Based in Nakano City, where our campus is located, we are working toward diversity, inclusion and interaction and disseminating intercultural messages across Japan and overseas
Details of the Initiative
There are currently about 2.8 million foreign nationals living in Japan. This number will continue to increase in the future. The students of the Yamawaki Seminar is working mainly in Nakano City, where our campus is located, with the overarching theme of intercultural interaction.
Every year in July, we hold a roundtable for the mayor of Nakano City and foreign students, and in December, we invite the mayor and other local residents to attend the Nakano Intercultural Forum, in which we discuss various issues surrounding foreign residents. In 2019, we also held a sports day for residents from diverse backgrounds to interact with each other.
At the Human Rights Festa hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, presentations were held on the themes of diversity and inclusion. We also organized intercultural workshops for children. In 2020, three workshops were held online for elementary school students. In 2021, we organized workshops for junior and senior high school students.
We are also making efforts to promote “plain Japanese,” a form of the Japanese language which is easy for everyone to understand and which promotes the values of openness and compassion. In 2020, we produced videos, using plain Japanese, and in November we held an online event called “Plain Japanese Market” in Nakano City. In 2021, we made a music video in which my students sing a rap song about intercultural communication and the importance of plain Japanese.
Every year, during the summer vacation, we also make a study trip and visit local governments in other countries. To datre, we have visited the Korea, Taiwan, Netherlands and Australia.