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Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006

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Philippines friendship forum Nov. 3 in Kyoto

A forum to promote friendship between the Philippines and Japan will be held Nov. 3 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto.

The Pistahan Sa Kyoto 2006 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Philippines by hosting a series of discussions, presentations and gatherings, including two panel discussions on Filipino caregivers and nurses working in Japan, and Japan's official development assistance to the Philippines.

The keynote speech will be by Orlando Mercado, a political scientist and former secretary of national defense of the Philippines.

There will be various stage performances and booths by nongovernmental organizations offering information and selling products.

The keynote speech will be given in English. Other events will be in English or Japanese, with interpretations into either language.

The forum will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The venue is in front of JR Kyoto Station, next to the post office.

Participation is 300 yen for people 18 and above, and free for others. For more information, call or fax the organizer at (072) 730-5273, e-mail mtsuda@osaka-gaidai.ac.jp or visit its Web site at www.geocities.jp/piyestasakyoto/

Japanese films shown with subtitles in Osaka Osaka International House Foundation is holding monthly showings of Japanese movies for English-speaking foreigners, starting Nov. 10 with "Rashomon," a 1950 classic directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Starting with November, Japanese movies with English subtitles will be shown on the second Friday of the month at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

A lecture on the movie will be given at 5 p.m., followed by the showing at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are 500 yen. They are available at the venue or can be purchased by sending an application with your name, address, phone number and the number of participants via fax at (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail at johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

The venue is a five-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line, or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the subway Tanimachi or Sennichimae line.

For inquiries, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8182.

Nepalese to speak on human rights conditions Amnesty International Japan's Osaka office is presenting a lecture on human rights violations in Nepal from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the sixth floor conference room in the pia NPO building in Minato Ward, Osaka.

Two Nepalese activists will speak on events during the decade-long civil war between the government and Maoist rebels, and how the peace process is proceeding.

The speakers will be Rudra Khadka, a journalist who reported from the battlefield about the effects of the conflict on Nepalese civilians, and Charan Prasai, a veteran activist from Human Rights Organization of Nepal (HURON), which has played a leading role in supporting democratization and protecting human rights there.

The lecture will be in English, with Japanese interpretation.

Participation is 500 yen for students and 800 yen for others. No reservations are required.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Osaka-ko Station on the subway Chuo Line.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 4395-1313, fax (06) 4395-1314 or e-mail fwht6821@mb.infoweb.ne.jp

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