KANSAI: Who & What

Education group offers tips on studying abroad: The Association of International Education, Japan, is organizing a fair to provide information for Japanese who want to study abroad on June 14 and 28 at Hyogo International Students’ House (Hyogo Ryugakusei Kaikan) in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Both sessions will be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The first one is for English-speaking countries, such as the United States, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The June 28 fair is for other countries in Europe and Asia.

General and specific information about studying abroad or the respective countries will be provided in individual consultations. Participants will also be able to talk to Japanese people who have studied abroad themselves.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

For more information, call the organizer’s information center in Kobe at (078) 242-1742 or e-mail: kaigai@aiej.or.jp

New Canadian musician plans free Kobe concert: A free concert by an emerging Canadian musician will start at 2:30 p.m. on June 15 at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Jorane is a singer-songwriter and cellist from Quebec who composes and performs “boundary-free” music that incorporates elements of rock, folk, traditional Celtic and other musical styles. At the concert, she will be accompanied by a guitarist.

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance.

For reservations and more information, call or fax the organizer — Japan Canada Kai — at (078) 783-5531.

Foundation to give job advice to non-Japanese: A career guidance and job fair for foreign students who want to work in Japan after graduation will take place between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on June 24 at the Campus Plaza Kyoto building in the city’s Shimogyo Ward.

Practical information on job-hunting in Japan will be available to foreign students who are expected to graduate from Japanese universities next spring. There will also be a job fair to introduce Japanese companies and non-Japanese employees.

Participation is free, but applications must be made by June 16. To apply, fill out an application form and hand it in to your school’s office for non-Japanese students. The application form is available at universities in Kyoto Prefecture or it can be printed out from the home page of the organizer, the Kyoto City International Foundation, at www.kcif.or.jp

For more information, call the foundation at (075) 752-3511.

British Council Osaka provides student info: The British Council’s Osaka office is organizing predeparture briefings for people who are going to study in Britain from this autumn at 2 p.m. on June 21 and again at 2 p.m. on July 12 at its office in the city’s Kita Ward.

The June 21 meeting is for people who are going to universities, graduate schools or vocational schools, while the July 12 session is for those who are to attend English-language schools.

The briefings are designed to provide useful information about immigration procedures, as well as details about everyday life in Britain and attending schools.

Participation is free. Anyone wishing to attend must call the Osaka office at (06) 6342-5301, or send your name and phone number via e-mail: educationUK.osaka@britishcouncil.or.jp

Environment journalist to address Kansai FEW: Foreign Executive Women in Kansai, a networking organization for non-Japanese, career women in the Kansai region, is holding its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on June 26 at the Hilton Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The guest speaker, Amanda Suutari, a Canadian environmental journalist based in Kyoto, will focus on Japan’s environmental and development policies.

The fee is 4,000 yen for members and 5,000 yen for nonmembers. The deadline for reservations is June 21.

For details, visit the FEW Web site, www.fewkansai.com and for reservations, e-mail few adm@hotmail.com