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Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Information session on studying English in U.S.:
The Japan Student Services Organization, an independent administrative institution, is hosting an introductory session for people wishing to study English in the United States.

The meeting will run 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Hyogo International House (Hyogo Kokusai Koryu Kaikan) in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

A consultant from JASSO will provide answers to general questions on how to make plans and select schools, what proceedings should be taken, and how much it costs to attend school.

The session is open both to people only wishing to study English, and to people who want to brush up their language skills to enter a university or graduate school.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Those wishing to attend should contact the organizer via phone, fax or e-mail and state their names and contact information (phone, fax number or e-mail address), as well as how many people are attending.

For reservations and more information, call JASSO at (078) 242-1745, fax (078) 242-1743 or e-mail kaigai@jasso.go.jp

Details on the event is also available on its Web site at www.jasso.go.jp/ryugaku/index.html

Quiz rally get-together set for Osaka Castle:
A quiz rally for 200 non-Japanese and 200 Japanese will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at Osaka Castle Park in Chuo Ward.

The event is aimed at promoting friendship and mutual understanding by spending the day thinking, talking and walking.

Participants will be divided into groups to answer quizzes on Osaka and Osaka Castle as they move around various checkpoints surrounding the castle.

Everyone taking part will receive a sweat shirt commemorating the event. Participants should bring their own lunches.

Participation is free.

Anyone wishing to participate must send an application stating name, address, age, gender, phone number, nationality, occupation or school name, and shirt size (medium or large) via fax to (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail to qr@ih-osaka.or.jp

For more information, call Interpeople Quiz Rally Secretariat at (06) 6773-8182.

Five-kilometer run, walk for cancer research:
The Terry Fox Run/Walk, a charity event to raise funds for cancer research, will be held Nov. 12 starting at the Canadian Academy international school on Rokko Island in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

The event, commemorating the Canadian amputee runner who died of cancer, has been held annually in Kobe since 1998. Participants can walk or run a 5-km course.

The participation fee is 500 yen for children and students, 1,000 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for families.

All proceeds will be donated to cancer research institutes in the Kansai region.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the academy, located two blocks from Marine Park Station on the Rokko Liner. Registrations will be accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the school.

For inquiries, call or fax Japan Canada Kai at (078) 783-5531, or e-mail the representative of Canadian Academy's PTA at hubie1@aol.com

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