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Club of Children and Students(CCS)

70,000 children of foreign nationalities currently enroll in Japanese School. Children of foreign nationalities cannot get proper educational guidance. We gathered information about CCS which has 6 learning centers as well as summer school inside Tokyo.
CCS operates with the following principles:

(1) Improving the education environment and achieving self-actualization at a global level for kids with foreign cultural backgrounds

(2)Creating a bright future for Japanese kids who accept kids with foreign cultural backgrounds

(3)Reaching a “multicultural society” where diversity is respected as well as creating a “world of peace” where every one can live safely


◆CCS is a NGO organization that supports “kids with foreign cultural backgrounds” such as kids of foreign nationalities, returnees from China, Japanese South American, and kids of mixed blood. We aim to support such groups of individuals who are considered a minority in the Japanese society. We hope that the kids can be proud of their origins and live the way they like with confidence. We also hope that he/she can not only achieve self-actualization but also becomes the role model for kids that share the same background nationwide. In addition, we hope that they can indoctrinate other Japanese children at school and make contributions to creating a multicultural society where diversity and individuality are respected. As a student NGO organization, we hope that students can also lean through volunteer activities, raise their awareness of global citizenship, and build partnerships with kids. At the same time, we also hope that CCS which provides support along with kids can contribute to the improvement of education in the world through stimulating Japanese children and approaching not only the schools but the Japanese society as a whole.

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Club of Children and Students(CCS)
70,000 children of foreign nationalities currently enroll in Japanese School. Children of foreign nationalities cannot get proper educational guidance. We gathered information about CCS which has 6 learning centers as well as summer school inside Tokyo.

language exchange meeting and various international party are planned for international exchange. If you are interested to join,we will send you a invitation e-mail.for further enquiry



The picture of Okubo through the eyes of those that were on a school trip

Okubo has been featured by NHK many times as the place for understanding multiculturalism. As a matter of fact, many students have visited Okubo on school trips in order to gain an understanding of foreign cultures and the coexistence of such. What’s at the top of their concerns?
◆131 students were divided into 28 teams (4~5 people per team) and they visited 51 companies, offices, stores, restaurants, NPO groups and so on that are run by Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Burmese, and Tunisian in the district (Each team visited 2 places). The experience brought the knowledge regarding internationalization that they learned when they were in first and second year all together.

The students arrived at Shokuan-dori on the bus at 11am. They headed towards Lutheran Church under the guidance of Mr. Yamamoto (the representative of Kyojyukon). In the bethel, Mr. Yamamoto handed out the pamphlets about Okubo as well as the maps of the places to be visited and conducted an orientation. There were also greetings from Mr. Hisok Kim, the president of Kanjinkai. After that, the students headed towards their destinations in the rain.

The students experienced through their five senses on the streets where Asian languages can be heard and signs written in Korean can be seen and through the interviews at their destinations. According to their reports, they were most surprised by the existence of a town like Okubo in Japan where people from various countries live in.

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Japanese and Korean Law School Students

ALSA is a non-political student association consisting of law school students from 9 Asian countries/districts. It engages in international academic and cultural exchanges.
The Summer of Japanese and Korean Law School Students

◆As the result of the Korean boom that happened a few years ago, people have familiarized themselves with Korea. Korean lessons and study abroad programs in Korea have also become very popular. At the same time, there is a bitter history where conflicts and invasions took place. Disputes over the Yasukuni Shrine issue and the Takeshima Island still remain due to different perspectives on history.

To what extent can young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow share their understanding regarding Japan and Korea? They can learn about each other through references and the internet, but they can only share a thorough mutual understanding through direct conversations. “Study Trip from Korea to Japan 2007” is a project created with the intention to facilitate academic and cultural exchanges between Japanese and Korean law school students. It will be held from August 15th (Wed) to August 23rd (Thurs). Under the theme “Make some concession now ~ A step towards cooperativeness and friendship”, participants will discuss various issues related to Japan and Korea. In addition, many activities will be conducted to facilitate a mutual understanding. The goal is to build a consolidate relationship that will contribute to the building of a brighter society. On August 19th, the academic meeting will be open to the public where presentations of the discussion results, speech from university professors, and discussions among visitors will be held. We can sense what the future leaders of Japan and Korea are thinking are on that day.

The project will be hosted by ALSA Japan. ALSA Japan is a student organization with the aim to promote integrated growth and the understanding of diversity. In addition to daily academic activities, ALSA has launched a few outstanding projects to promote international exchanges.

For more detail on “Study Trip from Korea to Japan 2007”, visit the following website.

The housing situation in Japan

in the age of multicultural coexistence
- Addressing the problem in the internationalizing Japanese society-
Report on the situation in the Ookubo neighborhood, Shinjuku.

Recently one real estate agency made a major improvement on its’ advertisement posters: where it used to be written “No foreigners allowed” you can now read “Rental inquiries from foreign residents can be considered”.

This improvement in rental regulations it’s not restricted to one particular type of housing, but applies to almost all the different types of housing provided by this real estate agency. Its’ name is “Ethnic town” and it is located in Ookubo, Shinjuku (Ookubo 1-2 chome, Hyakunincho 1-2 chome, Kitashinjuku 1-3 chome).

About 10 years ago, this “No foreigner allowed” policy was common for most Japanese real estate agencies. Let’s see what kind of social context could allow this improvement to happen.

The main factor of this evolution is probably the important increase of the number of foreign residents in the Shinjuku area. Presently ( 2004, Jan.), 29,143 foreigners live in Shinjuku, which represents 10% of the local population, while they were only 14,301 in 1988 during the economic bubble period. And in addition to this doubling of the foreign population (+ 14,842 ), the number of Japanese people living in Shinjuku decreased by 40,514. The structure of the population in the Ookubo neighborhood shows even more diversity, with more than 20% of its inhabitants being foreigners. In Ookubo, the rental demand by foreigners is higher than the demand by Japanese people, and foreigners usually rent apartments for a shorter time that Japanese people. “80% of my clients are foreigners” - says one of the managers of this real estate agency in Ookubo.

Another factor that allowed the improvement of the housing situation for foreigners was the disruption of the balance between supply and demand in the rental market after the economic bubble’s collapse in Japan. The excess of supply over demand lead to changing and improving the rental regulations for foreign residents and made foreigners important clients of Japanese rental businesses. Moreover, the upgrade of old wooden houses into modern apartments and the rejuvenation of the owners of real estate agencies (their change from owners/founders of the business to managers) contributed to the improvement of the rental regulations for foreigners and allowed the rental business in Japan to adapt to this era of multicultural coexistence.

By loosening the regulations concerning foreigners and interacting with them as potential clients, Japanese real estate agencies could realize the groundlessness of their concerns towards foreigners and thus became more flexible and open-minded, which helped to solve a lot of problems. Now most of the real estate agencies in Shinjuku think of changes in thesocial and business environments as a good business opportunity and some of these agencies even started to recruit foreign staff.

The demographic aging of the Japanese society raises the problem of securing new sources of manpower for the future. The boosting of employment opportunities for foreigners is considered to be one of the possible solutions for this problem. In this context, the increase of the foreign population and the growth of the foreign neighborhoods appear to be natural processes.
The Ookubo area, used as an example in this article, is located next to Kabukicho, one of the biggest shopping and entertainment areas in Japan, which has an increasing need of foreign manpower. This makes Ookubo a convenient place to live and one can assume it is the main reason of the increase of its foreign population.

Hagino Masao, Ichii Co, President, Japan Rental Management Association, Chairman of International Exchange Committee

Housing Situation for a Multicultural Era

The system of working holidays "Cultural experiences create people and country!"
I had this handsome Japanese guy for an interview who was willing to apply for position of manager for a guest house. He has the experience of living in France for a year with a working holiday visa which allowed him to stay and work in France. He stayed in a farm there and worked with local French people doing jobs around the farm like chopping wood. Soon after, he went to Morocco and helped in a jewellery store which was aimed at Japanese tourists. In Mongol, he purchased a horse and enjoyed the relaxing lifestyle of a Shepard. Even after getting back to Japan, he went to Okinawa in spring to work at a satoukibi farm and in summer he went to Kushiro to collect seaweed. How he moved around depended on the seasons. He stayed in a dormitory or house but he always had to share the room with someone else.

There are more young people who travel around the world and enjoy their holidays staying at youth hostels or backpackers in different cultures. This system is a special travel system for young people and its main advantage is that they are allowed to work as a part-time employee anywhere they go. Its main purpose is to let young people develop their international perspectives and encourage the understanding and friendship with other countries.

In 1980, Japan made a pact with Australia, after that New Zealand, Canada, Korea, France, Germany and in 2001, with the UK. In 2004, there are 4,932 people who came into Japan and 20,564 people who left Japan for another country by using the working holiday system. The number who arrived in Japan (foreigners) is small compared to those who depart (Japanese). It is around a quarter of those who left Japan (Japanese).

The principal Mr. Kin who has a Japanese school in Kanayama says, "There are so many kids who want to come to Japan and study Japanese or their animation but the truth is that there are not many Japanese kids who want to come to Korea so the visa get restricted and even if they apply for one, they are not able to obtain one. It will be great if more Japanese kids want to come to Korea for a working holiday." The ideal of working holiday between 2 countries would be no big gaps between applicants from both countries. In Holland, when people reach 18, they become independent from their family and to decide their future, they go on a holiday to other countries for about a year. The reason for this to gain the experiences and meet many people through the life abroad to explore their possible directions for the future.

Visit Japan! We hope to offer accommodation and create an environment where it is easy for more foreigners to visit Japan to experience Japanese culture by living in a Japanese lifestyle.

Masao Hagino
"President of Ichii Corporation

Japan Property Management Association
Executive President of International Exchange Organisation


Danish ambassador
Greeting to an audience on the court
Report on the 3rd of March
3rd of March, Danish ambassador Mr. Freddi, his daughter and son came to watch the game.

Before the game, he was introducing himself as a honorary member of the Booster Club with the MC and made the following comments;

About his country Denmark, he said, ""Denmark is a small but beautiful country!

About basketball in Denmark, he said, "We have a professional basketball league in Denmark and there are many players who come from Denmark and play basketball in NBA.
Our team lost the game but he stayed and gave us his full support.

Home-stay in Japan

Home-stay in Japan
What is the reason why the best housing situation for overseas students hasn’t become popular yet?

There are many Japanese people who use the home-stay system when they study abroad. The home-stay is the system where you can experience a different lifestyle as a member of the family by living with an actual Japanese family and it also makes it much easier for you to learn the language. I would say that there aren’t any other living environments which are as good as a home-stay. It also made my life in the US and the UK very meaningful when I was a student.

By the way, how many overseas students in Japan use this system? I have only heard of students using the exchange program where they literally swap their houses in different countries or some students living in home-stay because they already know the people, but nothing else. There is a system at Universities and municipality which introduces home-stay to overseas students but most of these don’t seem to function so well. I asked Chinese and Korean students if they knew anyone who was in home-stay but they said they knew many people in home-stay only in America or Europe but not in Japan.

About three years ago, we took a questionnaire about the living situation in Japan from thirty overseas students at Japanese language school and we asked about the home-stay (total of 23: Korean 13: Chinese 10). Ten answered yes, seven answered no and six cannot decide to the question of “would you prefer to be in a home-stay?” There was one student who answered yes to the question of “do you have an objection to be in a home-stay?” From this questionnaire, we found out that many of them would like to be in Japanese home-stay, especially Korean students.

The reason for this result was so that they can experience a true Japanese lifestyle and it also makes it easier for them to learn Japanese naturally. Other than that, their current living situation had influenced these answers. Thirteen of these students were living by themselves and the other seventeen said they were living with their friends. Many of them were not very satisfied with their current housing situation and there were two issues raised by them. Those who were living by themselves said the rent was too expensive for them and the others who lived with their friends said that they can’t keep their privacy.

About twenty or thirty years ago there used to be few lodging houses where students lived most of the time but they had had gone with the times. These apartments are where people, who were born in the post-war baby boom, lived when they were students. How about their generation let their extra bedrooms to these overseas students as a Japanese home-stay this time around?

Masao gino
President of Ichii Corporation
Japan Property Management Association
Executive President of International Exchange Organisation

Everyone, come and visit Yamamoto school!

Everyone, come and visit Yamamoto school!
Come and meet these great people who have had great experiences! Learn from them and live your life to the full!

Masanobu Yamamoto

While he was working for the Hitachi Zosen Corporation in Northern Europe he carried out the success of an 85% market share and created a legend. He also accomplished the success of an 85% market share in Indonesia. Eighteen years after he joined the Hitachi Zosen Corporation, he was headhunted to the Cahners Exposition Japan. He established the biggest international trade show for business firms in the whole of Asia (e.g. glasses, jewel goods, writing material/office work, hardware box, airline/space business, books, computer-aided publishing, fine particle, beautician/beauty salon/cosmetics, superconductivity and CAI/education) and, once again, led this to the great success. Shortly after he was headhunted to SEGA and made the record of ten times more of earnings for third parties, doubling of earnings in the United States and a 63% market share. He is currently working as a business consultant and an advisor for several enterprises through business management. On the other side, he is active in writing and completes hundreds of lecture circuits each year at university campuses and overseas.

It is a place for you to learn and communicate with other people from different generations. It is organized on the 18th of every month. Everyone is highly-motivated and they make the place lively with their powerful energy. You could call it a meeting for cross-industrial association but it is little bit different from that. Aside from executive committee members of different circles from each university, there are so many great people including Members of Parliament, government bureaucrats, financial leaders, young entrepreneurs, writers, artists, chartered accountants, lawyers, architectures, university professors and athletes and we all get together every time. There are young people, senior people, men and women. You can learn so much by listening to these great people from different age groups and industries every time you come here. There is a variety of great stories that you can not hear anywhere else. Many collaborations have been created between speakers, students and entrepreneurs, which led to the establishment of new companies and organizations. Moreover, the line-up of the meeting is different every time so it’s always fresh and you will be amused all the time. Another aspect of the Yamamoto School is that ambassadors from each country always attend this meeting and it proves the high level of quality of the Yamamoto School. The more meetings we have, the more energised we become. It is regarded in high opinion as a place to understand the essence of Japan and Japan today.

Myself and the Yamamoto School have no specific religion or agenda so we have no specific purpose either. I guess having no purpose is our purpose. Well, if there was a purpose, it would be to make sure your eyes are lit up with the hope of achieving your dreams! According to Mr. Kazuo Noda, the brightest time for us was the Osaka Expo in 1970. I was also very proud of our country developing at the time and showed the guests from overseas around the Expo. However, when I got back from crossing the world on business, I could see no hopes in the Japanese people’s eyes. I would like to encourage getting more people who are full of energy, with their eyes lit up with the hope of achieving their dreams!

Your fatigue and clouded mind will be gone by feeling the air of excitement and meeting the “masters of life” from the Yamamoto School! You will also feel a new found sense of motivation and bravery. You will think, “Okay, I will try as well!” and go with your new found motivation. Your perception of people will change and you will feel that the world you are living in is very small. Because everyone at the school has already experimented in their own way, you will want to launch yourself on the new world and will want to make yourself the main character in your own legend! And you will attend an after-party and say “cheers to my new encounters!” It is very meaningful to attend the Yamamoto School and listen to the lectures but I believe it is also important to attend an after-party and communicate with them in a friendly manner. Your new encounters with people will be very precious.

A summary of Yamamoto School