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Report of Workshop on November 12, 2018

Program title: “Diversophy Ⓡ”

Presenter: Juri Hikasa (Juntendo University)

Date & Time: Monday, November 12, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Shinjuku iLand Tower, 4F
Language: Japanese

Juri Hikasa led SIETAR Japan members and guests in a lively round of DIversophy, followed by a debrief and discussion of the cultural learning that the cards stimulate. Part of the Diversophy series of cards, this was the first set translated into Japanese by Juri herself when she was a virtual intern with George Simons International.
























Report of Workshop on May 21, 2018

Program title: An Evening with Dr. Condon

Presenter: Dr. Jack Condon , Moderator: Dr. Kaoru Yamamoto

Date & Time: Monday, May 21, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Building 2, Room 915 (9F), Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Language: English

Over 25 members and friends gathered on 5/21 for an evening well-spent with Dr,Jack Condon. Dr,Jack Condon shared with us the past, present, and future of the field along with challenges we must take on as SIETAR.






Report of Workshop on April 21, 2018

Program: “Listening to our bodies: Jin Shin Jutsu Self-help, a self-management method for stress.”

Presenter: Sadaki Kato ,Representative, Jin Shin Jutsu Research Center in Japan. Acupuncturist.

Date&Time: April 21 2018, Saturday 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Aoyama Gakuin
Language: Japanese

There are many stresses related to intercultural adjustment and intercultural communication: one might feel frustration, anger, and negative feelings when dealing with people who have a different value system. One might also feel helplessness and insecurity as one goes through culture shock. One might suffer from insomnia, depression and sadness in the new work environment. One might feel nervous before an important presentation. One might not know how to release fatigue and tension. Mr. Sadaki KATO shared with us some practical techniques to enhance our self-management competence and resilience through an Oriental medicine treatment method, called Jin Shin Jutsu.

Sadaki Kato is an official successor of Haruki Kato who was one of the two successors of Jiro Murai, founder of Jin Shin Jutsu. Mr. Kato continues to research on Jin Shin Jutsu, and practice Jin Shin Jutsu treatment. He also endeavors to spread Jin Shin Jutsu outside Japan and provides seminars around the world, including in the USA, Europe, and Brazil since 2014, collaborating with the JIN SHIN JYUTSU® headquarter in Scottsdale, Arizona.











Report of Workshop on January 19, 2018

Program: Can We “Become Japanese”? Social Markers of Acculturation and How We Decide Who Is “One of Us”

Presenter: Professor Adam Komisarof, Faculty of Letters, Keio University

Date&Time: January 19, 2018 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: Sophia University, Building 2, Room 915 (9th floor)
Language: English

Professor Adam Komisarof (Keio University) shared his latest research findings about social markers of acculturation (SMA) in Japan and beyond. SMA are culturally-constructed criteria, in this case among Japanese people, for accepting immigrants in society to the same extent that they do native-born Japanese. SMA include specific types of knowledge and skills (such as “Japanese common sense” or language proficiency), attitudes, attributes, and adherence to social norms. Dr. Komisarof not only identified the SMA most important to Japanese participants in his study, but also explained the predictors (such as perceived threat or intercultural contact) that most prominently influence which SMA are deemed important. He presented SMA in a broader context, comparing his findings in Japan to those in 5 other countries: Germany, Singapore, Finland, Canada, and Australia. There was ample time for Q&A, and participants discussed the SMA most important to them as individuals and in their countries of origin. We were asked to take a critical perspective on SMA and consider how they could be utilized perniciously to exclude immigrants and long-term sojourners.




Report of Workshop on October 15, 2017

Program title: Hāfu2Hāfu(​presentation and workshop​​)
Presenter: Tetsuro Miyazaki

Date & Time: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: Building 2, Room 915 (9F), Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus

Forty individuals celebrating their multicultural identities gathered yesterday at Sophia University to participate in Tetsuro Miyazaki’s Hāfu2Hāfu presentation and workshop. It was wonderful seeing so many young individuals, many non-SIETAR members, join us. We had a wonderful chance to hear about his project, ask questions, and share our responses to the questions posted on Tetsuro’s website below.

Portraits and questions:


Report of Workshop on September 22, 2017

Date & Time: Friday, September 22, 2017, 18:00-20:00

Program title: Enhancing Intercultural Competence through Japanese Martial Arts– Working with Oneself and Others Thru Movement

Presenter: Masaharu Nomoto, Representative of Kenju-kai, Training Center of Traditional Japanese Martial Arts

Venue: Building 2, Room 915 (9F), Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus










Report of Workshop on July 1, 2017

Date&Time: July 1, 2017 (Saturday) 15:00~17:00

Program title: The challenges of global forced displacement – can the UN Refugee Agency cope?

Presenters: Dirk Hebecher, UNHCR representative in Japan

Venue: Building 11, Room 1140 (4th floor), Aoyama Gakuen University, Shibuya Campus














Report of Workshop on May 20, 2017

​”​Work and Home Life for Indonesian Nurses Qualified Under the Japanese National Exam​”​

​Dr. Akiko Asai, Professor, J.F. Oberlin University
Mr. Mohamad​ Yusup​, nurse, Kawakita General Hospital​

Date & Time:  Saturday,May 20, 2017, 14:00-16:00
 Venue: Aoyama Gakuin University, Aoyama Campus Bldg. 15、3F、Rm.306

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Report of Workshop on June 4, 2016

Program title: Culture and Communication: Inside Out and Outside In — the Still-Radical Insights of Edward T. Hall and their Significance in Our Intercultural Work

Presenter: John Condon

Date & Time: June 4, 2016 (Saturday) 13:00~16:00
Venue: Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 915
Language: English




Report of Workshop on January 16, 2016

Title: Intergroup and Intragroup Prejudice among Minority Groups: Factors Underlying Bias Towards Others and Themselves
Presenter: Dr. James Johnson, Head of the School of Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific

Dr. James Johnson, Head of the School of Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific in Fiji, provided us with a thought-provoking and awe-inspiring lecture on intergroup and intragroup prejudice among minority groups.

For many African Americans, racism comes not only from the White majority group but also from other African Americans. Yet, most studies only examine prejudices White Americans have of African Americans and not those that African Americans have toward each other. Dr. James Johnson fills this gap through his numerous studies on African American intragroup prejudice and what factors affect it.

Dr. Johnson’s next interest is in extending his studies to factors that influence Japanese intergroup perceptions, attributions, and judgments of Koreans and is interested in finding future collaborators. We ended his session with an extensive and productive discussion between the attendees, Dr. Johnson, and his two colleagues from the University of the South Pacific, Dr. Ryota Nishino and Dr. Yoko Kanemasu. We continued the discussion over dinner with promises of future classroom and research collaboration.
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