Upcoming Events (updated 9/26)



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Help Hiroshima

Donate to help disaster victims in Hiroshima!hiroshima

The death toll from mudslides in the city of Hiroshima jumped to 71 on Wednesday, with at least 15 people still missing. Nearly 1,000 people out of about 1,300 evacuees are sheltered in nine local elementary schools: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/27/national/hiroshima-slide-toll-rises-66-dead-21-missing-mayor-admits-delayed-alert/#.VAAfDPldV8E

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California has formally joined the efforts of Hiroshima Prefecture and various Hiroshima-based NGOs and NPOs in the effort to raise funds in support of the victims of the disaster that befell the local community and residents in northern Hiroshima.

Anyone interested in joining in this effort, please send donations to:

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California
(payable to “Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of SC”; please write “JET Program Alumni” in the memo)
Attention: Mr. Takami Igawa – HKSC President
712 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This fundraising drive will be carried through the end of September (September 30, 2014).

All funds collected in this drive will be sent to Japan Red Cross Hiroshima Office for distribution to the disaster victims.

For any inquiry, please contact Dr. Charles Igawa, HKSC Secretary via email at <icigawa@gmail.com> or via (562) 818-7857.


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A message from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan:womenomics

We hope you have spent an excellent time during the summer and are enjoying the advent of autumn.

We have just issued a special “Womenomics” edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine. The magazine introduces various Japanese women shining in Japan and the world, together with the initiatives taken in Japan to improve social environment for women and to promote active participation of women at work.

The magazine was also distributed at World Assembly for Women (WAW! 2014) which was held in Tokyo on Sep. 12-14.

Womenomics Edition is available as PDF and e-book. Please visit the following link to download the magazine.


* We Are Tomodachi is a magazine published with the aim to further deepen understanding of the initiatives of the Government of Japan and the charms of Japan.

We very much hope you will enjoy and have a deeper understanding about Japan.

Please share the magazine with your friends and family, and we look forward to hearing your opinions.

Please feel free to send us any comments at the following address: public.relations@cas.go.jp

We will continue to publish We are Tomodachi magazine to coincide with the changing seasons. Please also look forward for the next exciting and interesting articles.


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JETAA Book Club (9/24)

JETAA Chicago Book Club update! We rescheduled this month’s discussion as follows:shutingout

  • Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Location: 2nd Floor of Argo Tea in the Theater District (16 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601)

Our September non-fiction selection is “Shutting out the Sun: How Japan Created its own Lost Generation” by Michael Zielenziger. It’s sure to provide plenty of discussion points!

If you want to get a head start on the book we’ll be discussing in October, we will be reading “The Briefcase” by Hiromi Kawakami.

Let us know you’re coming by e-mail info@jetaachicago.com, or join the Facebook group.


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