Free Health Consultation for Foreign Residents

2020年1月6日 月曜日

Free Health Consultation for Foreign Residents

1. Date and time: February 9, 2020 (Sunday), 1pm to 4pm
2. Place: A.P.F.S. Office (56-6-301 Oyama Higashimachi, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo)
3. Nature of health consultation:
(1) Interview by a doctor (please prepare medical certificates or images in advance)
(Medical Corporation Association Kikoukai, Nishio Hospital, Mitsumi Ikeda M.D. )
(2) Blood pressure measurement
(3) Urine analysis
(4) Height and weight measurement
4. Number of people to be consulted: 20 foreign residents (reservation required)
5. Supported languages: English, Bengali, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, and possibly others
6. Reserve by telephone, fax or email to A.P.F.S. Please give us the necessary information, such as name, language, symptom or illness you want to consult on.

Sponsor / Inquiry / Reservation Application:
Telephone:03-3964-8739 FAX:03-3579-0197

APFS panel discussion entitled “Undocumented Resident Children Now” will be held

2019年11月27日 水曜日

On December 22 (Sunday) from 6pm at Itabashi Green Hall Room 601, we will hold a panel discussion entitled “Undocumented Resident Children Now ~ the meaning of undocumented for us”. Currently, as the Immigration Bureau’s attitude toward undocumented residents becomes stricter, there is an increasing focus on the children of those undocumented residents. Please join us.

Place and Time:
Time: December 22 (Sunday) doors open at 6:00pm; 6:15pm – 8:00pm
Place: Itabashi Green Hall Room 601
500 Yen entrance fee

Facilitator: Tetsuo Mizukami (Rikkyo University, Faculty of Sociology professor)
NYAN LINN NAING (Myanmar citizen)
SAMAUPAN JOHN CHANIEL (Filipino citizen)
Natsuko Minamino (Toyo University, Faculty of Life Design professor)
Mayumi Yoshida (APFS representative directory)

Lecture Series hosted by APFS

2019年9月11日 水曜日

Please join us for the 20th Gathering of Migrant Laborers!

2019年4月10日 水曜日

Please join us for the 20th Gathering of Migrant Laborers!

The new Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act will come into effect this April, and henceforth many new foreign laborers, i.e. migrant laborers, will be coming to Japan. However, this revision has been passed without much serious consideration. Foreign laborers in Japan up to now have suffered from unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, and discrimination at work, among other injustices. Technical trainees have had their hopes crushed by the contradictory program under which they work.

For their own sake, and the sake of future workers, foreign laborers working in Japan must raise their voices and assert their rights.

Let’s gather together this year as well, and raise our voices for justice!

20th Gathering of Migrant Laborers
Date and Time: April 28 (Sunday), 2019, 6:00pm
Place: Itabashi Ward Green Hall, Room 601
Keynote: Mayumi Yoshida (APFS representative), reports from the actual laborers, others
Contact: Asian People’s Friendship Society (APFS), Phone: 03-3964-8739

APFS held a round-table discussion with actual foreign laborers.

2019年3月6日 水曜日

On March 2, 2019, APFS held a round-table discussion entitled “The Voices of Current Foreign Laborers Prior to the New Laborer Influx”. To get a better picture of the lives of current foreign laborers in various industries, we invited Mr. Chaklader of a management consulting company, Ms. Lee, a software developer for an IT company, and Mr. Maung Hla Thein, a former technical trainee for a construction company, to talk about their experiences in Japan. They spoke of difficulties communicating with co-workers due to language and work-culture differences, the hassle of constantly having to renew their visas, and the ongoing problem of unpaid wages in the technical trainee program. They mentioned that they, and their friends who immigrated to various other countries, increasingly use social media to exchange information about their living conditions and livelihood in those countries. They pointed out that since the wage disparity between Japan and other Asian high-economic growth countries is decreasing, laborers like themselves take into account not only the actual wages paid, but also the living and working conditions when choosing which country to immigrate to.

APFS representative, Ms. Yoshida, then explained the details of the revised Immigration Control Law, effective April, and how it would affect the future handling of undocumented residents, referring to government published data and statistics handed out during the meeting. While it had been speculated by many undocumented residents that the granting of Special Permission to Stay, a pardon status that can be granted to undocumented residents, would increase, Ms. Yoshida showed that, on the contrary, the granting of this pardon was in considerable decline, and that the wording of the revised Immigration Control Law implied that this trend would continue. Furthermore, Ms. Yoshida showed that the Ministry of Justice has shown an increased willingness to swiftly deport those under review, as well as prolong the detention period for those in detention. APFS opposes this trend, and is considering submitting its proposal to the Ministry of Justice. We plan to make an appeal to legalize the status of current undocumented residents who are deeply rooted and living in Japanese society, prior to the influx of new foreign laborers.

The revised Immigration Control Law, effective April, will have have an impact in ways that are still unpredictable. We at APFS will continue to do our best to listen to the stories of those concerned.

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