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(6/11) NFSJ Cafe #20 (Online) “Human Trafficking in Japan?”

We decided to have an online NFSJ Cafe “Human Trafficking in Japan?” in the evening (19:00-21:00) of Thursday, June 11, using Zoom conference system.

The “cafe” will first offer a basic online presentation by Mariko Yamaoka, Director of NFSJ, on the trafficking issues in Japan, followed by Q&A, discussion, and networking time.

This event will be conducted in Japanese. (If there is any request for another such event in English, please let us know.) Reservation is required: https://forms.gle/DakMdAzHJL5hKcwy5

 

(Report) 2/16 NFSJ Awareness Table at Fair Trade Forum Musashino 2020

On February 16, NFSJ participated in the Fair Trade Forum Musashino 2020 at the Seikei University in Kichijoji, Tokyo, and also participated in the Fair Trade Marketplace held at the same place.

As we have reported in the NFSJ newsletter, Musashino City is now actively working towards Fair Trade Town Certification, which is a joint effort by the city government, businesses, shops, and civic groups to expand movement of fair trade. The “Fair Trade  Forum Musashino 2020” was also the launch of the Fair Trade Town Musashino Promotion Council.

In the forum, Ms. Satomi Harada, one of the members of the Fair Trade Town movement who led Nagoya City to the certification and has been leading the activities since then, gave a keynote speech. Then, university students with ties to Musashino City presented their action plans of town planning, and a panel discussion on “Sustainable communities with bees” was held. The organizer initially expected about 100 people to attend, but the hall was almost full with 180 participants.

You may wonder “What does human trafficking have to do with fair trade?”  One of the activities of NFSJ’s mission is to provide information to the general public to help them take small actions to eradicate human trafficking. The most frequently asked question at lectures and workshops is, “So what can we do to solve this problem?” Fair trade incorporates not only purchasing goods and raw materials from producers at a fair price, but also a variety of support to ensure that these people are guaranteed a livelihood and continue their economic activities. Buying fair trade products is a small step, but it can be a big movement if we do it together. That’s why we are inviting you to buy fair trade products and promote ethical consumption as one of the strategies to get involved in solving the problem of human trafficking.

On that day, NFSJ handed out materials such as “Why NFSJ Recommends Fair Trade” flyers* with action cards asking stores to stock fair trade products, and the “Guidebook for Exploring Ethical Products*” to help people find ethical products by noticing various certification marks. The action cards in particular drew the interest of other fair trade shops; there was a lady who said, “We’ll hand them out at our booth too!” According to Ms. Harada, who gave the keynote speech, “People flock to things that are delicious, fun, glamorous and sparkling. This aspect is important for the spillover and sustainment of the social contribution activities.” Though human trafficking is a serious issue, it is important for NFSJ to experience and expand communication in such a sparkling event.

(*Although available only in Japanese, you may order copies of the Fair Trade Flyer and the Ethical Products Guidebook (leaflet). Please contact: japan@notforsalecampaign.org.)

 

(Report) NFSJ Seminar : Ethical Consumption to protect Human Rights, Environment, Peace and Animal Rights

The NFSJ seminar “How to practice ‘ethical consumption’ to protect human rights, environment, peace and animal rights” was held on February 15 as part of Yokohama International Forum 2020. The speakers were Mariko Arikawa, a sustainable PR planner and ethical consumption coordinator, and Mariko Yamaoka, the director of Not For Sale Japan. The forum was held when people just started to worry about the spread of COVID-19, so the number of participants was as half as the past years. Our seminar was attended by 20 people including staff and speakers in the room that seats 36 people.

Ms. Arikawa is well-versed in so-called “green purchasing” and ethical consumption. She explained how and what to buy ethically, in particular, to protect environment. She took tea as an example and compared the data of price and carbon dioxide emissions in the two cases: pouring home-brewed tea in a bottle and buying tea in plastic bottles.

When hearing of ethical consumption or fair trade, a lot of people would feel pressured, thinking they would have to change their whole life-style. But Ms. Arikawa says quite differently: “You can just add one ethical factor to other factors of your purchasing decision like preference and price. In Japan, 49 % of the whole “consumption” amount is categorized “home purchases”, so it is more likely to create bigger change by changing the action of each of the consumers.

Yamaoka of NFSJ talked about ethical consumption in terms of human rights. Behind the products and services we buy are exploitative structures: for example, foreign technical intern trainees and students come to Japan after paying deposit and other cost by borrowing money and find themselves deeply stranded in the slave-like labor condition. But as a consumer, it is hard to discern if this kind of structure exists behind the certain product we buy. “Ethical Report Card of Companies” is one of the possible ways to choose ethical companies, along with buying fair trade products.

In the discussion time, all participants were divided into groups with 4-5 members and shared their own experience of sustainable purchasing and talked about ideas to promote ethical consumption. And in the sharing time, variety of ideas were presented, such as buying directly from the producers, creating system of domestic fair trade, telling stories behind the products, promoting products by creating podcast programs, etc. We were all glad by the outcome of the event where participants exchanged their views and ideas lively and in a very friendly atmosphere.

2/15 Ethical Consumption to protect Human Rights, Environment, Peace and Animal Rights (Yokohama International Forum)

This is an event to be held on Feb. 15, 15:20-17:10 at Icho (4th floor) of JICA Yokohama, as a seminar in the Yokohama International Forum.

NFSJ will sponsor a seminar to inform the participants of the Ethical Report Card of Companies and Guricho, Green and Ethical Choices, projects of SSRC, or Citizens’ Network to Build a Sustainable Society through Responsible Consumption.

We also invite Ms. Mariko Arikawa, a Sustainable PR Planner and Ethical Consumption Coordinator as a guest speaker. This seminar will be held in Japanese.

(This seminar is for free, but one need to pay for the admission for the Yokohama International Forum which is 500 yen with reservation and 700 yen on-site. )

 

6/13 NFSJ Cafe No.17 Views of Two Foreign Students on Japan’s Sex Industry—Screening of a documentary “Beyond the Yellow Line”–

NFSJ Café #17
Views of Two Foreign Students On Japan’s Sex Industry
–Screening of a documentary ”Beyond the Yellow Line”–

“How and why do illegal forms of sex work exist directly under the noses of law enforcement in Japan?”

Two female exchange students currently studying in a university in Tokyo chose to make a documentary as a final research project for a class.

Already burdened and versed in social justice issues like terrorism, genocide, refugees, homelessness, child trafficking etc., with the help of a Japanese woman working in the sex industry, the two students set out on a filming endeavor to delve into Japan’s red light district. The documentary “Beyond the Yellow Line” is the product of their four-month research of interviewing the shopkeeper of a “Free Information Center” in Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, sex buyers, and the sex worker.

Let’s witness the students’ view on Japan’s sex industry (or Fuzoku, as it is called in Japanese) by watching the documentary, then hearing them comment and discussing with them. (The documentary has English and Japanese subtitles:  59 minutes.)

《Date & Time》June 13(Thur), 2019,  19:00~21:00  (Doors open at: 18:45)

《Place》”Space C”,  3rd Floor,  Musashino Place
     2-3-18, Kyonan-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
      (1 min. walk from the South Exit of JR Musashi-Sakai Station)

《Admission》 Free  (Max.20)

《Reservation》 japan@notforsalecampaign.org
 or indicate your will of participation on the Facebook Event Page

《Sponsored by》 Not For Sale Japan(NFSJ)

《Language》 Japanese & English

(The documentary is subtitled in Japanese & English. Q&A would be done in either language. No interpretation provided, but the speakers are bilingual.)

《Speaker》
Ms. Hanako Montgomery and Ms. Tess Rizzoli, the producers of the film, will answer the questions after the screening.

Ms. Hanako Montgomery, who studies Japanese History & Language, Asia & Asian American Studies at a university in NY, currently is studying Japanese language, politics, literature and history at Sophia University in Tokyo. She’s been interested in social justice issues like violence against women since she learned about them in a junior high school class. Her interest in Japan’s prostitution industry was sparked when she visited Osaka with her family and noticed sex workers there.

Ms. Tess Rizzoli is enrolled in the faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies of Cambridge University, UK, and currently studying Japanese literature and society in Sophia University. Shocked by the reality of child marriage and prostituted children in the foreign countries while traveling with her family as a child, as well as the issues of violence against immigrants and women in her ancestral country Italy, her interest in marginalized people continued and she volunteered for 2 years to help the homeless community in Cambridge. Noticing that Japan is not a safe country as she previously believed  and hoping to give a voice for the voiceless people in society, she decided to make this documentary with her friend.

NFSJ Café, sponsored by the anti-trafficking non-profit Not For Sale Japan is a casual learning opportunity with tea and snacks to hear or watch movies on related issues. Come and join us!

Download the event flyer here.

20190613 NFSJ Cafe No.17 Flyer (E)

3/19 Seminar on the Ethical Report Card of Companies

This is an announcement of the event to be conducted in Japanese on March 19 in Tokyo: “Seminar on the Ethical Repot Card of Companies” sponsored by Citizens’ Network to Build a Sustainable Society through Responsible Consumption (SSRC). If you are interested and need an English info, please contact:
japan@notforsalecampaign.org Thank you!

Flyer PDF (Japanese)
企業のエシカル通信簿 第3回結果発表会チラシ