International Workshop - 21 Feb 2014

  • Date

  • Location

    Meguro Persimmon Hall (address: 1-1-1, Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
  • Organizers

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), International Organization for Migration (IOM)

- Advance together with Young Foreign Nationals - Challenge for Future Generations -

{link: http://www.iomjapan.org/img/usr/MOFA_Workshop_Feb2015_e.pdf}PDF version of the announcement of the workshop→

Time and Date: 13:30 – 17:00, Friday, 21 February 2014 (doors open at 12:30)
Venue: Meguro Persimmon Hall (address: 1-1-1, Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
Organisers: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Supporters: Meguro City, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)


With international globalization and a society with declining birthrate and aging population, it is indispensable for Japan to utilize skills and talents of foreign nationals in order to promote the growth of the Japanese economy. The government is promoting growth under the “Japan Revitalization Strategy” by increasing the number of foreign tourists to Japan by relaxing visa requirements and promoting the country as a tourism destination, as well as by accepting highly skilled foreign professionals to Japan.

Looking at foreign nationals already residing in the country, particularly young people ,it is certain that some have successfully adapted to their Japanese communities and contribute to the economy while others struggle to integrate, with some dropping out of school or becoming involved in criminal activity.

If young foreign nationals' integration into the Japanese society facilitated, it would certainly contribute not only to the economic growth of Japan including the promotion of local economies and a safe and secure society, but it would also foster strong diplomatic relations with other countries.

The workshop will discuss the following three issues under the overall theme of ‘advance together with young foreign nationals - challenge for future generations’:

   ●Language (Japanese and mother tongue) and international cooperation;
   ●Role of communities in local areas; and
   ●Role of Japanese business sector


* English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided

13:30 Introduction
13:35 Opening Remarks by Mr. Hirotaka ISHIHARA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (TBC)
13:40 Keynote Speech by Amb. William Lacy SWING, Director-General of IOM

(13:55 15 min. break)

14:10 Presentation by a guest foreign expert
 Prof. Dr. Han Entzinger, Department of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam
14:30 Case study A: Presentation by
 Ms. Ai FUKUDA, nurse, Teikyo University Hospital
14:45 Case study B: Presentation by
 Mr. Rodrigo IGI, teacher, Homi Junior High School, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture

(15:00 20 min. break)

15:20 Panel Discussion (including Q&A)
 Chair: Mr. Shinji YAMADA, Executive Commentator, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
  Mr. Alberto MATSUMOTO, CEO, IDEA Network Consulting
  Ms. Seiko OSUMI, Deputy Senior Vice President and Deputy Division Director, Human Resources Office, Lawson,Inc.
  Ms. Yoshimi KOJIMA, Associate Professor of Depertment of Education, Aichi Shukutoku University
  Ms. Marian Jocelyn R. TIROL-IGNACIO, Minister and Consul-General, the Embassy of the Philippines in Japan
  Mr. Hideki WAKABAYASHI, Associate Professor of Faculty of International, Utsunomiya University

16:50 Closing Remarks
 Ms. Mari MIYOSHI, Director-General, Consular Affairs Bureau, MOFA

17:00 End

Workshop venue

Meguro Persimmon Hall (Small Hall,B1)
(address: 1-1-1, Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
[By train]
- 10 minutes from Shibuya station: Tokyu Toyoko Line: Shibuya (local) → Toritsu Daigaku Station
- 20 minutes from Yokohama station: Tokyu Toyoko Line: Yokohama (limited express) → Jiyuugaoka (local) → Toritsu Daigaku station
[By bus]
Tokyu bus : please get off at Meguro Kumin Campus
- From Shibuya: Shibuya station <渋34>→ Tokyo Iryou Center
- From Tamagawa: Tamagawa station<多摩01>→ Tokyo Iryou Center
- From Meguro: Meguro station<黒07>→ Tsurumaki Eigyosho
- From Sheijogakuen: Seijogakuen mae station<都立01>→ Toritsu Daigaku Eki Kitaguchi

Access to the hall
From the Toritsu-daigaku Station please turn left and go straight to Meguro-dori Ave. which is a few meters away from the station, cross the Toritsudai-ekimae intersection and go straight about three hundred meters. You will see “Meguro-kumin Campus” on your left. The Meguro Persimmon Hall is in the Campus.

* Please use public transportation to travel to the venue.


Registration deadline by Friday, 14 February 2014

Please note that the registration period for the workshop is over.

- Advanced registration is required for attending the workshop. Those without advanced registration will not be admitted to the workshop.
- Personal data submitted to the secretariat shall be properly administered and used exclusively for the purpose of the management of the workshop.
- The secretariat will not send emails, fax, etc. to confirm the receipt of registration.
- The registrants will be notified by the secretariat in case they are not able to attend the workshop because of limited seating.