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the people CAN control the gun violence discussion!

The NRA has lots of cash - we have lots of support and every little bit helps. They control the debate with money and we can change that - here are some orgs you can support with your end of the year giving

Today is the Day to Talk About Reducing Gun Violence

organizing vigils nationwide tomorrow (Sat.) evening calling 4 an end to violence. Attend 1 near you!

Important petition by calling 4 our elected leaders to act immediately to strengthen laws. Sign & share!

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research & policy advocacy.
The Brady Campaign is a nonprofit that lobbies in favor of gun regulations
Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
Immediately address issue of c…

Dec 21 Tohoku Planning Forum

Keio University and TPF2 Forum. 21-22 December 2012.
TPF2 Event 21 December 1900-2100hrs

Tohoku Planning Forum will have the next event in conjunction with Keio University in side their Environmental Innovators Symposium 21-22 December.
TPF2 events are free.
Please sign up in advance.
Tohoku Planning Forum  will be focusing on a number of key points and

for details please see the website

Jan 10 Thursday “Wanna Be Starting Something”

Jan 10 Thursday
FEW Monthly meeting: “Wanna Be Starting Something”
Ever thought about starting a group, an organisation or a club? hear from people who have taken the idea to action. A fun panel discussion featuring people who have started their own groups.
The theme for January is starting your own group in Tokyo, with a focus on arts, cultural, sports and passions people have. Speakers will share unique perspectives and experiences.
Panelists include:
Rachel Walzer, ACTRESS and DIRECTOR, Black Stripe Theater
Francesca Conate’, founder, Africa in Japan
Patricia Reyes, President and founder of Yokota Scary Blossoms
Location Wesley Center, 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Map and access info:
Cost: 3000 yen for FEW members 5000 yen for guests (women only) includes buffet dinner and drinks.
FEW monthly events are only open to women – members and nonm…

online volunteer mgt resources

Energize – online volunteer mag Speech on volunteerism Nonprofit mgt. help article Action without borders Risk Toolkit: How to take care of risk in volunteering, By Katharine Gaskin

Volunteer Management Capacity in America’s Charities and Congregations Volunteer Managemen

FEW Dazzling bonenkai - Dec 13 Dazzling prizes!

All proceeds from the raffle will benefit our community services strategic partners: Shine On! Kids (The Tyler Foundation), Peace Boat and Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
One night getaway stay at Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport with Dinner and Breakfast
Kimono Wine Bar and Grill 50,000 Gift Certificate
Decanter Restaurant at the Tokyo American Club 30,000 Gift Certificate
Two night stay at the b Akasaka with Breakfast
Kimono Wine Club Membership 
ipad Mini
Web design and Business Card setup
Fantastic book bundles
Life coaching packages
Yoga classes
Wine and Champagne
Original Art Photo
Photo Session
Hair Makeover
Manicure and Pedicure 
Massage and facial package
Magazine and Beauty products

Dec workshops


Osaka Feb 2 workshop almost filled!


Japanese Volunteer urgently needed early december

YOKOHAMABASEDNPONEEDSOMEONETHEFIRSTWEEK OF DECEMBER TO HELPWITHTHEIRANNUAL business report, including meeting minutes yearly statements. this requires someone with excellent Japanese and some basic English skills as the org is run by people from various countries.
if you have time or know someone who might please contact  andrew at yokohama-theatre dot com


Kimono KONY-SANTA CHRISTMAS Brunch PROJECT: Sunday 12/2 10am-4pm Come have brunch at Kimono and help some wonderful children have a happy winter holiday season! This effort is being organized by The Famous Sumo Champion Konishki through the The Konishiki Kids Foundation. The foundation has historically supported donating toys to underprivileged children in Japan and last year began a special effort to reach underprivileged children in the affected areas of Tohoku. In early December, former Sumo Star Konishiki will travel to Tohoku to meet with children in orphanages and local kindergartens and present them with toys from "Kony-Santa". Kony-Santa Christmas in Tohoku Project Checklist: We need your donation of New toys for children aged 3 to 6 years old. You can bring them to Kimono and drop off any time between now 11/24 until 12/2 Or Celebrate with us at our special Kony-Santa Brunch! If you bring a toy on 12/2 you can enjoy a free hot cocoa, or hot wine, or mimo…

December 13 FEW's Dazzling Bonenkai

Join us for
FEW’s Dazzling Bonenkai! Thursday December 13, 7:00-10:00A special event for our members, supporters and partners.
Doors open at 7PM for drinks, food and networking and a special night wrapping up 2012!
The FEW Bonenkai is open to friends, partners and supporters. Bring your darling and some friends (men and women) to share in the holiday cheer as we bid farewell to 2012 and welcome the new possibilities 2013 will have to offer.
*  5,000 yen for FEW members 
*  7,000 yen for guests * 11,000 yen for pair tickets => a FEW member with a guest
We encourage you to prepay for your tickets using one of the options listed below. If you pay by Friday December 7, you’ll  get 3 free raffle tickets when you check in at the door (worth 1,000 yen!!!)

Please RSVP by  emailing by December 1 -  be sure to include your full name and the number of people you are bringing.

Balcony Restaurant, in Izumi Garden building, just 1 min from Roppongi 1chome statio…

Tokyo International Players presents Alice

Tokyo International Players (TIP) presents Alice, directed by Liam Shea   Dec 6-9
"We're all mad here!": Alice is having a rough time and her family situation is less than perfect. The world outside her front door seems terrifying, but when a white, mochi-making rabbit grabs her hand and leads her down a washlet, she is pulled into a wonderland she didn't see before. A world where sumo wrestlers recite poetry, expat wives keep pigs for babies, and having a cup of tea is like navigating an obstacle course. 

This interpretation,derived from Lewis Carroll's children's classic Alice in Wonderland, opens at Ebisu Echo Theater and features an extraordinary group of Tokyo talent. Take a trip with Tokyo International Players this winter, and have fun as Alice discovers that home is where the heart is.

Show Times: 

Thursday, December 6th, 7:00PM
Friday, December 7th, 7:00PM
Saturday, December 8th, 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Sunday, December 9th, 3:00PM

Advance Reservation…

Tohoku Planning Forum Workshop with Arup and TPF2 Forum 1 December 2012.

Saturday 1 December.
an all day workshop session with Arup where we will be focused on "execution NOW". It will immediately be followed by a TPF2 Forum. It promises to be an exciting day! Please see the information below.

The venue will be Shibuya offices of Arup. See for all details. The workshop will commence at 1000hrs and finish at 1530hrs. We will have time for a brown bag lunch at about midday. The TPF2 Forum will be held in the same rooms from 1600-1800hrs. As always it will be on ustream too.

Working with Arup we have designed the workshop work around the following parameters:
1. Identifying Actors: What are the concerned actors and their needs, constraints, and opportunities?
2. Extending Principles: How should Ishinomaki's redevelopment principles be extended to transform the city and region in a truly resilient way - with taking local actors into account?
3. Formulating Visions: What are appropriate short-, mid-, long-term strategies and…

Hurricane Sandy - how you can help

the info below has been taken from various site - your help still needed!

Several local agencies will be looking for volunteers to help with the disaster recovery.
New York CaresLong Island Volunteer CenterThe Volunteer CenterNYC Service Organizations seeking supportAmeriCaresWorld Vision
Best Friends Animal Society
Save the Children
Feeding America
Operation USA (Haiti, Cuba and the U.S.)
Direct Relief InternationalInternational Medical Corps (Haiti)Food for the Poor (Jamaica)Alley Cat AlliesSamaritan's PurseHeart to Heart InternationalFeed the ChildrenEpiscopal Relief and Development (Caribbean, U.S.)American Humane AssociationInternational Rescue Committee (Haiti)Catholic Charities USAChildren's Hunger Fund (Caribbean, U.S.)Volunteers of America (Greater New York)  Staten Island Recovers is coordinating "community-powered disaster recover" for Staten Island.  New York Tech Meetup is looking for tech all-stars to lend their skills and help small businesses get their w…

first ever homeless census in Tokyo

Volunteering: Second Harvest Japanwill lead the first ever homeless census in Tokyo December or January, people would use apps to upload information about the location, number of homeless, and number of temporary houses. participatory mapping. create an app in which people can upload information they are tracking in a specific area. For example, the location and status of public rest rooms in a specific area. Users upload information to a data base and a map is created.  Starting with a pilot project in Tokyo then possible expansion  participants would either download an app to enter data or go to a secure website.   The data would be collected both during their normal commute and when assigned an area to check. For example, I live along the Arakawa River. During a bike ride I could check both sides of the river from about Kita-senju to Tokyo Bay. I would upload that information.  All participants would see that information and know that they do not need to cover the same area. There may …

The Real Cost of Suicide' Nov 26

Duco Delgorge has invited you to the event 'Green Mondays - The Real Cost of Suicide' on Green Mondays! Please join us for the final Green Mondays of 2012, on November 26, 7:00pm at Egg, Shin Marunouchi Building.

Time: November 26, 2012 from 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: EGG at ShinMaru Bldg., 10th Floor
Organized By: Duco Delgorge

Event Description:
"The real cost of suicide."  A look at how one suicide can affect society in a large way.
Chris Earnshaw is a long-term expatriate in Japan. He has been the president of Addison Whitney Japan and the Brand Institute Japan, both pharmaceutical consulting companies. Previous to that he worked in Societe Generale as deputy general manager, and in Merck-Banyu and GSK in management roles. His interests include Aikido and playing the 'cello; he is the author of five books and is now completing his sixth, "Practical Homeopathy."
Also, Patricia Bader-Johnston will speak about the making of the Tohoku Comfort Fo…

FEW’s Dazzling Bonenkai!

Thursday December 13, 7:00-10:00
FEW’s Dazzling Bonenkai! Mark your calendars today for a special event we host each year for our members, supporters and partners. Doors open at 7PM for drinks, food and networking and a special night wrapping up 2012! Venue: Balcony Restaurant, in Izumi Garden building, just 1 min from Roppongi 1chome station Map and access info Cost: 5000 yen for FEW members 7000 yen for guests includes buffet dinner and drinks. *** 11,000 pair tickets for a FEW members with a guest The FEW Bonenkai is open to friends, partners and supporters. Bring your darling and some friends (men and women) to share in the holiday cheer as we bid farewell to 2012 and welcome the new possibilities 2013 will have to offer. Please RSVP byemailing us by December 1 -be sure to include your full name and the number of people you are bringing. We’ll also have a raffle with some dazzling prizes! All proceeds for the raffle…

[Urgent] Volunteers Wanted! / ボランティア急募!

Dear Foundation Supporters, Executive Fight Night is coming up in 10 days, on Friday, November 16th, at Grand Hyatt Tokyo! Run for the Cure® Foundation has been selected as a designated NPO, and profits from live auction is entirely donated to the Foundation for its breast cancer awareness activities. Ginja Ninja, the organizer of the Executive Fight Night, is looking for volunteers who can help them with raffle drawing, posting of winning numbers, hand out of prizes to the winners, spotting of bidders at the live auction, etc. Volunteers are kindly asked to work with staff from Run for the Cure® Foundation from 6:00 - 11:30pm. Please contact Kiei Ogata at or 03-6420-0860 for more details and also if you or somebody you know is interested! Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you! ファンデーション・サポーターの皆様 以前ご案内をした11月16日(金)にグランドハイアット東京で開催のエグゼクティブ・ファイト・ナイトの開催日があと10日と迫ってまいりました!ラン・フォー・ザ・キュア・ファンデーションはそのイベントの指定NPOとして選ばれ、ライブオークションでの収益がファンデーションの今後の乳がん啓発活動のた…

YES YOU CAN - Help those affected by Sandy

On these sites and blogs you can find a lot of information of how to help those in need:

* useful local NYC info 
* getting help in NJ
How to apply for assistance
For those of you in need in need of assistance: 1-800-621-FEMA or the mobile app

To find the nearest shelter visit

I have put some excerpts below - this info will be added to the Japan volunteer website later today.

emergency volunteer hotline.
 call  1-800-537-7397 or 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471.
 manual labor -  sign up at
Other volunteer opportunities are availab…

another NGO job!!!

フルタイム / 中途・役職なし
給与についての記載なし 相談可 応募条件
英語: 流暢日本語: 流暢現在日本在住の方に限ります 説明 We are looking for a results oriented, motivated individual. With excellent people skills, computer skills, and English/Japanese fluency. Background in business or social entrepreneurship a plus. Remuneration, accomodation and other benefits available.
Position is Full time, with our NPO that is currently working in Tohoku.

Requirements Include:

- Bilingual, results oriented, energetic
- Computer skills, microsoft office, Mac etc. Wordpress
- Office/ business background
- People skills, professional manner,
- Spend alot of time in Tohoku (based at project site)
- Travel a must
- Excellent communication, teamwork, coordination skills. English teaching experience a plus

Responsibilities Include:
- Event coordinating support
- Project development support
- Liaison with various Organizations & Companies
一般社団法人O.G.A. FOR AID is a grassroots NPO established in response to the disasters of March 11 2…

NGO job and vol opps

NGO jobs and volunteer opps!
3 organizations are looking for full time contract employee 1.Executive Director for the Japan office of an international NGO: at least 10 years professional business experience, will work with corp. leaders, Government officials and NGOs in Japan, and oversee several local NGOs offices overseas. Responsible for daily running and strategic planning for the organization; key representative of the org both domestically and internationally. Responsible for over seeing the financial strategy (fundraising plan). Superior native Japanese communication skills and high-level English skills.
2. Ecumenical director at agricultural training organization in rural Japan Main resp. include fundraising communications with overseas supporters, volunteer and intern mgt. Able to work with people from many different countries and live in a farming environmental. Strong belief in servant leadership and the importance of grassroots empowerment a must. Excellent written English skil…