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Sunday, May 15, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Forum offers job info at global organizations:
Kwansei Gakuin University is holding a careers forum for people interested in finding a job at international organizations at the B-go Kan building of the university's Nishinomiya Uegahara campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

The scheduled time is 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 28.

Representatives from the Foreign Ministry and from several organizations under the United Nations, including the World Bank, UNICEF and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, will give seminars on such topics as the variety of jobs available at those organizations, their employment process and what kind of manpower they need.

All seminars will be conducted in Japanese. Participation is free. No reservation is required.

To get to the venue, take a Hankyu bus from Kotoen Station on the Hankyu Imazu Line and get off at Kwansei Gakuin Mae.

For more information, call the organizer at (0798) 54-6117.

Photo exhibit covers the world of soccer:
A photo exhibition on soccer as a universal language will be held from May 27 to June 11 at Goethe Institut Kyoto, a cultural institution of Germany, in Sakyo Ward.

The display is part of "Deutschland in Japan 2005/2006," a one-year promotion of Germany running through March 2006 with numerous cultural and other events. The exhibition also marks the 2006 FIFA World Cup to be held in Germany.

The 50 photos on display were taken all over the world by John Vink and others from Magnum Photos, a noted group of photojournalists. The photos present people enjoying soccer in various places and situations, demonstrating how people around the world are related through the sport despite any cultural differences.

A drawing will be held for autographs of two popular soccer players, Naohiro Takahara and Mehdi Mahdavikia, both currently playing for Hamburger SV of the Bundesliga, the German professional league. Visitors will be handed a postcard with a number, and the winning numbers will be announced later at the Goethe Institut's Web site.

Admission is free. The exhibition will be open every day except for Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Monday, and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

The venue is a three-minute walk from Marutamachi or Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 761-2188.

Canada's education opportunities presented:
Japan Canada Kai, a friendship organization based in Kobe, is hosting a seminar on the educational relationship between Canada and the Kansai region.

It will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 28 at Kobe Maritime Museum in Meriken Park in Chuo Ward.

Following the JCK's annual general meeting, guest speaker Paul Dupies will speak. Dupies, president of the Kansai Canadian Association, is an expert on student exchange programs. There will also be information booths for people wishing to attend high school, take a working holiday or have an opportunity to spend some time in Canada for any other purposes.

Dupies' talk will be in Japanese, while other speeches will be in Japanese or English.

In addition, several Japanese who recently finished studying in Canada will talk about their experiences and answer questions over a cup of tea.

Canadian participants willing to speak on the allures of their home country are also welcome.

Participation is 500 yen, including the tea.

Applications can be made by sending a fax with your name and contact numbers to the organizer, or sending an e-mail to kawaijck@nifty.com

For more information, call or fax the organizer at (078) 783-5531.

Film director to give talk in Minoo, Osaka:
The Minoh Association for Global Awareness, a foundation based in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture, will host an English-speaking discussion meeting with a guest from Sri Lanka from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 28 at the foundation's office.

The session is part of MAFGA's "Danwashitsu" discussion series, which is held seven times a year with the goal of sharing a wide range of views and knowledge through conversations with non-Japanese residents.

The guest speaker for May is Jack Huang, actor and performing arts instructor from the United States, who played a role in the 2000 movie "Now Chinatown," directed by Steven Dunning, a story of a Chinese girl sent to work in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

After the movie showing, Huang will talk about making the film and reveal some behind-the-scenes episodes.

The seminar will be in English. Participation is 500 yen. Applications must be made in advance.

For applications and details, call MAFGA at (072) 727-6912 fax (072) 727-6920 or e-mail info@mafga.or.jp

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