Koyama to help deaf

On Dec. 1, Koyama Driving School will hold its annual charity event, D’live, in cooperation with other organizations, including the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, at Club Citta in Kawasaki.

The title D’live stands for dance, deaf and drive with live performance. The popular event, now in its ninth year, is one of the biggest in which many participants use sign language.

Performing at D’live will be 12 groups that each have deaf members, while sign-language clubs at 19 universities will participate as volunteers.

D’live will start at 5 p.m. Tickets start at ¥2,500 and are available through various outlets, including Lawson Ticket.

Koyama Driving School has held the event since 2004 to encourage deaf people and offer a chance for more people to learn sign language.

Under the school’s policy to provide satisfaction to both its students and employees, it has 120 instructors who use sign language to teach at its five schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

A part of the proceeds from D’live will be donated through the Japanese Federation of the Deaf to deaf people in areas devastated by last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

For more information, call (03) 5459-8815 or visit www.koyama.co.jp/dlive .


Temple University event

Temple University’s Japan campus (TUJ) in Tokyo is marking its 30th year. To celebrate the anniversary and its achievements, the school will hold a special symposium at U Thant International Conference Hall at United Nations University on Nov. 16.

In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, the symposium, titled “Liberal Arts: Developing Competency, Leadership and Global Citizenship,” will focus on the liberal arts approach — the foundation of American undergraduate education — and discuss why it is an effective way to develop “global citizens” with the skills and capabilities to make a difference anywhere in the world and in any endeavor, whether in government, business or academia.

The presenters and panelists will be Robert Orr, U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, Yutaka Morohoshi, a professor at J.F. Oberlin University, and Yoshiaki Fujimori, president and CEO of Lixil Group Corp. Bruce Stronach, dean of TUJ, will be the moderator. Temple University President Richard Englert will make opening remarks.

The speakers will discuss the fundamental qualities of global citizens and whether a liberal arts education is the most effective means of educating those who will help in the development of the global society and advancement of the world economy.

The symposium will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but attendees are required to register in advance. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and Japanese.

For more information and registration details, visit www.tuj.ac.jp/tuj30/sympo.

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