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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.