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Coffee Hour: Making Tsukuba A More International City

Author: Author unknown, Issue: June 1996, Topic: Coffee Hour

International Exchange Room Coffee Hour July 10th

As part of its activities, the Information Center sponsors a coffee hour discussion group every second Wednesday of the month from 2 to 4 pm. There will be two guests for the July meeting, with Martin Roche Nishimori and Nobuo Sugehara discussing their ideas for making Tsukuba more international and a city to be proud of.

From the foreigner's point of view, Martin Roche Nishimori will be presenting his views on how to make Tsukuba a better place, particularly focusing on international exchange and the environment. Martin, who originally hails from the U.K. and who has lived in Tsukuba for 10 years, is presently an English teacher and has served as the stage coordinator during the International Exchange Fair during the Tsukuba Festival. From the Japanese perspective, Nobuo Sugehara, who works for the Tsukuba New Development Company, will be speaking on the difficulties faced during the internationalization process, most notably related to the typically parochial and conservative views held by many of the local Ibaraki people (said to be among the strongest of any area of Japan).

This will be a good opportunity for Tsukuba residents to voice their own opinions on how to improve the city. If residents don't make themselves heard, then things tend to remain the same. A city hall representative will also be on hand to listen to the various opinions being expressed, and so this is a good opportunity to get your ideas across. As always, translation back and forth between English and Japanese will be provided as needed, depending on the participants. We look forward to seeing you there.

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