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Sunday, June 19, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

WHO offers symposium on childhood obesity:
The WHO Kobe Centre will present a symposium on how to save children from obesity at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the International Conference Room of WHO Centre for Health Development in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Childhood obesity is considered a global epidemic. It is estimated that more than 22 million children under age 5 worldwide are obese or overweight, and an estimated 10 percent of school-age children between 5 and 17 years old are in this category. These children face an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The symposium aims to increase awareness of the importance of early prevention of childhood obesity, particularly at the local level, by sharing WHO information and experience, and to introduce the organization's implementation plans for a global strategy on diet, physical activity and health as they relate to fighting childhood obesity.

The discussion will be conducted in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretations.

Participation is free, but reservations are required. For reservations, fax the venue at (078) 230-3178 or e-mail AHP@who.or.jp

For more information, call the organizer at (078) 230-3100.

Gathering to take up human trafficking:
An international symposium to discuss human trafficking will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 1 at Dawn Center in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

Three speakers involved in activities to support victims of trafficking, including Bandana Pattanaik from the Global Alliance Against Traffic on Women (GAATW), a network of nongovernmental organizations and individuals concerned with the issue, will report on trafficked Thai victims in Japan, how they are supported after returning to Thailand for rehabilitation and empowerment, and what approaches can be taken to stop trafficking from the perspective of human rights.

The speeches will be in English with Japanese interpretations or in Japanese.

Participation is free. Reservations should be made in advance.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer, Hurights Osaka, at (06) 6577-3578.

Panel to address war responsibility:
Konan University will host a panel discussion on Japan's and Germany's war responsibility at 1 p.m. July 2 in Hall 511 in the university's Building No. 5 in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

The event is aimed at discussing how to settle historical problems after 60 years have passed since World War II ended by comparing efforts being made in both countries.

Keynote addresses will be made by Professor Wolfgang Hopken, director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, and Hatsuki Yanagihara, an associate professor at Konan University. The theme will then be discussed by a panel of five, including Dr. Jadwig Rodowicz, minister counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and Professor Gyongsu Mun at Ritsumeikan University.

The keynote by Professor Hopken will be conducted in German with Japanese interpretation, while the speech by Yanagihara and the panel discussion will be in Japanese.

Participation is free. Reservations should be made by Wednesday.

For reservations and more information, call the university's Institute for Language and Culture at (078) 435-2326 or fax (078) 435-2545.

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