SIETAR Kansai May 2016 Program: Field Trip: Osaka Quaker meeting

SIETAR Kansai May 2016 Program

Field Trip: Osaka Quaker meeting


For the past three years SIETAR Kansai has hosted field trips to learn about different communities in the Kansai area. In 2013 we went to the Kobe Mosque in Sannomiya, in 2014 we met with the Filipino community at the Cathedral of St. Maria of Tamatsukuri, Osaka, and last year we visited Shinnyoen, a modern Buddhist community. This year we have the opportunity to meet with a Quaker group in Takarazuka. The Quaker movement began in the 17th century in England and differed from other religious groups in its simplicity with no hierarchy and no elaborate rituals and ceremonies. The guiding principle is that every person can experience God directly and can find an inward light that will lead to spiritual development. Quakers are well known for their egalitarian beliefs, their principle of nonviolence, their work for social and economic justice, and their acts of kindness in daily life.

This month we can participate in a monthly meeting with the first hour in silent worship then followed by lunch where we can participate in conversation and fellowship. To get an idea of what to expect in a Quaker meeting, watch a short video explanation:  For a basic introduction, check this link

Date:                                 Sunday, May 1, 2016

Meeting place and time:   10:30 am, Hankyu Mefujinja Station on the Takarazuka line.

Event time :                      11:00-13:00

Place:                                Takarazuka Meditation House (Details will be provided later)

Fee:                                   Free (non members are also welcome) (please bring 500 yen for a bento)

Registration:                     Advanced reservation required, first-come-first-served basis (there may be a limit to the numbers, so reserve

                                          as soon as possible)

How to apply:                   Send the following: a) name, b) e-mail address, c) cell phone number, and d) how many people to

                                  Deadline: April 26, 2016

SIETAR Kansai 2016 April monthly meeting, “The Present Situation of Multiculturism in Japan”

SIETAR Kansai April 2016


“The Present Situation of Multiculturalism in Japan in View of

UN International Conventions of Human Rights“

Speaker:    Megumi Komori (HURIGHS Osaka:Asia-Pacific Human rights Information Center)

Date:               April 24, 2016 (Sunday)

Time:             14:00-16:00

Venue:        ​ Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 2)

2 minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station,

Tel: (0798) 69-3155

Fee:            ​ Free for members and students;  500 yen for non-members.

Language:   English (Questions and answers will be conducted in English and Japanese.)

Social event:  Dinner after the session at a restaurant.  Reservations for dinner required by

April 20.  Contact Miho Yoshioka、




Description of the program:


Japan has acceded to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1995. Since the accession, the domestic implementation of the Convention in Japan has been reviewed three times by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Committee is most seriously concerned that Japan has no legislation to prohibit racial discrimination and that almost all concerns of racial discrimination in Japan have still remained the same as they were 20 years ago. What are the problems of racial discrimination in Japan? As a state party of the Convention, what does Japan have to do to address the problems?  Komori will discuss these matters referring to the mechanism of the UN human rights system and the international human rights standards. At the same time, she will also take up some of issues raised during the review of the Japan’s implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.


Profile of speaker:


Magumi Komori Graduated from Osaka Jogakuin College with English major and she is a human rights activist.  Since1980 when she joined Amnesty International, she has been involved in activities for international human rights. She has worked for Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR). Currently she works at the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHS Osaka) as a researcher. As a representative from a civil society organization, she has participated in the review of the periodic reports of the Japanese government by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (in 2010 and 2014) as well as the Human Rights Committee (in 2014).  








日時:       2016年4月24日(日)  14:00 pm ~16:00 pm

講演者:    小森恵 (ヒューライツ大阪:一般財団法人アジア・太平洋人権情報センター)

場所:      西宮市大学交流センター(ACTA 東館6階、講義室2)

阪急神戸線 西宮北口より徒歩2分  Tel. (0798) 69-3155

費用:       会員・学生は無料,   非会員は500円

使用言語:   英語(質疑応答は英語と日本語)

懇親会:   終了後にレストランで親睦会を致します。参加ご希望の方は4月20日迄に