Past Events
19 November 2012 | Miyagi, Japan

The next month is a significant month for Akira Foundation (AFJ) as it marks the 3rd Anniversary for AFJ from its establishment on December 11, 2009. This will be a chance for us to appreciate all of the members, partners and supporters on such an important day at a venue of Sendai, Japan, where the massive earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, 2011.

The Social Enterprise Education and Language School (SEELS), a partner of AFJ, will host the event which will include several presentations and activities such as singing and dancing performances by local Filipino communities in an intimate space and more amicable, comfortable mood. So, everyone can join us regardless of age, culture or nationality!

Let us wrap our loving arms around everyone and share the joys of thanksgiving together with Women Educators Association (WEA) and SEELS. Our thoughts and prayers are always with those who believe in a future of hope and happiness, no matter who you are, underserved, marginalized and segregated even in dire straits.

Date and Time:
Thursday, December 9, 2012, 1:30pm – 6:00pm
(Door opens at 12:30pm)
SEELS Montessori School in Sendai
2-10-8 Gorin, Miyagino-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Guest arrival and lunch for guests living outside Miyagi
1:30pm – 2:00pm: Registration
2:00pm – 2:50pm: Session 1
Opening and welcome community singing: “If We Hold on Together”
Welcome remarks from Host Community, WEA, AF, SEELS
2:50pm – 3:30pm: Session 2
Singing and dancing performances by WEA
Presentations by SEELS and WEA
3:30pm – 3:45pm: Coffee break
3:45pm – 5:00pm: Session 3
Gangman Dance by Host Community
Presentation by Akira Foundation
Closing remark
Community singing: “We Shall Overcome”
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Food Solidarity / Drinks

Entrance Fee:
500 Japanese yen
Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS)
Akira Foundation
Women Educators Association (WEA)
For registration please send your address, telephone number and, if you have one, your e-mail address by December 7, Friday, at 5:00 pm. Event entry pay will be paid at the venue.
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09 August 2012 | Tokyo, Japan

“Urbanization in Africa and the Emergence of New Global Issues” will be held as Sophia University 100the Anniversary Project.

In recent years, many and complex new problems that grew out of urbanization in Africa has made the global issues appear in an entirely new light. Thus they are creating a demand for interdisciplinary academic approach which would call for increased exchange of ideas and measures among scholars in various fields of study.

What type of integrated approach would serve to meet the rise of a whole new set of problems brought about by Africa’s urban development? This question will be addressed in the symposium and the speakers with differing points of view will examine the African issue in depth.

Date and Time:
Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Sophia University Conference Hall 2-1702
Keynote speech:
“Engaging Africa’s Urban Future”
Dr. Edgar Pieterse, Professor and Director, African Centre for Cities (ACC) at University of Cape Town
“Sustainability Principles & Frameworks”
Dr. Gary Kendall, Deputy Director, University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership: CPSL

For those who would like to learn more about this conference, please download the PDF file.
9-12 November 2011 | Osaka & Tokyo, Japan

Ashoka, one of the leading NGOs in leading social entrepreneurs globally, invites their Fellows to share with the audience their insights, knowledge, and experiences as social entrepreneurs.

Ms. Tri Mumpuni

Ashoka Fellow | Executive Director

IBEKA (People Centered Economic & Business Institute)

The 1st Ashoka Speaker Series will be held in Osaka on November 9 and in Tokyo on November 12. In this event, Ms. Tri Mumpuni, Ashoka Fellow, and Founder at IBEKA (People Centered Economic & Business Institute), will give us a lecture on the role of the people-centered approach to rural electrification in Indonesia. We at the Akira Foundation support this public-relations effort and hope many of you enjoy her passionate and joyful speech.

30 July 2011 | Tokyo, Japan

The first English school supported by SEELS will open its class room.

The kick-off ceremony for the new Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS)
The Center for Japanese-Filipino Families (CJFF) announced that it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, 30 July 2011, at 1:00 pm, to officially open its new social enterprise, dubbed “SEELS,” which was launched in partnership with Akira Foundation. Along with Hirofumi Yokoi, community leaders, practitioners, teachers, school managers and staff, and its advisory board members from both the Philippines and Japan will be invited to attend the ceremony at the site of the new class room in Hirai, Tokyo.

28 May 2011 | Tokyo, Japan

The seminar aims to provide international students with real understanding of cultural differences in the work place.

The Asia Career Seminar will be held at Tokyo, Japan on 28 May 2011, to help international students envision and identify their own personal and professional ways of life in culturally diverse settings. The seminar will include interactive dialogues and discussions, special lectures with real, visionary storytelling, and participant-centered workshops suited for job seeking and career planning. Akira Foundation supports this session as an institutional sponsor, by working with the Japan Research Institute (JRI).

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