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Women execs offered medical system info: Foreign Executive Women in Kansai, an organization of non-Japanese professional women working in the region, is hosting a dinner meeting from 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Hilton Osaka in the city’s Kita Ward.

Guest speaker Dr. Elke Kato, from Kobe Kaisei Hospital, will give participants a rare opportunity to ask about the Japanese medical system and the problems faced by foreign women.

Anyone wishing to attend must make a reservation by 4 p.m. on Sept. 21.

The cost is 4,000 yen for members and 5,000 yen for nonmembers.

For reservations, e-mail: few-adm@hotmail.com

YMCA plans bus tour to top of holy mountain: Kobe YMCA Cross Cultural Center is organizing a one-day bus tour on Oct. 5 to Mount Hiei and surrounding areas in northern Kyoto and Shiga prefectures.

Destinations will include Enryakuji Temple, the head temple of the Tendai Buddhist sect founded 1,200 years ago on top of the mountain. The temple is one of Japan’s centers of Buddhism and registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Participants will also visit other historical and scenic spots on the mountain.

Explanations will be in Japanese with English interpretations.

Participants will meet at 7:40 a.m. in front of the Shin Hankyu Hotel on the east side of JR Osaka Station. The participation fee is 8,200 yen, which does not include lunch. There are places for 20 foreigners and the same number of Japanese.

Reservations must be made by Sept. 24. To make a reservation or for more information, call the YMCA at (078) 241-8801.

Foreigners to get advice in seven languages: Kyoto City International Community House is organizing free consulting sessions for non-Japanese residents between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 5 at its facility in the city’s Sakyo Ward.

Specialists will offer advice on such issues as law, tax, immigration, social insurance and employment. Interpretations will be available in Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog and Thai.

The venue is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

Consultations are free, but reservations must be made in advance.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511, fax (075) 752-3510, or e-mail: office@kcif.or.jp

Non-Japanese invited to take part in flea market: The Takarazuka International Friendship Association is seeking non-Japanese vendors to take part in a flea market to be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 on the pedestrian walkway leading to Hankyu Sakasegawa Station in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture.

Six individuals or groups can participate in the flea market. Professional vendors are not accepted. For a fee of 1,000 yen, vendors will be given a plot measuring 2.2 meters x 1.6 meters to sell any items except food or medicines.

Anyone wishing to apply must contact the organizer by Oct. 5. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For applications and more information, call TIFA at (0797) 76-5917 or fax (0797) 76-5918.

Swiss musicians to perform at Kobe Club: Basler Beppi, a band of 25 drummers and piccolo players from the Swiss city of Basel, will perform at Kobe Club in Chuo Ward from 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

After taking part in Osaka’s Midosuji Parade in their colorful costumes, the band will appear at the club’s Swiss Flutes and Drums Evening with two other Japanese groups.

A buffet dinner featuring Swiss specialties and wines will be served.

Admission is 4,000 yen for Kobe Club members and 5,000 yen for nonmembers. Reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call Kobe Club at (078) 241-2588.

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