGOs can Change Society

Sunday 6/27 13:30~16:30(受付13:00~)
Center for the advancement of working women Hall, 4F
Tokyo Shiba 5-35-3
Access map
Cost: 500yen

Presentations and panel discussion (with translation)

○「The Role of NGOs and impact on American Society」 Paul Grougan, Boston University
○「Womens leadership in NGOs in the US」 Patricai Denton, Sommon College
○「日本のNGOの課題」   Akira Matsubara, C's  
Organized by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Japan (BPW Japan)

June 27 event - The Leadership Role of Women in Society

~The Leadership Role of Women in Society~The Time Has ComeNGOs can Change Society
さまざまな波や壁にあたる現代、それを乗り越えるには、市民の力とその結集・・・NGOが社会を変える時代です。いま この変革の時期にあって、女性の指導力が求められています。参加費 500円東京開催2010年6月27日(日)13:30~16:30(受付13:00~)会場:女性と仕事の未来館4Fホール〒108-0014 東京都港区芝5-35-3 ℡03-5444-4151(代)http:/

EMI program


Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) 2010

2010年度 募集要項
Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) 2010

研修の概要  地域を変えていくリーダーとして活躍を目指す女性たちを支援するプロジェクトです。この事業は、アメリカ・ボストン在住の日系実業家が、母国日本の女性たちのために立ち上げました。これから、NGOが社会を支え、変化をもたらす大きな力となるはずであることは、世界でも日本でも同じです。
リーダーとして“確固とした《dream vision》をもつ事”を学ぶ。
ファンドレイジングについて学ぶと共にNGO で実習体験を積む。
Simmons Collage -School of Management コースの一つ"Strategic Leadership for Women" に参加する。
帰国前に《dream vision》のアクション・プランを作成・提出する。
1)年令 28才以上の女性
必要書類: 1)履歴書 (英文 及び 日本文)
2)小論文/英文エッセイ (A4で2-3ページ)  内容 *ボストンで学びたいテーマとその理由
3)推薦状 (英文、A4 1枚、推薦者1名・・・所属するNGO役員などによる)
研修責任組織:米国マサチューセツ州  シモンズ・カレッジ
担当者:Dr. Patricia Deyton –Director of Center for Gen…

NPO/NGO Networking Happy Hour: May 14

Friday May 14, 7:00-9:00
Open to nonprofit NGO volunteers and staff and anyone who wants to get involved in community service.
Meet people from different organizations, share information about volunteering, and events.

Location: JamRock Restaurant Café in Harajuku
Cost: 4000yen per person includes Jamaican food (served tapas style) + 2 drinks
Access info:

RSVP by May 10 to guarantee you can get in (max is 40 people)
Contact for more information.

Scholarships, Grant, Award, Conference, Training, Volunteers, International job postings:

SEVEN (Social Equity Venture Fund) Call for proposals: Foreign economic aid and government programs have spent billions of dollars during the past five decades to alleviate the high number of people living in poverty. No country has been lifted out of poverty as a result of these efforts, but the mindset remains the same: aid programs are the key to poverty alleviation. The aim of SEVEN Fund sponsored research is to challenge the prevailing state of mind in this field. We want to answer the question of whether wealth-creation may be the most effective solution to alleviate poverty. We invest our efforts and resources to find, research, and document examples where entrepreneurial success is shown to have led to poverty alleviation. In the process, we will seek to inspire entrepreneurs in developing countries with advice, investments, role models, and services. Read more:

Endeavour Awards for Research, Postgraduat…