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Why pair internship?




Why pair internship?


It was my first time to talk to Japanese people about myself seriously ever since I’ve lived in Japan.

This is the words by a foreign student from China during job-hunting interview, I actually heard. He has not made Japanese friends ever since he has come to Japan.  Ive heard lots of stories from more than 1000 forei gn people through job-hunting interviews. What I can say is that his case is no t rare. Many of them study Japanese very hard, and get into universities or vocati onal colleges in hope. At first, they are eager to make Japanese friends. However, they result in losing opportunities to make Japanese friends because they are busy with par-time job and unaccustomed studying. It makes them harder to get in circles and it also makes them have fewer opportunities to get involved with Japanese students. But If, there is a Japanese student who can say something to them friendly



Communicating with a lot of people who have various ways of thinking enables you to understand yourself.


Hanging out with people who have close hobbies and close ideas of you narrows your vision. If you accept different ideas, culture s and hobbies from yours to them, you will have a wider view increasingly. If I was a Japanese student now, I would get along with foreign students aggressively, and I would also convey Japan s good points. All of foreign students like Japanese people and Japan . Thats why they have come here , Japan.


So every Japanese person, lets be the first to communicate with foreign students , and tell them why Japan is good in your mind. Therefore, you can get fans all over the world. When you go to anywhere , your foreign friends will proudly introduce you to their families and their friends. Now, you are at the entrance of such a fun future!


(P air internship operating office      global community chief editor Kazumi Miyazaki)


The 2 nd International Red and White Singing Contest

will be held on Oct. 8 th  in this year



Lets transmit how wonderful Japanese community is toward the rest of the world from TOKYO!


The 2nd International Red and White Singing Contest will be held on Oct. 8 that the large hall of National Olympics Memorial Youth Center as last year. In this year, Japanese students and foreign students will manage it and we welcome participations of people from South America and Africa because there were few last year. Of course as same as last time, we accept participations from any foreign person who loves Japanese songs and any Japanese person who loves foreign language songs. Let s enjoy singing with peers on the stage which accommodate s more than 700 people!


At this time, we also welcome participations from areas which pair internship students will visit.


Looking for participants!!


*Contact us*


The 2 nd International Red and W hite Singing Contest executive com mittee office


Global community       



translated by  Yuki Senga (Sophia Univ.)





Osaka Mayor Hashimoto





New Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Announces National Recruitment for Leaders of City 24 Districts, Will Continue Commuting from Toyonaka City

The Top 10 stories in the Yomiuri Shimbun frequently feature articles about Mr. Tōru Hashimoto, a 42-year old lawyer and father of seven who served as Governor of Osaka Prefecture for the past four years before stepping down to run for Mayor of Osaka City on a platform of integrating the municipal and prefectural governments, which he says have overlapping functions. He soundly defeated the incumbent mayor, who was endorsed by all major political parties except Hashimoto’s own (which is Osaka-only), even the Communists. Now he’s getting to work again.

Mayor Hashimoto Announces National Recruitment for Osaka’s 24 District Leaders
Yomiuri Shimbun: 大阪市の全24区長、全国公募へ…橋下氏が方針
Staff Report December 3, 2011

Osaka Mayor Tōru Hashimoto, who took office November 19, informed municipal headquarters on the 2nd that he plans to recruit leaders for Osaka’s 24 districts from both within the city and without.

Mayor Hashimoto will recruit nationally for people with executive experience and personal ability who would take office next April (the beginning of the new fiscal year). He does not plan to appoint a Vice Mayor. He established the City-Prefecture Unification Committee on November 27 to undertake the consolidation of the two governments’ functions; he is preparing a preliminary budget for the next fiscal year, and in the meantime he is beginning preparations for other projects. But he is also generally continuing former Mayor Kunio Hiramatsu’s major projects, such as the Citizens’ Cooperative.

Sakai City recruited nationally to find one of its seven district chiefs, but Osaka is the first designated [national-level] city to ever recruit nationally for all its district chiefs.

According to those related to the project, Mr. Hashimoto plans to give the district chiefs higher status than even city hall’s bureau chiefs and cast a wide net for people to fill these roles. District chiefs would have the authority to make their own policy and budgets but would have to keep an eye on their own prospects for election or re-election by their residents. The two Vice Mayors who resigned November 18 will not be replaced, as the mayor prefers that district chiefs be the next most important officials after the mayor himself.

New Osaka Mayor Hashimoto to Continue Commuting to Work from Toyonaka City
Yomiuri Shimbun: 橋下新市長、大阪全体の仕事するからと市外在住
Staff Report December 2, 2011

Osaka Mayor Tōru Hashimoto, who took office on the 19th, plans to continue commuting to the city for work from his family’s home in Toyonaka.

Every Mayor of Osaka since 1963 had lived inside the city, and the 18 other mayors of designated cities all live inside their city’s limits. Mr. Hashimoto, a father of seven, chose not to move because it would cause complications for his children’s education. Some members of city hall are opposed, saying “shouldn’t a mayor have firsthand experience of his citizens’ lifestyles?”

According to the Osaka City government, because there is a strong sense that municipal and prefectural legislators should represent the residents of their districts, elected legislators are required by law to live in their own districts and lose their positions if they move away, but the same restriction does not apply to mayors or governors.

That said, the last six mayors of Osaka have lived inside the city: Kaoru Chūma (1963-’71, Abeno District), Yasushi Ōshima (’71-’87, Tennōji), Masaya Nishio (’87-’95, Higashi-Yodogawa), Takafumi Isomura (1995-2003, Higashi-Sumiyoshi), and Kunio Hiramatsu (’07-’11, Suminoe).

Crisis Management
A mayor who lives in the city could respond faster to natural disasters such as earthquakes by assuming control of the disaster response headquarters sooner. Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa walks to work during a monthly “No Car Day” in an appeal to cut CO2 emissions. Sakai Mayor Masao Takeyama walks to work to save money on public transportation.

His Understanding of Citizenship
This April, during a street oratory in advance of elections for the municipal legislature, then-governor Hashimoto said in criticism of the new electoral system for district chiefs that “mayors normally live in their cities. How would it be if a district chief didn’t live in his district?” Before November’s mayoral election, however, when the press corps asked him where he would live if he were mayor, he replied he would continue to “be a citizen of Toyonaka”: “I’m becoming mayor of Osaka to integrate it with the rest of the prefecture, not to simply be its mayor. There’s also the question of where my children would go to school.”


Political earthquake in Osaka




Political earthquake in Osaka

HONG KONG — Toru Hashimoto's huge victory in the Osaka mayoral election was undoubtedly a political earthquake. The question now is how sweeping and powerful will be the tsunami that follows. My worry is that Tokyo, and particularly the political and bureaucratic establishment, does not comprehend the tectonic forces working underground.


The election was the start, not the end, of the action. Hashimoto challenged, and defeated the combined forces of Japan's political establishment. He has now issued another challenge: He wants to be the prime mover and maker of a new political and economic center of power based in Osaka. This could prove, depending on how the old pols and bureaucrats react, either the opportunity to create a twin engine with Tokyo in reforming and reviving Japan, or spark a dangerous squabble between the two biggest regions of Japan that could weaken Tokyo's ascendancy and the whole country.

Hashimoto, a boyish-looking 42-year-old lawyer, father of seven children and self-confessed son of a gangster, has demonstrated that he is a talented, telegenic populist politician with an ability to say something exciting to each generation. His flashes of abrasive and autocratic temperament also suggest someone tempted to take matters into his own hands if he cannot get his own way. Equally dangerously, Japan's political establishment is lost in a daze in a maze without a clue how to find its way out, let alone to deal with Hashimoto's challenge.

Victory proved Hashimoto's strength. The local chapters of the governing Democratic Party of Japan and opposition Liberal Democratic Party joined forces in backing incumbent Mayor Kunio Hiramatsu. The Japanese Communist Party did not field a candidate, but fiercely attacked Hashimoto. Hashimoto, the man of action, swept fuddy-duddy Hiramatsu aside and won almost 60 percent of the vote in an election that attracted the highest turnout for decades.

Before resigning last month as governor of Osaka Prefecture embracing Osaka and 32 surrounding cities, four months before his term expired, to run for mayor, Hashimoto shrewdly nominated his ally Ichiro Matsui, aged 47, to succeed him, and Matsui beat six other candidates to take over the governor's job. Hashimoto's avowed next step is to consolidate the Osaka urban area into a political unity. In the immediate triumph of victory he set himself and Tokyo a deadline of four years to establish the Osaka metropolis.

A lot of what Hashimoto urges makes sense. The idea that Osaka city of the mayoral election is an island of 2.6 million people is a nonsense of artificial boundaries established too long ago. Osaka is the heart of a continuous urban area that embraces not only the eight plus million people of Osaka prefecture, but almost 20 million people in neighboring Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures.

The major campuses of Osaka University are technically in Suita and Toyonaka cities, but they are all part of the same urban sprawl, as close to the center of Osaka as Shinjuku is to Kasumigaseki or Shepherds Bush to the city of London. Technically, Osaka is Japan's third biggest city, after Tokyo, which has 8 million people in the 23 wards of the metropolis and 13 million in Tokyo prefecture, and Yokohama with 3.6 million, though Yokohama and Tokyo are also part of a continuous megalopolis of 30 plus million people.

There is a swirl of daily movement into Osaka — where the city's daytime population is almost 4 million — from Kyoto and Hyogo, which are only 35 and 30 minutes away by train or 17 minutes by Shinkansen. Local lore has it that a cultured person goes to school in Kyoto, works in Osaka and lives in Kobe, the main city of Hyogo.

Hashimoto faces three hurdles before he can see his dream accomplished. The least difficult is to get resolutions in favor of an Osaka metropolis passed in the Osaka prefectural assembly, already controlled by his Osaka Ishin no Kai (Osaka Renewal Group), and by Osaka and Sakai cities. He would also have to win a majority in a referendum of affected people, a constitutional requirement, and would then have to get the central government to revise the Local Government Law.

The last is the most difficult given the attitude of Tokyo politicians that creation of an Osaka metropolis is something for the back burner with the gas turned off. Tokyo-based commentators have glibly said that Hashimoto has shunted himself down a cul-de-sac by becoming a mere mayor. This is a mistake. Hashimoto is a determined guy, who has already threatened to call Osaka city elections, where his group holds only 33 of the 86 seats, to bend the council to his will.

Osaka and Kansai generally have a different, more commercial view of life and its necessities. Tokyo people greet each other with a general "How are you?"; but the typical Osaka greeting is "moukari makka?" or "How much money have you made today?" In the current exigent economic times, the answer is not as much as people would like. Osaka, home to Panasonic, Sharp and the birthplace of the Sumitomo group, is suffering 7 percent unemployment, nearly 30 percent higher than Japan generally.

Hashimoto believes that red tape and too many sluggish bureaucracies obstruct revival of Osaka's economic spirits. But Hashimoto himself is sometimes right in principle, but tends to rush in and get practical things wrong. His abrasive impatience saw him clash with neighboring Hyogo over his desire to close Osaka's Itami airport, most of whose land is in Hyogo. Anyone who has to use expensive, distant Kansai airport with its slow immigration and suspicious customs officials would wish instead that Itami became a second expanding Haneda.

The correct response is to accept that the existing local government administrative boundaries need to change to reflect demographic and social changes, the need to involve local people in decisions affecting them and to boost economic and political reform of Japan.

Encourage Hashimoto to provide practical details of how an Osaka metropolis would work, but also investigate whether a Kansai — and for that matter a Tokyo — megalopolis would work better, not only in terms of efficiency but also government for the people. Set a two year time limit for redrawing the administrative map of Osaka, Kansai and Japan as a whole to create a 21st-century Japan that can be an example of democracy for the world.

It would be a mistake for the established politicians and bureaucrats to sit on their hands and hope that Hashimoto will go away or to obfuscate with talk of general administrative reforms. He has powerful friends, mostly independent-minded politicians who have won office by appealing directly to a public disgruntled with grubby politics as usual. Populist politics would be a dangerous game that Hashimoto might be tempted to play if frustrated. It could unleash a tsunami of popular discontent on Japan's political process.

Kevin Rafferty is author of "Inside Japan's Powerhouses," an account of Japan Inc. and internationalization.


support the exchange students to come Japan safely.



We would like to support the exchange students  to come Japan safely.




Aim For An Educational Nation

We would like to support the exchange students  to come Japan safely.
The press conference to support overseas students had healed by Japanese Language Schools which encourage the post-disaster rehabilitation on 9 May.The editor of the magazine 'Immigrants', Mr.Iwahara who taught me this conference was one of the manager of the organization.By the influence of the earthquake on March,it has been decreasing the number of the exchange students.Comparing last year,
it is estimated that there is 30 to 50% reduction of the number of  candidate for admission refusing or delayed during the first semester,and 70% that during the second semester.Considering that most abroad students learn Japanese at Japanese language schools,it is also expected the drop of population of exchange pupils in universities and colleges.
Of course,the main reason of the reduction is detaining by their families who are anxious about the nuclear accident,or changing the exchange students plans due to concerning the possibility of deterioration.
It is anticipated the slump of the 175000 students now,which means it is not able to avoid the affect of the plan to accommodate of 300000 foreign students,which is one of the strategy of the new growth in Japan.Japanese Language Schools  encouraging the post-disaster rehabilitation are forced to treat this problem immediately and requesting the Diplomacy and government to accompany.The aim is follow that.
1.Collect the letters written by  foreign students to encourage the refugees
2.Recruit the student volunteers to go the disaster stricken area
3.Provide information about the disaster and the unclear power plant in foreign languages
4.Require to the related organizations to construct easy coming and studying from overseas.
However,It has been occurred already that extension of deadline of next term's Japanese residence certification.It is recognized that the plan, 'accommodation of 300000 exchange pupils', is one of the No.1 priority.
The most essential thing is that making Japan more safe and welcoming students who came from foreign countries more than ever.
They might be the people who really would like to study in Japan in spite of unstable Japan.
The effect or influence from exchange students can be quite powerful.When they are accepted by Japanese society,they might spread information about Japan as fabulous country, which is the best way to PR of Japan.
Also,We should appreciate them to study Japanese for a long time ,which might be useful only in Japan.If all Japanese had kept in mind like that, the population of sightseer from abroad could have been over ten million already.
In addition, foreigners are anticipated activity in medical department which is suffering from labor shortage. It is expected that there are more than millions people who want to study and work in Japan, with the system of accepting foreigners.
It is the fastest and the most effective way to stimulate Japan that the procedures of foreigner's accommodation should be more simple to increase them in Japan vastly,because they will contribute to society when they get high education and grow accustomed Japan.

(translated by Aya Kato )

Working Together to Support Japan and Global Community




Working Together

to Support Japan and Global Community

by FAO Director General Jacques Diouf, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and WHO

Director General Margaret Chan

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Atomic Energy Agency

(IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working closely in support of the

Japanese government's on-going efforts to address food safety issues stemming from the

events of 11 March 2011.

FAO Director General Jacques Diouf, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and WHO

Director General Margaret Chan jointly issued the following statement:

Joint FAO-IAEA-WHO Statement on Food Safety Issues following the Fukushima Daiichi

Nuclear Emergency:

FAO, IAEA and WHO are committed to mobilizing their knowledge and expertise in support

of the Japanese government's ongoing efforts address food safety issues stemming from

the events of 11 March.

Additional information on the food safety dimension of events in Japan is contained in

a set of questions and answers developed jointly by FAO, IAEA and WHO.

Since the events of 11 March, thousands of lives have been lost, and many homes and

buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. Japan's

transportation infrastructure has also suffered, and cropland and aquaculture

installations have been degraded or wiped out.

In this situation, damage to the reactors of a nuclear power plant, the resulting risk

of direct human exposure to radiation, and efforts to bring the involved installations

under control have also received priority attention.

Food safety issues are an additional dimension of the emergency. Some food products

sampled at sites both within the Fukushima Prefecture and in adjacent areas have been

contaminated by radioactive materials.

Japan has regulations in place relating to provisional regulatory limits of

radioactivity in food. Food monitoring is being implemented, measurements of

radionuclide concentrations in food are taking place, and the results are being

communicated publicly. Japanese authorities are also giving advice to consumers and

producers regarding safety measures.


quoted from


The Global Community Chips in to Help Japan


The Global Community Chips in to Help Japan

By Caitlin Dickson Mar 15, 2011

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan over the weekend have elicited a swift and substantial response from the global community. Numerous governments, businesses, and individuals have stepped up to help find survivors of the disaster and put Japan back together again. We've compiled an overview of just how much aid Japan is receiving from various governments and organizations who have come forward so far.

The United States
The U.S. has already sent the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, complete with several navy ships, as well as 45 different aircrafts from the Air Force and Special Forces. According to Reuters, $100,000 has already been provided by the U.S. embassy in Tokyo and USAID has about 150 search and rescue workers and 12 dogs searching for survivors among the damage.

The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom initially shipped out "fifty-nine search and rescue experts, four medics and two sniffer dogs on a private charter plane with 11 tons of equipment on board" to Japan the BBC reported on Sunday. Today an additonal 12 volunteers from the International Rescue Corps joined the effort.

China and Taiwan
China's Red Cross Society has pledged $152,000 worth of aid to Japan. According to Taiwan's Taipei Times, the government pledged $300,000 on Friday to aid Japan's recovery from its recent earthquake and tsunami and, on Saturday, upped the amount to over $3 million. Additonally, the paper reports, Taiwan's China Airlines sent "5,100kg of relief supplies, including blankets, sleeping bags, jackets and food rations at Haneda Airport on the same flight that was carrying a 28-member search and rescue team from Taiwan."

Other Countries and International Organizations
According to another Reuters report, 91 countries have offered assistance to Japan, though only 15 of these offers have been accepted based on what Japan really needs. These offers include $50,000 from Afghanistan, 32 Lithuanian search and rescue workers, $1 million and 2,500 woollen blankets from Mongolia, Russian assistance at nuclear plants from the state's nuclear corporation, and 15,000 tons of rice along with $6.58 million worth of "warm clothes, gloves, rubber boots, instant food and other goods" from Thailand, among many others. Additional international organizations such as the "Turkish Red Crescent, Switzerland Humanitarian Aid Response Team, Canadian Medical Assistance Team, Save the Children and Plan Internation," as well as Doctors Without Borders and the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs are all providing money or rescue teams to Japan.

International governments aren't the only ones contributing to Japan's relief efforts. Several Wall Street investment banks have already made large donations to charities organizing rescue programs. The Wall Street Journal reports that Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Jefferies, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America and American Express have all announced large contributions. Substantial donations range from American Express's pledged $100,000 to Goldman Sach's $6.1 million. In addition to promising $1 million dollars, Jefferies is offering its employees "the opportunity to donate their salaries for one day to earthquake relief efforts."

 (quoted from   http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/03/japan-donations/35832/)

lakeland college open college




LAKELAND COLLEGE JAPAN, an accredited American college recognized by the Japanese Education Ministry, is pleased to offer non-degree courses in our new adult continuing education program, Lakeland Open College. We are located near several train and subway stations in the Shinjuku area.

The courses, designed for both Japanese and non-Japanese students, are intended for individuals in the Tokyo Community to expand their knowledge and skills. With a few exceptions, all classes are taught in English. We are excited about our new program and we hope our Open College students will enjoy the classes and benefit from them.

• The Spring term 2011 will begin on January 26 and end on April 2.
• There will be an information session of January 19.


New Technology for Generating Hydrogen from Water



New Technology for Generating Hydrogen from Water

at the Lowest Cost in the World


There are several different methods for generating hydrogen. The most ideal method is said to be generating hydrogen from water.

However, as many researchers have discovered, in practice it is difficult to generate hydrogen from water.
In order to generate hydrogen from water, we must break the bonds between hydrogen molecules and oxygen molecules.
Since these bonds are very strong, a large amount of energy, and therefore a high cost, is required to generate hydrogen.
If it were possible to do this efficiently at low cost, hydrogen could become one of our energy resources in the future.

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