Ugnayan sa Aichi: Open Forum with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Co-hosts: Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Nagoya International Center(NIC)
One of the priority areas of the Asia and Middle East Program of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) is the development of a more inclusive society in Asia. SPF believes that migrants’ communities play a major role in addressing the various issues faced by foreigners living in Japan, such as healthcare and children’s education, and we continue to carry out activities to strengthen mutual aid and cooperation with and within the foreign community.
As part of our work, the special handbook “Bridging The Gap: A Young People’s Guide to Living in Japan" was published in 2021 in partnership with KAKEHASHI (https://kakehashi-ph.jp/), a Filipino-Japanese community association that supports Filipinos in Japan. KAKEHASHI continues to work with Filipino communities all over Japan to uplift the lives of migrants from the Philippines.
The handbook recently won the “Print Journalism Award – Best Book (Non-Fiction/Guide)” from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) 2021 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards. This year, KAKEHASHI and CFO launched a video series based on the handbook.
This time, in collaboration with the Nagoya International Center, we will hold a forum to share the current situation of foreign residents in the Tōkai region, especially Filipinos, and the activities that Filipino groups are doing to help their own community and others. The purpose of this forum is to further promote multicultural harmony in Japan by learning about the current situation of migrants from the Philippines.
We look forward to your participation.
*Please kindly note that this is an in-person event taking place in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. The event will not be streamed online.
Ms. Mori, Asia and Middle East Program, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
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Public Relations Division, Communication Department
14:00 - 14:05
Opening Remarks Director Nobuyuki Konishi, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
14:05 - 14:10
Welcome Remarks Consul General Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat, Philippine Consulate General Nagoya
14:10 - 14:15
Introduction of Kakehashi and Bridging The Gap Project President Bituin Shimada, Kakehashi
14:15 - 14:30
Video Presentation - Bridging The Gap: A Young People’s Guide to Living in Japan
14:30 - 14:45
Keynote Presentation on Migrant Issues in Japan Professor Sachi Takahata, Faculty of International Relations, University of Shizuoka
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:05
Introduction of Panel
15:05 - 15:55
Panel Discussion Secretary Romulo Arugay, Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Director Marita Del Rosario-Apattad, Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Consul General Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat, Philippine Consulate General Nagoya
Assistant Labor Attaché Miguel Castriciones, Migrant Workers Office - Osaka
President Nestor Puno, Philippine Society in Japan - Nagoya
Associate Professor Wako Asato, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
Moderator: President Miki Goto, Gaikokujin Helpline Tokai
15:55 - 16:00
Closing Remarks President Naoki Furukawa, Nagoya International Center
President Bituin Shimada
Prof. Sachi Takahata
University of Shizuoka
Secretary Romulo Arugay
Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Director Marita Del Rosario-Apattad
Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Consul General Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat
Philippine Consulate General Nagoya
Assistant Labor Attaché Miguel Castriciones
Migrant Workers Office - Osaka
President Nestor Puno
Philippine Society in Japan - Nagoya
Associate Professor Wako Asato
Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
President Miki Goto
Gaikokujin Helpline Tokai
(In Nagoya) Ugnayan sa Aichi: Open Forum with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
Japanese/English (Tagalog/Filipino will be available for consecutive interpretation during Q&A, etc.)
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