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Sunday, March 11, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe International Fair 2007 at Duo Dome

Kobe International Fair 2007 will take place March 18 at Duo Dome and Space Theater in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

More than 50 international organizations, mostly based in Kobe, as well as students from local international schools will showcase their activities, sell food and products from around the world and perform on stage. The organizations include Kobe Canada Kai, which will be selling maple syrup, sandwiches with smoked salmon and Canadian wine.

Both of the venues are near JR Kobe Station. Duo Dome is in Duo Kobe, an underground shopping arcade, and Space Theater is on the basement floor of Kobe Harborland Center Building.

Entrance is free. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prior to the event, there will be a symposium and exchange party on March 17 at the conference room of Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KICC), which is located on the 20th floor of Kobe International House in Chuo Ward, near Sannomiya Station on the JR, Hankyu and Hanshin lines.

The symposium and party will run between 1 and 6:30 p.m. The party costs 500 yen.

For more information, call the organizer at (078) 291-8441.

Assertiveness skills for non-Japanese women

The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting non-Japanese, English-speaking women to its monthly discussion meeting from noon to 2 p.m. on March 17 at Osaka Prefectural Women's Center, or Dawn Center, in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

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

This month's theme is assertiveness, discussing how to stand up for your legitimate rights without bullying others or allowing others to bully you. The session will focus on what to learn to gain more effective communication skills that increase your ability to get your needs met, as well as on how to examine and overcome your personal barriers to assertive behavior. Appropriate assertive behavior in Japan will also be addressed.

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 Tanimachi subway line.

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

Students sought for 3-month kanji course

Osaka International Foundation is seeking students for three-month kanji courses starting in April at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

Foreigners who read hiragana and katakana will be accepted for the one-month, entry-level courses on reading and writing kanji.

Two courses, held weekly, are available based on the participants' language skills. Each consists of four sessions. Both courses will be held between 7 and 8:30 p.m. The Tuesday class will start on April 10, and the Wednesday class on April 11.

The fee is 2,000 yen including the cost of textbooks. Eight people will be accepted for each class.

Applicants will be interviewed to assess their language skills. The interview will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 27 and March 28. Reservations for the interview must be made in advance.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

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