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newsletter from Osaka Vol.87


Hello GEO readers! We are sending you 2 pieces of information this time.


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*June 15 PREX Symposium - Turning our Differences into Strength! Looking Beyond our Different Values and Nationalities”

*Business English Course for International Trade -30 places available on a first-come-first served basis-Six Evening Classes on Six Consecutive Wednesdays



*June 15 PREX Symposium - Turning our Differences into Strength! Looking Beyond our Different Values and Nationalities”


Our world is made up of different countries and different sets of values. It is through these very differences that we make new discoveries and celebrate our diversity. Can we overcome the “wall” in our hearts that tries to make us dismiss everything that is different from ourselves? Through understanding others, can we turn our “differences” into “strength”?

In this PREX Symposium, Mr. Daiko Matsuyama, the Vice Priest of Taizo-in, Myoshin-ji Temple has been invited to deliver the keynote lecture on topics such as the Japanese mentality of tolerance, unique religious perspectives, and the importance of mutual understanding between people.

In the latter half’s panel discussion, panelists actively working towards turning interactions with foreign cultures into “strength” will introduce various topics. Some topics will include the borderless mutual understanding brought about by interest in different cultures, the relationship of trust with foreign employees against the backdrop of globalizing small and medium-sized enterprises, and the discoveries of and solutions to regional problems related to living side by side with foreign residents. This will be followed by an open discussion about the significance and possibilities relating to people’s interaction with others. This event is sure to help you overcome the “differences” around you and transform them into “strength”.

■Date and Time: Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm to 5:20pm (Doors open: 1:30pm) (Exchange meeting: 5:30pm to 6:30pm)

■Participation Fee: Free (3,000 yen required for the Exchange meeting)

■Venue: The Event Hall, 4th Floor, Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center

(1-4-5 Hommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka) Nearest station: Five-minute walk from Sakaisuji-Hommachi Station on the Chuo and Sakaisuji Subway lines

■Hosted by: Pacific Resource Exchange Center(PREX)


(1) Keynote Lecture: Mr. Daiko Matsuyama (Vice Priest of Taizo-in, Myoshin-ji Temple)

“Mutual Understanding Between People”

(2) Panel Discussion: “How to transform “Differences” to “Strength”

■Coordinator: Ms. Mayumi Kubota (Professor of the Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University)


Mr. Daisuke Nishijima (President of Nakano Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)

Mr. Mao Danqing (Author and Professor at Kobe International University)

Ms. Shizuyo Yoshitomi (Director of Multilanguage Center FACIL and Professor at Nagoya University)

■Contact Information: Ms. Furumoto/Ms. Nishimoto, Pacific Resource Exchange Center(PREX)

■Phone: 06-6779-2850

■How to apply: Please send an email or a fax to the address/number below stating your company, position, full name, whether or not you will attend the exchange meeting (3,000 yen fee required), email address (If not, fax number) by Monday June 5, 2017.

■FAX: 06-6779-2840


Please see the website below for your reference.



*Business English Course for International Trade -30 places available on a first-come-first served basis-Six Evening Classes on Six Consecutive Wednesdays


Business English Course for International Trade -30 places available on a first-come-first served basis

Six Evening Classes on Six Consecutive Wednesdays

As enterprises increasingly expand their businesses overseas, there are a growing number of business opportunities where English is required.

In this course, students will learn practical English writing skills such as those related to making inquiries, offers, and product orders. This intensive evening course will help participants develop the English skills required on the international business stage, with a focus on 50 fundamental text examples that can be used in various practical trade situations.

The class size is small with the number of students limited to 30. This very popular course will allow you to learn useful English for trade purposes as well as access to the instructor’s experiences in the same field.

Please consider this course as an additional part of your company’s training for new employees and other self-development programs.

■Hosted by: The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

■Schedule: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2 (Every Wednesday, six classes in total)

■Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Reception open from 6:30pm)

■Venue: Conference room, The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2-8 Honmachi-Bashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City)

■Participation Fee: Regular Fee: 55,000 yen, Members of The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry :32,500 yen

■To Apply and for Further Details: Please see the website below.

(Japanese Only)

■Contact persons: Ms. Momoki/Ms. Ishii, International Division, The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

TEL: 06-6944-6411 FAX: 06-6944-6248



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* Osaka Prefectural Government: - various kinds of information about Osaka Prefecture:

* Osaka Government Tourism Bureau: Osaka Tourist Guide:

* Osaka Foundation of International Exchange:

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