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.

Helpline for Foreigners TEL:03-3964-7955

2016年11月28日 月曜日

We are waiting for your calls.
12/10, 12/11, 1/21, 1/22 12:00-17:00

Do you have any concerns such as status of residence, unpaid wage, dismissal, discrimination at work, refugee issue, domestic violence and poverty? We APFS have been helping people from overseas for 29 years and now open “Helpline for Foreigners” in order to protect your lives.

You can easily make a phone call because we conduct the helpline on Saturday and Sunday. We also have interpreters for your language.

Please call us to make progress toward solving your problems.

Date :
Saturday December 10th
Sunday December 11th
Saturday January 21st
Sunday January 22nd

Time : 12:00-17:00
Language : Japanese, English
(Chinese, Tagalog and Nepali can be translated.)

*This phone consultation is free of charge.
*Please clarify your topic and prepare notes in advance.
We hope to receive phone calls as many people as possible.

Specified Nonprofit Corporation
TEL: 03-3964-8739
FAX:  03-3579-0197

Supported by The Tokyo Metropolitan Government in fiscal year 2016

Crowd funding project “Community Leader Training Program for Foreign Residents”

2016年10月17日 月曜日

Please join us by your donations.
Here is English version explaining crowd funding project “Community Leader Training Program for Foreign Residents” .
Please have a look! If you are interested in, please support us by your donations.

Join us! Community Leader Training Program for Foreign Residents

2016年8月5日 金曜日

Please join us!
Get the flyer in English

A few sheets are still available.
Please apply for NOW!

Now in 2016, there are more foreign residents in Japan than ever before. More of them have become long-term residents who have lived in Japan for 10, 20 years and even more.

Considering Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic, more and more people from abroad will be coming to Japan.

Among the new foreigners that have come to Japan, some are facing with difficulties in life in Japan. On the other hand, some of the foreigners who have lived in Japan for years have already knowledge and experiences of having overcome the issues as well.

With our strong wish to build a system that “foreigners help foreigners”, we will start “Community Leader Training Program for Foreign Residents”. The program participants will learn about the relevant law and regulations and the Japanese social welfare system that are helpful in helping foreign residents in Japan.

Also in this program, tips on translating and collecting information will be introduced. These knowledge will be surely of great benefit in your everyday life. If you are someone who has a foreign nationality and is a long term resident in Japan, would you like to try to use your life experiences for others? We look forward to your application!

The program schedule Starting from September 3rd (Sat) to the end of March, 2017
Twice a month, both from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturdays
Location: A meeting room at Itabashi ward Green Hall (the number of the meeting room will be announced before September 3.)
(7 min walk from Ooyama stn on Tobu Tojyo line/ Itabashi kuyakushomae stn on Toei Mita line)
fee: free of charge
the number of seats: 20
■Anyone with foreign nationality. Because sessions are all done in Japanese, participants need a basic Japanese comprehension skill. Japanese with foreign background are also accepted.

Features of the program
✔All the sessions in the program are scheduled on Saturday evenings, which allows you to participate in the program after work.
✔All the teachers have experiences working with foreigners. The Japanese is designed to be simple for non-Japanese native speakers to participate in.
✔The class materials will be with Ruby text (hiragana, katakana) on all Kanji. The English version will be also prepared as an aid to your understanding, so please don’t worry about the language too much, just feel free to join us!
✔In addition to the in-class sessions, participants will have a chance to see part of APFS consulting services (a temporary hot line for foreigners) as a field study. The hotline service will be available in December and January. Participation in the field study is optional.

Class topics and Schedule
Part 1  on Saturday, Sep. 3
“LAWS / REGULATIONS 1 Status of residence(VISA) ”
Ms.Chie Komai Lawyer, Milestone Law Office

Part 2  on Saturday, Sep. 17
“LAWS / REGULATIONS 2 Handling International domestic affairs/troubles”
Ms.Masami Kittaka Lawyer, Toranomon Law and Economic Offices

Part 3  on Saturday, Oct. 8
“LAWS / REGULATIONS 3 Labor (focusing on Labor Standards Act) ”
Ms. Kumiko Ara Labor and Social Security Attorney Hibiya Station Social Insurance Labor Consultant Office

Part 4  on Saturday, Oct. 22
“MEDICAL PROBLEMS-When foreigners get ill and contract a disease”
Mr. Toshio TAKAYAMA, Medical social worker of Hiranokameido Himawari Clinic

Part 5 on Saturday, Nov. 5
Ms. Akiko ONISHI, Associate Prof. of Tokyo University International Center

Part 6 on Saturday, Nov. 19
“SOCIAL WELFARE SYSTEM-the safety net of protecting foreign people”
Ms. Natsuko MINAMINO, Full-time lecture of Syowa Women’s Univ. Human Sociology

Part 7 on Saturday, Dec. 3
“SCHOOL EDUCATION-What and how do teachers really think about at schools?”
Mr. Osamu FUKUMOTO, High School teacher in Kanagawa Pref.

Part 8 on Saturday, Dec. 17
“NECESSARY JAPANESE WORDS FOR SMOOTH COUNSELING FOR FOREIGNERS-Tips and advice from communications with officials and schools”
Ms. Yuka NAKAYAMA, Part-time Prof. of Rikkyo Univ. and Waseda Univ.

Part 9. on Saturday, Jan. 7
Ms. Risa YAMASHITA, Interpreter

Part 10 on Saturday, Jan. 21,
“DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION-Let’s build a horizontal relationship besides vertical one learning in workshop style”
Mr. Yoshihito KINOSHITA, Executive director of Kanagawa development education center

Part 11 on Saturday, Feb. 4
“MULTICULTURAL SOCIAL WORK-Social resource to use in counseling”
Mr. Viktor VIRAG, Cooperative research staff of Japan college of social work social work research institute

Part 12 on Saturday, Feb. 18
“How Journalist gathers and spreads information?”
Mr. Tomohiro OSAKI, Staff writer of The Japan Times

Part 13 on Saturday, Mar. 4
“CAREER FORMATION-Let’s think about your future life in Japan”
Mr. Kenji MAKITA, Former career counselor of Tamagawa Univ.

Part 14 on Saturday, Mar. 18
“RULES OF COUNSELING-when giving advice”
Mr. Katsuo YOSHINARI, Director of Asian Community Takashimadaira

how to apply
Please email or fax to APFS(our contact info is given at the end) and provide ①your name ②your professional organization ③nationality ④the number of years you have been in Japan ⑤your cell phone number ⑥your address ⑦short essay: please write about why you would like to take this program. It should be within 200 letters in Japanese or 100 words in English)

■Partial participation is welcomed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

E-mail TEL 03-3964-8739 FAX 03-3579-0197 WEB

※We are currently applying for a grant supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in fiscal year 2016 for this project.

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