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.

Free Medical Checkup for Foreigners August 21st (Sunday)

2016年7月28日 木曜日

Please invite your families and friends!
This coming August 21, APFS and Service for Health Asian and African Region (SHARE) will hold free medical checkup as usual. Every foreigner is able to undergo it. We can prepare a translator. We will not ask about your visa status. You can also consult about child birth and rearing, visa or life problems. We hope many foreigners participate in. So please invite your families and friends to it.

●Date: Sunday 21 August, 2016 1:30-4:00PM ※The acceptance time is until 3:00PM.

●Substance: X-ray of the chest, Blood pressure measurement, Urine test, Physical examination, Medical consultation, Dental consultation, Nutrition consultation, Consultation on child and mother’s health, Consultation on VISA and daily lives.

●Interpretation: English, Chinese, Tagalog, Burmese, Nepali and French

●Venue: Hairaifu-Plaza Itabashi 2F Hall (Itabashi-ku, Itabashi 1-55-16)
(1 minute walk from west exit of Itabashi station on JR Saikyo line or 3 minutes walk from A2, A3 exits of Shin-Itabashi station on Toei-chikatetsu Mita line)

Sponsors: Service for Health Asian and African Region (SHARE),

International symposium Challenge for letting off care worker and supporting foreign residents ―Learning experiences from Philippines and Indonesia―

2016年2月8日 月曜日

Japan is facing drastic aging society and shortage of nursing care professionals is critical issue. APFS has been conducting “Comprehensive Support Project for the Independence of Foreign Residents”, that includes basic nursing care workers training program.

In the international symposium, we will report our program accomplishment and implication regarding this issue. And, we will discuss the current circumstances and share experiences with officials from Philippine government-based organization and Indonesian researcher who studies migrant women issues. In the discussion, we learn about what we need to do to develop system and environment for foreign residents to work as care workers.

This opportunity will provide us to think about foreign residents who involved with our project can play roles among prospective foreign care workers and Japanese care work professionals and care workers.

Date  5th March, 2016 (Saturday) 14:00-17:15
Place  Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 8 Room 8101
Transportation 10 mins walk from “Ikebukuro” station” West exit
Get together Having get together from 17:30 (Building12 B1F 3rd and 4th Meeting room).
Participation fee is 3,500JPY Please join us.
Limit 100 people

【How to apply】Please send an email titled “Application for International symposium” to us (, with your name, occupation/work place/university, email address and whether you attend the get together or not.
【Deadline】29th February, 2016 (Mon)

【Contact us】
TEL 03-3964-8739 FAX 03-3579-0197
E-mail WEB

Content (TBO) ※Simultaneous interpretation is available.
<1st Part> Challenge for letting off care worker –from experiences of Philippine and Indonesia-
14:00~14:10 Opening remarks
        Dr. Tetsuo MIZUKAMI(Prof. of Rikkyo University Dept. of Sociology)
14:10~14:40 Challenge regarding letting off care worker from Philippines to Japan
        Ms. Ivy Miravalles(Commission on Filipino Overseas, Director)
14;40~15:10 Challenge regarding letting off care worker from Indonesia to Japan
        Dr. Sulistyowati Irianto(Prof. of Indonesia University)
15:10~15:30 Question and Answers

<2nd Part> What is the role of foreign residents regarding receiving prospective care workers?
15:40~16:00 Report of “Comprehensive Support Project for the Independence of Foreign Residents”
16:00~17:05 Panel Discussion
        Mr. Bunji INOUE(I helper school(Youko Care College)principal)
        Dr. Chizuko KAWAMURA(Prof. of Daitobunka University)
        Ms.Natsuko MINAMINO(Fulltime Lecturer of Showajoshi University)
        Mr. Yoshiaki NORO(Prof. of Rikkyo University Dept. of Sociology)
        Dr. Tetsuo MIZUKAMI
        Ms. Ivy Miravalles
Dr. Sulistyowati Irianto
17:05~17:15 Closing Remarks
        Jotaro KATO(NPO ASIAN PEOPLE’S FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, representative)

Sponsors Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies, Rikkyo Institute for Peace and Community Studies
Backup Toshima city, Japanese Association of Certified Social Workers, Tokyo Council of Social Welfare
Subsidized by Welfare And Medical Service Agency

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