FY2020 International Forum on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan

  • Date

  • Location

    Zoom webinar (Advanced registration is required)
  • Organizers

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


“Disseminating Information to Foreign Residents in Japan: Issues and Challenges Seen in COVID-19 Pandemic”


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Time and Date:   Thursday, 25 February 2021, hours: 13:00 - 17:00

Web meeting:   Zoom webinar (Advanced registration is required)

Host Organizations:   Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Support Organizations:   Ministry of Justice, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)



MOFA and IOM have been hosting annual “International Forum on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan” since 2005, aiming at providing opportunities to discuss challenges and measures relevant to initiatives for the purpose of deepening understanding on of the issues regarding integration of foreign nationals among Japanese society.

The number of foreign residents in Japan is about 2.9 million in mid-2020 and is expected to increase. Under Covid-19 pandemic situation, foreign residents are often put in a vulnerable situation in terms of accessing to the necessary information such as the prevention measures, and means to gain access the public supports due to their social and linguistic background, which calls for prompt response. Furthermore, with increase of the foreign residents, the variety of languages in use are more diversified. The government agencies, hospitals, and business communities face the challenges of how to address the multilingual situation, and various efforts including a use of the “plain Japanese” have been introduced.

This year, the forum will discuss under the theme of “Disseminating Information to Foreign Residents in Japan: Current Situation and Issues seen in COVID-19 Pandemic”. The forum will invite speakers from Japan and abroad and they will share the views, good practices and challenges regarding the theme.We are sincerely looking forward to seeing all of you in online web seminar.



 [Part 1]

13:00  Introduction to forum proceedings

13:05  Opening Remarks by

           Mr. Konosuke Kokuba, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

13:10  Keynote speech by

           Mr. António Vitorino, Director General of International Organization for Migration

13:25  Presentation by

           Dr. Sharon Harvey, Associate Professor of Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand


13:45  Break


[Part 2] Presentation of Good Practices

14:00  [Foreign Residents and the Covid-19]

           Mr. Yuji Yamamoto, Manager, DS in Japan Company

14:15  [Plain Japanese in Healthcare Field]

           Yuko Takeda MD PhD FACP MSc, Department of Medical Education, Juntendo University         

14:30  [Internal communication in the work place and Plain Japanese]

           Mr. Yasuhiro Inoue, CEO, Hiro Food Service

14:45  Q & A session


15:00  Break


[Part 3]

15:15  Panel Discussion

Theme: Dissemination of Information to Foreign Residents Living in Japan and "Plain Japanese”



Mr. Keizo Yamawaki, Professor, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University


Ms. Terumi Yamaguchi, Mayor of Ikuno City, Osaka

Ms. Midori Nii, Citizen's Network for Global Activities

Ms. Nina Hakkarainen, Chair, the Foreign Women’s Association, Paruyon

Mr. Masahiro Ishikawa, President, Somic Ishikawa Inc.



16:55  Closing Remarks by

           Mr. Mikio Mori, Director-General of the Consular Affairs Bureau, MOFA 


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Organizer Information

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

  International Organization for Migration (IOM)