Collaboration with Kinki CLAIR

 In 2007, the "Foreigner Support Network in times of Disasters" agreement was signed at the Kinki Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, which is composed of local international associations from the 5 Prefectures and 3 government ordinance cities(Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture. Kyoto City, Osaka City, Kobe City)in the Kinki area.
 This agreement is a basic agreement to establish a system of wide area support, which goes beyond local municipalities, during earthquakes and disasters. Support includes sharing of volunteer information and dispatch of interpreters.
 Based on this agreement, each association has prepared an Interpreter and Translator Volunteer in times of disaster registration system
(Refer to:http://www.ofix.or.jp/english/accept/volunteer/disaster.html)and together with the Council are conducting Disaster Volunteer Training and Multilingual Disaster Support Center Set-up and Management simulation training.

※1 Council of Local Authorities for International Relations
Local international associations, established to promote internationalization, that are recognized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication as core private international associations.

Collaboration with Local International Associations

 OFIX, together with 5 associations in Osaka【Osaka International House Foundation, Association for Toyonaka Multicultural Symbiosis, Tondabayashi Intercultural Communication Center, Suita International Friendship Association, Minoh Association for Global Awareness】and 3 municipalities【Sakai City, Ikeda City, Izumi City】compose the "International Association Network Osaka".
 Also, the Osaka Prefecture and NPO National Council for Multicultural Corporate Manager is participating in the International Association Network Osaka as an observer and together with related people from various areas, are conducting programs related to multicultural symbiosis and support for foreign residents in Osaka.

 During the Great East Japan earthquake in 2013, the Multilingual support center for the Touhoku Earthquake out at Pacific ocean was establish led by the NPO National Council for Multicultural Corporate Manager and provided Chinese language translation support.
http://eqinfojp.net/?category_name=chinese
 Taking advantage of this, they conducted a continuous training composed of lectures entitled "Considering about the support for foreigners in times of disasters" (3 sessions), seminars (2 sessions), and a report and evaluation session.(http://www.clair.or.jp/tabunka/shinsai/pdfdata/infolocal140610.pdf
 

 This kind of advanced network composed of multiple international associations collaborating to conduct a project is rare in other areas and it is even mentioned in the Foreign Residents Disaster Support Information in the homepage of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) as a case for each region.
 

KIV・NET(Kansai International Volunteer Network)

 Taking advantage of the Osaka APEC Meeting in 1995, the Kansai International Volunteer Network (KIV・NET)was established in 1996 with the aim of contributing to the development and promotion of international exchange volunteer activities. Support for volunteer activities at international events such as Sibos 2012 Osaka and Osaka Marathon have been conducted utilizing a network presently composed of 71 organizations.
 OFIX and International House, Osaka, take turns in becoming the Secretariat and not only arrange for Executive Committee Meetings and General Meetings, but also promote the sharing and exchange of information among the member organizations through a mailing list.

International Friendship Festival

 Every year since November 23, 1997, the International Friendship Festival has been held at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun). This festival is held by the Participants Support Council of the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (composed of 10 international associations from Kishiwada southwards and OFIX) to provide a venue for exchange between the trainees studying Japanese at the Japan Foundation Kansai International Center and the local residents.
 Each of the international associations prepares their own program and booth so trainees can experience a Japanese-like festival.
2016 International Friendship Festival
Date and Time: Wednesday November 23, 2016 (Public Holiday) 13:00-16:00
Venue: Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
Entrance Fee: Free

Click here for the 2016 flyer.

2015 International Friendship Festival
Date and Time: Monday November 23, 2016 (Public Holiday) 13:00-16:00
Venue: Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
Entrance Fee: Free

Click here for the 2015 flyer.