Year: 2011

SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter, November 2011  “Jushinryoku ―The Foundation of Japanese Culture”

Presenter:  Prof. Jeff Berglund ( Kyoto University of Foreign Studies)

Date:       Sunday November 20  (3:00pm-5:00pm)

Place:      Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center,  3F(Rm2)

            ( 1 minute from JR Takatsuki Station),  Tel. 0726-85-3721


Fee:        500 yen for members and students, 1,000yen for non-members

Language:  Japanese with English summary




Description of presentation:


Prof. Jeff Berglund has been living and working in Japan for 42 years. He recently published a book that he has written in Japanese about what he thinks is the most important characteristic of the Japanese communication style, what he calls jushinryoku, literally “the power of receiving.”  This book is less like a textbook and more accessible to the general public.  He  is in the process of translating the book into English (his native language) and hopes to publish it the year after next.

  In his new book, Jeff expands the concept of receiver-responsible to analyze various aspects of Japanese culture and communication patterns.

The presentation will focus on the concept of jushinryoku and its use as an analytical tool in understanding Japanese cultural and communication patterns.




Profile of presenter:

Graduated from Carleton College in 1970 with B. A. in religion.  Has been living and teaching in Japan for 39 years.  Currently professor of intercultural communication at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.  Has extensive experience interviewing people with disabilities.  M. A. from University of the Pacific, 2009.

SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter September 2011 “Organising ‘Kokusai Kouryu’ Events that Work’

Presenter:   Stephen Ryan ( St. Thomas University)

Date:       Sunday, September 25, 2011 (2:00pm-4:00pm)

Place:      Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center, Room 2(6F, ACTA East Tower,

            a short walk from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station)

            Tel. (0798)69-3155 


Fee:        500 yen for members and students, 1,000yen for non-members

Language:  English



Description of presentation:
When welcoming visitors from abroad to Japanese schools and other institutions, it is customary to hold activities which encourage 国際交流 (International exchange, in the sense of “everybody getting along together well”). The outcome of these activities is often disappointing: a great deal of effort is expended but the atmosphere is often stiff and less than sociable; enthusiasm for welcoming foreign guests is often blunted rather than increased; and in the end it can be difficult to say whether meaningful connections have been made on a personal level.

The presenter will draw on his experience of organising 国際交流 between groups from Japan and the Philippines. He will outline the factors in these activities which lead to successful, meaningful experiences for participants, such as emphasizing cooperation rather than competition, letting participants meet as equals, providing opportunities rather than structure, and making sure there is plenty of food on hand.

The principles outlined are not all original. The key ones can be found in Gordon Allport’s work on reducing prejudice. However, the presenter adds to and extends Allport’s concepts.

Profile of presenter:

Stephen Ryan is Vice President of St. Thomas University in Amagasaki. He runs Cultural Experience Programs both for Japanese students going abroad and Filipino students coming to Japan. The emphasis in the programs is on experiential learning and learning through friendship.

SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter July Meeting  ”Japanese Society and Korean Ethnic Schools: From the aspect of language and cultural heritage” Joint with Japan Society for Multicultural Relations:Chubu・Kansai Chapter

Presenters: 1) Tanaka, Hiroshi

(Representative Director, the Japan Civil Liberties Union/JCLU)

                  2)  Ryu Misa (Doctoral Student at the Graduate School of Human and

Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2011,   14:00-17:00

      (There will be a party at a restaurant after the meeting about 3,000 yen)

Place:  Ryukoku Universiity, Osaka Umeda Campus (14F, Hilton Plaza West Office

        Tower, 2-2-2, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City)


Fee:  Free

Language:  Japanese

Inquiries and registration:  Prior registration is requested for attendance and the party.  Please send an e-mail to Soo im Lee:, or fax to



      Description of the presentations:


    (1) Tanaka,Hiroshi


“Japan’s Multicultural Co-existence Seen in the Exclusion of Korean Ethnic High Schools from the School Tuition –free program “


An act making tuitions free at public high schools and creating a “high school enrollment support fund” was passed on March 31 and was enacted on April 1, 2010.

The school tuition-free program was the only manifest that the Democratic Party of Japan could achieve. The rest of the manifest, such as children’s allowance, toll-free expressways, and financial support for farmers are still undecided.

The tuition-free school program was epoch-making because special training high

schools and schools for foreigners were included in the program. It means that

this time, these schools and Japanese public schools will be treated equally for the first time.

Of these designated schools for foreigners, 17 are international schools, 8 are Brazilian schools, and 2 are Chinese schools. 10 Korean schools were excluded from the program. Support of local governments has also eroded for these schools; for example, the Osaka Prefectural government cut financial aid, and it is affecting other local governments. I want to consider why this problem is occurring within the framework of Japan’s multicultural, multiethnic societal co-existence.


Profile of presenter:

Tanaka, Hiroshi is an Emeritus professor of Hitotsubashi University.  He received his MA in Economics from Hitotsubashi University. His fields are the History of Japan-Asia Relationships and post-colonial issues.


(2)Ryu, Mie


“The heritage Language Acquisition Process of ethnic Korean School Students-

An exploratory research on the elementary school students’ compositions in

Korean and Japanese (progress report)”


For the last several decades, ethnic Korean schools have successfully conducted heritage language education for the third and fourth generations in Japan.

This bilingual education enabled children, who spoke Japanese as their mother tongue, to become almost fluent in Korean within a year, so that they could lead their school life using only Korean.

This study focuses on the heritage language acquisition process in third year elementary school students, using compositions of students written in Japanese and Korean. This is a report of the students writing ability who have been studying Korean for three years while examining what the content of the compositions reveals about the awareness of students toward these schools.


Profile of presenter:

Ryu, Misa is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Human and Environmental

Studies of Kyoto University.  Her majors are heritage language education using the immersion method and second language acquisition.