Hi Blog. Forwarding from Ali in Saitama. FYI. Debito in Tokyo
Hello, I have already announced the upcoming event this Saturday, “Wakuwaku Fiesta” in Urawa. (Please see below.)
In the 1st half of the event, we will have Open Forum where there are 6 panelists with one coordinator discussing issues how to make Saitama city a better place for both Japanese and non-Japanese. One of the panelist is Arudou Debito. He is famous for his lawsuit against an onsen facility in Otaru, Hokkaido. He is a human rights activist for non-Japanese in Japan. There are many pros and cons for his activities, but this is a good chance to see him directly and talk with him. There is a casual party after the forum. If you have a chance, please come and give us your opinions!
Arudou Debito’s site is http://www.debito.org/
Ryoji Shimada, SIEN
SIEN is in the committee members, Saitama City International NGO Network, which organize this event.
2008 Wakuwaku Fiesta
Wakuwaku fiesta is an open forum to promote mutual understanding between Japanese and non- Japanese citizens of Saitama. We will have our own suggestions and find solutions to commonly encountered day-to- day problems. Together we hope to help build Saitama City as “Foreigners’ favorite City to live in”! With a diet member involved, you can express your ideas like how to improve foreigner’s rights to a country policy level.
Date: January 26, 2008
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 「Open Forum」
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm 「small party; Charity Auction; Welcome Kit (free) to non-Japanese participants」
Place: 9th floor of PARCO URAWA building Meeting Room 15 (PARCO is a newly built department store on the east side of Urawa station)
Fee: FREE (anyone is welcome)
Organizer: Saitama City International NGO Network Co-organizer: The Saitama City Association for Global Awareness (SAGA)
Support: Saitama City Office, Saitama City Board of Education, The Saitama Chuo Junior Chamber, Inc. (Jaycees) For more information contact: S A G A Office
Tel : 048-813-8500 Fax : 048-887-1505