OSAKA — Japan NPO Center is inviting people interested in the activities of nonprofit organizations to its second forum, slated for July 4 and 5 at International House Osaka.

Participants will discuss the roles of NPOs and how to cooperate with companies and the public sector, including local governments and universities, after a bill to promote NPO activities was passed in March. About 760 people participated in the first forum last year in Yokohama.

Sixteen sessions and three seminars are planned during the two-day forum. A special session to discuss problems facing European NPOs will also be held, attended by three NPO activists from Europe.

A special panel discussion on NPO cooperation with local governments, companies and labor unions will be open to the public. It starts at 10:30 a.m. on July 4 at the International House in Tennoji Ward. Admission is 1,000 yen.

Reservations for the panel discussion should be made by June 30. Those who want to participate in the two-day forum should apply to the center by calling (06) 316-8563, or sending a fax to (06) 314-9486 by today. The participation fee is 6,000 yen for one day, or 10,000 yen for two days.

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