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Sunday, May 11, 2003

KANSAI: Who & What

'Manga' symposium part of EU-Japan week: A symposium to discuss the influence of "manga," Japanese animated comics, in Europe will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 25 at the International House, Osaka, in the city's Tennoji Ward.

"Perception of Manga in Europe" is part of the EU-Japan Friendship Week, a series of events to promote the European Union in Japan, and will include a panel discussion among four European manga experts: Julien Bastide, a comic critic from France; Jens Balzer, a critic from Germany; Roger Sabin, a lecturer in cultural studies from Britain; and Marc Bernabe, a manga translator from Spain. Japanese manga critic Tomofusa Kure will also take part, and the discussion will be in Japanese.

Admission is free. Those wishing to attend must send a postcard stating their name, address, phone number, profession (the name of a company, school or other institution to which you belong, if any) to Osaka Kokusai Koryu Center (International House Osaka Foundation) at 8-2-6, Uehon-machi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, 543-0001. Applications can also be made via fax or e-mail. Fax (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail: kikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

The deadline for applications is May 16.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8182.

Get your sneakers on for Kyoto charity run: A charity marathon will be held on June 1 at Takaragaike Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The Kyoto Charity Fun Run, formerly called the Arashiyama Charity Fun Run, has been held annually for 17 years. Starting times differ depending on the distance being run, with the full marathon (42.195 km) starting at 9 a.m., the half-marathon (21.097 km) at 10 a.m. and the 10 km, 5 km and 2.5 km races starting at 11 a.m. Runners will also be able to jog for unrestricted distances. All entry fees will be donated to two nongovernmental organizations to support their activities in developing countries.

Entry fee is 200 yen for elementary school students and younger, 500 yen for junior high and high school students, and 2,000 yen for adults. The fee must be sent by postal transfer at the post office, stating the participant's name, address, phone number, the distance to be run and the participation class from the following: adult; junior high or high school student; or elementary school student or younger. If applicants are members of a group, all the runners' names, distances and age groups must be submitted.

The account number for payments is 00980-5-26854 and the name is Charity Fun Run Executive Committee. The deadline for applications is Friday.

When an application is received, a certificate postcard will be sent in return. The postcard must be brought to the race.

Entrants should be at the main office for the event, at the Ikoi no Mori area of Takaragaike Park, at 8 a.m.

For more information, call the executive committee at (075) 241-0674, fax (075) 241-0682 or visit its Web site: www.kyoto-nicco.org

Belgian diplomat's wife to compare cultures: Flanders Center, a liaison office representing the Belgian regional government of Flanders, is hosting a lecture by Lieve Van Eeckhout, wife of the consul general of Belgium, at 6:30 p.m. on May 23.

The lecture is being held at the organization's offices, located on the third floor of the International House, Osaka, in the city's Tennoji Ward.

Van Eeckhout first arrived in Japan as a student and later returned as the wife of the consul general. At the lecture, titled "Looking at Belgium and Japan with Different Eyes," she will discuss the differences and similarities between the two countries that she experienced as a student, wife and mother of two children.

The lecture will be in English and translated into Japanese. A classical concert and party with Belgian beer and food will follow.

The participation fee is 3,800 yen and reservations are required in advance.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8850, or e-mail: info@flanders.jp

Lawyer to detail legal differences to FEW: Foreign Executive Women in Kansai, a networking organization for foreign career women in the Kansai region, will hold its monthly dinner meeting from 6 p.m. on May 29 at the Hilton Hotel in Osaka's Kita Ward.

Guest speaker Lucinda Lohman-Oota will comment on her experiences as a lawyer both in Japan and the United States, focusing on the differences in the legal systems and the roles of lawyers in each country.

The fee is 4,000 yen for members and 5,000 yen for nonmembers. Reservations are required by May 24.

For reservations and details, call or fax the organizer at (0797) 25-4435, e-mail: few publicity@hotmail.com, or visit the Web site: www.fewkansai.com

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