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Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011

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Enroll your children in a preschool program

A preschool program for foreign children will be held every Saturday between March 5 and April 23 at the Osaka International House Foundation in Tennoji Ward.

The program is intended for foreign children who are planning to attend Japanese elementary schools from April, and aims to help them acquire the Japanese-language level required to attend such schools and inform them about school rules. Parents or guardians must accompany their children.

The hours are from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and there will be eight classes in total. Participation is free. Advance applications are required by phone, fax or through the foundation's website.

Osaka International House is a 10-minute walk from Exit 5 in Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines.

To obtain further details, contact the foundation at (06) 6773-8989 or visit www.ih-osaka.or.jp/ (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese).

Robot festival to be held in Osaka mall

Tempozan Market Place, a shopping mall in Minato Ward, Osaka, is staging the Tempozan Robot Festa from Feb. 26 to March 6.

In addition to displays of various types of robot toys, there will be a corner where visitors can operate robots. Special events are scheduled on Feb. 26 and 27, and March 5 and 6, including robot fighting competitions and robot dance performances. On Feb. 26, a robot in the shape of Tsutenkaku Tower, one of Osaka's best-known landmarks, will make an appearance. The robot was displayed at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is free. The venue is the special gallery space on the second floor of Tempozan Market Place, located next to the Kaiyukan Aquarium. The mall is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

Please contact the organizer at (06) 6576-5501 or access www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese) for more information.

Nishinomiya to host free counseling service

Free counseling for foreign residents will be offered 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 13 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Licensed administrative scriveners will be on hand to give advice on residence status. Any personal information disclosed during the session will be treated as strictly confidential.

English and Chinese interpreters will be present to provide language assistance. Those who require interpreters in other languages must make advance reservations by phone by March 6.

The venue is Nishinomiya City International Association on the fourth floor of Frente Nishinomiya, which is just south of Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

For advance reservations and further information, contact the association between 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. at (0798) 32-8680. The association is closed on Tuesdays and holidays. For an access map, go to www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ (in Japanese).

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