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Sunday, May 30, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Info on studying abroad available at Kobe fair: The Japan Student Services Organization is hosting a fair in Kobe on June 5 and June 26 to provide information for Japanese who want to study abroad.

Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hyogo International Students' House (Hyogo Ryugakusei Kaikan) in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The first is for English-speaking countries, such as the United States, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The June 26 fair is for countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

General and specific information about studying abroad will be provided through individual consultations with representatives from each country's government, as well as seminars, printed materials and videos. Participants will also be able to talk to Japanese people who have studied abroad themselves.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

The venue is a three-minute walk from Iwaya Station on the Hanshin Line or a five-minute walk from Nada Station on the JR Line.

For more information, call the organizer's information center at (078) 242-1742, e-mail kaigai@aiej.or.jp or visit its Web site at www.jasso.go.jp.

Free consultations address multiple issues :The Kyoto City International Foundation is organizing free consultation sessions for foreign residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 6 at its facility in Sakyo Ward.

Lawyers and other specialists will offer advice on problems often facing non-Japanese residents, including those pertaining to law, immigration, tax, social insurance and employment. Interpreters speaking Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish and Thai will be present. Interpreters will be arranged for other languages if requested.

The consultations are free, but reservations are required.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

English-language tours exploring Kyoto offered :Guided excursions to Kyoto for English-speaking foreigners are being offered June 13 and 20.

On June 13, participants will tour historical places related to Shinsen-gumi, a security force in Kyoto that worked for the Tokugawa family in the final years of the shogunate.

The June 20 outing will be a visit to Kurama Temple in Sakyo Ward to observe a bamboo-cutting Buddhist ceremony.

For both tours, participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto Tourist Information Office, on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station building.

Participants will be required to pay the actual cost of the tour, and another 1,000 yen will be accepted as a tip.

The tours are reserved for non-Japanese only.

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

Symposium to address education problems :The Japan Foundation's Kyoto office is hosting a two-day symposium on education June 11 and 12.

Specialists from France, Germany and Japan will discuss educational problems of each country and exchange information. These three countries, all experiencing reduced birthrates and cultural globalization, face the challenge of reforming their educational systems.

In addition, high school students from the three countries will speak on the current situation.

The June 11 discussion will be held at Goethe-Institut Kyoto, while the June 12 session will be at Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai, both in Sakyo Ward.

The event will be held in Japanese and English. Translations will be provided.

No admission or reservation is required.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-1312.

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