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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Canadian schools holding information fair

An information fair for people interested in studying in Canada will be held Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

Some 30 leading institutions, including Simon Fraser University and the University of Calgary, will have representatives manning display booths. There will also be presentations.

A drawing will be held, with the winner getting six weeks of language study at Medicine Hat College in Alberta.

The fair will be held in the Sakura Nishi no Ma Room on the second floor of the venue, which is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi Line or Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line.

Call Canadian Education Alliance at (06) 6281-6137.

Japan Way raising funds for terror victims

The Kyoto-based nonprofit organization Japan Way is raising relief funds for the survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Donations can be sent to the postal account 14480-39379211; account number 7303907 at Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank Honten (head office); or account number 2111488 at Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank's Kyoto branch. All the accounts are under the name "Japan Way Gienkin."

The money will be accepted until the end of this month.

The donations will be sent to United Way of America, the largest fundraising organization in the U.S.

For more information, call Japan Way at (075) 344-4331 or visit its Web page at www.charity.ne.jp

Multilingual information available for foreigners

Foreign residents are invited to a one-day multilingual information service 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the second floor of International House, Osaka in Tennoji Ward.

Information and free consultations on immigration, employment, education, medical services and other issues will be available in Chinese, English, Korean, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

All consultations will be provided in strict confidence, with anonymity guaranteed upon request. No reservations or admission fees are required. In addition, three-minute overseas phone calls will be offered free.

The venue is on Uemachisuji Street, a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi line or Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

Guided tour offered for Kyoto Jidai Matsuri

The Guide Interpreter Volunteer Club is organizing a one-day tour for foreigners to Kyoto's Jidai Matsuri festival Monday.

Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto's three major festivals. About 2,000 people parade in costumes representing each period of the past millennium, from the Heian Period to the Meiji Era. Tour participants will watch the 2-km parade and then visit Heian Shrine or Nijo Castle.

Participants will meet up with guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station.

The cost will be around 3,300 yen for train fare, admission fees and lunch. A 1,000 yen donation will be requested to support the volunteer club's activities.

For reservations, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Women execs to hear personal security talk

Foreign Executive Women, or FEW, an organization for foreign women in Japan, is holding a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Hilton Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The guest speakers, U.S. Vice Consuls Jason Cubas and Stuart Devine, will discuss personal security issues in the aftermath of recent world events.

The cost is 4,000 yen for members and 6,000 yen for nonmembers.

Reservations must be made by Saturday. For reservations and more information, e-mail few-publicity@hotmail.com.

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