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Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008

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EPEMP study session set to be held in Osaka

The Japan Association for Health Care Interpreting in Japanese and English will hold a study session to prepare for the Examination of Proficiency in English for Medical Purposes from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 2 in Osaka's Higashi Yodogawa Ward.

Takayuki Oshimi, a doctor teaching medical English at Nihon University, will give a lecture in Japanese to help prepare for the EPEMP, which will be held for the first time on April 13. His lecture will focus on such topics as reading English medical papers and listening to medical consultations in English.

Applications are required to be made in advance by e-mail. The deadline is Friday. Participation costs ¥3,000, which includes the cost of reference materials.

The venue is Creo Osaka Kita, which is a 10-minute walk southeast of Awaji Station on the Hankyu Kyoto or Senri lines. Visit www.creo-osaka.or.jp/north/access.html for a map.

For applications and a detailed schedule of the meeting, send an e-mail message to h2omacky@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jp in English or Japanese. For more information, contact the organizer at (03) 3972-8111, ext. 2321, in Japanese.

Used magazines to be given away by KCIF

The Kyoto City International Foundation (KCIF) is giving away used magazines from March 1.

Magazines in various languages, including India Today, Newsweek, Time, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Veja, and Jai Jai Din, purchased during fiscal 2007 for perusal in open stacks, will be given away for free. Those wishing to get them should come to the KCIF library in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, between 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Starting March 1, the magazines will be given out in order of arrival. Further details and a full list of magazines can be found at

The library is a six-minute walk northwest of Keage subway station on the Tozai Line. For an access map, visit the organizer's Web site at www.kcif.or.jp/ (available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish).

For more information and application, contact the KCIF Library at (075) 752-1187.

Film showing and talk to focus on part-timers

The Osaka Prefectural Women's Center (Dawn Center) will host a film screening and a talk session about today's part-time workers from 7 p.m. to around 9 p.m. March 12 in Osaka's Chuo Ward.

A documentary film titled "A Permanent Part-timer in Distress" (2007) will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles. The film details the life of director Hiroki Iwabuchi, who was a part-time worker when he shot the film. Following the screening, a talk session will be held in Japanese with Fumiyo Kikuzawa, a member of a nonprofit organization supporting young people's independence, and HEX, a Kansai-based American director who filmed homeless people in Osaka in 2007.

The event is reserved for 40 young people who are interested in the theme. Participation is free. Those wishing to participate should send a fax or e-mail mentionning the name of the event, "Jidai ni Shohi Sarezu ni Ikiru," their name, age, occupation, address, contact details, and the reason why they want to participate. The application must arrive by March 5.

For applications and more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6910-8615, fax (06) 6910-8624, or e-mail jigyo@dawncenter.or.jp

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