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Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Foreigners offered help on special procedures

An event titled "Free Information & Advice for Foreign Residents" will be held at International House, Osaka, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

The "Gyoseishoshi Nyukan Tetsuzuki Kenkyukai" ("Administrative Scrivener Immigration Procedure Workshop"), a group based in Higashi Osaka City, will provide information and advice on visa and naturalization procedures in Japanese, English, or Chinese.

Participation is free and no reservation is required. The venue is the conference room on the third floor of International House, Osaka, which is about a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line. Check out www.ih-osaka.or.jp/ for an access map.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6784-7865 (in Japanese or Chinese).

Mexican festival ready to spice up Osaka

The Mexican festival Fiesta Mexicana Osaka 2009 will be held at the Shin-Umeda City and Wonder Square in Kita Ward, Osaka, from Friday to Sunday.

The three-day long festival will celebrate the 400th year of the diplomatic relations between Mexico and Japan. The event features Mexican music and dance performances along with ethnic goods, food and beverages.

The event will run from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Admission is free. The venue is about a 10-minute walk north of JR Osaka Station.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6440-3901 or access www.skybldg.co.jp/event/mex/2009/ (in Japanese).

Free counseling for foreigners in Kyoto

The Kyoto City International Foundation is organizing a free counseling day for non-Japanese residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Counseling is separated into two parts: mental health issues, for which a female counselor will be present, and other issues, including tax, pension, insurance and work, for which labor consultants and a tax accountant will give advice.

Participation is free, but advance reservations are required by phone. Interpreters are available in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

The venue is the conference room on the third floor of the Kyoto International Community House, which is about a 10-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For reservations and more information, contact the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

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