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Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Foreign women's group takes up culture shock:

The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting English-speaking non-Japanese women to its monthly discussion meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Osaka Prefectural Women's Center, or Dawn Center, in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The discussion group will focus on common problems facing foreign women, including those pertaining to cultural differences, employment and child care. Participants will be encouraged to exchange information and experiences.

This month's topic is culture shock. Those who have just arrived in or returned to Japan must be ready for the natural -- but sometimes uncomfortable -- culture shock. The group will discuss how to recognize and relieve symptoms of culture shock, and how to cope with the stresses of life in a foreign country.

The discussion will be facilitated by psychotherapist Joanna Sato. Participation is free. No reservation is required.

To get to the venue, walk 350 meters east from Tenmabashi Station on the Keihan or subway Tanimachi lines.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6910-8588.

Seminar on how Europe dealt with death penalty

A seminar to discuss the death penalty in Europe will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University's Toyonaka campus in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France, the seminar will explore capital punishment in European history, law and politics, drawing comparisons with conditions in Japan.

At the seminar "Perspectives on the Death Penalty; EU, The Council of Europe and Japan," experts from Europe and Japan will make presentations, followed by an open discussion. Participants will include Renate Wohlwend, deputy in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, Liechtenstein.

The event will be conducted in English and Japanese. Reservations are not required, but recommended.

For more information, call OSIPP at (06) 6850-5641 or Goethe-Institut Osaka at (06) 6440-5900.

Terry Fox Run/Walk cancer charity in Kobe

The Terry Fox Run/Walk, a charity event to raise funds for cancer research, will be held Nov. 11 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.

Suggested donations are 1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for children and 2,000 yen for families.

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

The event will start 10 a.m. at the academy, which is 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.

Donations from those not taking part in the event are also welcome. For more information, call or fax Japan Canada Kai at (078) 783-5531.

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