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Community Leader Training Program for Foreign Residents to Build a System of “Foreign residents Support Foreign residents”
Foreign residents support Foreign residents! We want to make such system for the foreigners to live easier in Japan.
I am Jotaro Kato, the representative of the NPO APFS. Since the foundation of APFS in 1987, it has been working for realizing a society where foreigner and Japanese residents help each other and live together. I became the representative in April 2010 and I am working every day with the foreign residents to solve the problems they face.
I came to think that I want to make a system of “foreign residents support foreign residents”, to make the most of the experiences of the foreign residents who have been living in Japan for long time. That was the reason I decided to start the “Community Leader Training Program for Foreign Residents”.
In this program, the participants will learn knowledge about the law and social welfare system which are necessary for supporting the foreigners to live in Japan. They will also learn the translation skills and the way to collect information. They must be useful for the everyday lives of the participants, too.
However, we don’t have sufficient amount of money for paying the expenses of hiring rooms and lecturers to continue the program. We need your support.
The 2nd lecture “The Law (2) – Coping with international troubles” The lecturer gave easily comprehensive explanation with kana on kanji characters and graphs.
Many foreigners who have newly come to Japan are feeling anxieties. Foreign residents who have long lived in Japan have experiences of overcoming the anxieties.
Some of the foreigners who have newly come to Japan find troubles in the life in Japan. On the other hand, the foreigners who have lived in Japan for long time already have experiences of overcoming them.
For example, the amended immigration law was introduced in July 2012. If foreigners who stay in Japan with the visas of “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” and “Dependent” will suffer disadvantage if they don’t make notification to the Immigration Bureau within 14 days. There are cases where they get disadvantage because they didn’t know about the amendment of the law. If the knowledge that you have learned in the program spread through the foreigner communities they won’t suffer such disadvantage.
Another example is the case of injury during the work and the application of the Workers' Accident Insurance. In some cases the employers hide the accidents fearing they are exposed and the grant or subsidy is cut. If the foreigner has the knowledge about the worker’s accidents, they can consult the labor standards office and get the application of the insurance.
There are actual cases where foreigners get disadvantages because of the lack of such knowledge. We want to make a system where not Japanese telling the foreigners knowledge, in vertical relationships, but horizontal relationships where the foreigners who can understand other foreigners support them. This idea led us to starting the program.
The program has already started with 24 students from 11 countries. We need your help to continue the program.
Detail of the Program
From September 2016 to March 2017, 2 lessons a month, APFS arrange specialists for each area. 14 lessons curriculum is based on the contents which APFS thinks necessary during its 29 year history of its activity. All of 24 students are foreigners, coming from 11 countries (the UK, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines and Malaysia).
In “The Law (1) – Resident Status (Visa)” lesson, they did a case study. They handled an actual case where a foreigner is facing the danger of revocation of resident status. The lawyer lecturer gave an explanation about they exchanged ideas to solve the problem.
In the “Social Welfare System” lesson, we are to introduce the tools that can be used by multiple languages. Many municipal governments and organizations prepare multilingual tools but they aren’t often known by many people. If the foreign community leaders know about them and use them effectively, the foreigners can solve the problems by themselves.
In the “Career Formation – Think about your future career in Japan” lesson, the students will take inventories of their careers with a career counselor. I wish it would be a chance for the foreign community leaders to think about their future prospect in Japan.
To remove the barrier of Japanese language, we prepare handouts with kana on kanji and English translation. We have to pay a lot of expenses – lecturer fee, personnel fee for running the program, venue cost, printing cost, etc.
We prepare handouts with kana on kanji and English translation.
One of the participants, Emma Ota from the UK, runs a community space “kosaten”. She also does language exchange between English and Japanese. This day, foreigners from Russia and the Philippines also came. I hope the information will spread among the foreigners who visit the space.
I believe the spread of the system of “foreign residents support foreign residents” through many communities will realize a society where the foreigners and Japanese can really co-exist.
Through the “Community Leader Training Program for Foreign Residents”, we can grow 24 foreign residents from 11 countries who are familiar with the way of the solution of living problems. Many of the students take central position in their community, such as working as the officer of the local government or the representative the community organization.
By the 24 students spreading the solutions for the living problems through the foreign communities, the community members can acquire the abilities of coping with the problems by themselves. It can form horizontal relationships where the foreign residents support other foreign residents, not only vertical relationships where Japanese tell the knowledge to the foreigners.
We expect more foreigners will come to and live in Japan before Tokyo Olympic. By the foreign residents who have already adjusted to the life in Japan telling the information to new foreigners, we can prevent problems from occurring.
Forming the horizontal relationships would result in the independence of the foreign residents. I believe that the independence of the foreign residents can only realize the society where the foreign residents and Japanese residents really co-exist.
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https://readyfor.jp/projects/leaderhttps://readyfor.jp/projects/leader (in Japanese) If the foreigner has the knowledge about the worker’s accidents, they can consult the labor standards office and get the application of the insurance.
In the “Social Welfare System” lesson, we are to introduce the tools that can be used by multiple languages. Many municipal governments and organizations prep