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Information from KIRA

Decision to Cancel Youth Exchange with Torrance and Camden for 2021

Due to the global spread of the new coronavirus, the Youth Exchange program with the two sister cities has been cancelled.

Friendship Time:
“Aiming for regional development in North Africa where multiculturalism coexists: A Case study of Tunisia and Morocco" (Online Teams Live Streaming)

Mr. Maruyama will talk about his experiences in Tunisia and Morocco, where he conducted research, and about the olive oil and argan oil industries there, which is his field of research.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 6, 13:00-14:30
Lecturer: Mr. Yuki Maruyama (Graduate School of Life and Environmental      Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ph.D. candidate in Graduate School      of Life and Environmental Sciences)
Participation fee: Free
How to register: Please access the registration form from the QR code on the below and register. The URL to view the lecture will be sent to you by e-mail. If you are registering from a computer, please refer to this page. KCC website (http://www.kcc.kira-kira.jp/event/)

KIRA Member Training Seminar

Date & Time: Saturday, March 6, 10:00 - 11:30
Place: Palette Kashiwa Multi-purpose Space A
@Gap between foreigners seeking jobs and employers who want to hire foreigners.
ACurrent status and problems of the technical internship system, etc.
Lecturer: Administrative scrivener, Mr. Hatsuo Sugishita
Participation fee: Free
Number of applicants: 13

Application: Directly at the KCC counter or by e-mail at boshu-1@kira-kira.jp
*Please note that this event may be cancelled depending on the status of the new coronavirus infection.

Free Legal Advice for Foreign Residents

Lawyers and administrative procedure specialists will be available to help foreign residents with legal questions and documents. Any questions or problems are all right, such as visa, domestic violence, divorce, or trouble at the workplace. Please register beforehand.

Date: March 24 (Wed.)
Time: 1:00 P.M.〜 5:00 P.M.
Place: Palette Kashiwa A
Reservation: KCC (Kashiwa Cross-cultural Center) Office

KCC’s activities during the State of Emergency Declaration

Please see below for restrictions on the use of Palette Kashiwa.
・Operation hours of Palette Kashiwa is between 8:30 A.M.-6:30 P.M.
  (The KCC office operates between 8:30 A.M.-5:15 P.M.)
・The use of the following facilities is till 6 P.M.
  Meeting room, Multipurpose room, Work room, Co-working room, Open space room
・The guideline for the use of meeting room and multipurpose room
  -Use by 50% or less of the capacity of each rom
  -No meals (drinks allowed)
・Foreign Language courses will continue as before.
・Japanese Language classes are available online.

“The 5th Foreigner's Japanese Speech Contest in Kashiwa" is canceled.

In the midst of the COVID-19 calamity, we have taken sufficient measures to prevent infection and have been preparing for online viewing without spectators, but a state of emergency was issued and it was decided to cancel. We are currently considering alternatives.

We are proud to introduce to you the brand new KCC YouTube Channel!


Thank you all for your cooperation!

We received a lot of used stamps, undeliverable postcards, and coins this year. After announcing in the Kawara-ban that we would be sorting them out on December 12, many people came to help. We sent the used stamps to the Green Defense Fund, the postcards to the Japan Committee for Vaccines for the World's Children, and the coins to UNICEF as donations. 

Sign up for the Kashiwa mail delivery services.

Sign up to receive email announcements from the city, such as information about earthquakes, fires, crime, and infectious disease outbreaks in the language of your choice.
Send a blank email to this QR code.

COVID-19 Advise during Festive Season

●Refrain from going to places where the Three C’s are likely to occur, such as events, going out to eat, and other places where infection prevention measures are not strongly enforced. You should particularly refrain from attending parties and events where an unspecified number of people can gather and talk in loud voices.

●If you participate in any events, go out to eat, etc., take appropriate infection prevention measures by keeping a safe distance from others, disinfecting your hands, wearing a mask, and refraining from speaking in a loud voice.

●Refrain from late night drinking in crowded streets and restaurants or participating in similar events as much as possible.

●Find new ways to have fun at home such as spending time with your family or joining online events.

Japanese Language Classes

Due to COVID-19, the regular classes have not been restarted yet.
However, online Japanese classes will start. The first is two classes to try online lessons will be:
1.Intermediate Conversation Class: Saturday 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
2.Beginner Conversation Class: Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
(For details, refer to KIRA website)

The Chinese Language Salon has been canceled for the time being.

KIRA Covid-19 Disease Prevention Policy

As of June 15, 2020, if you are intending to attend any KCC events or courses, please be aware of the following:
If you have a body temperature higher than 37.5 degrees, cold-like symptoms, such as a cough or a sore throat, or if you are just not feeling well, you will not be permitted to attend.
At the event, please observe the following:

・Check your temperature when you first enter;
・Disinfect your hands and fingers with antiseptic solution provided in the room when entering and leaving;
・Wear a mask;
・Completely fill out your personal information on the Participant List (which will be used only in the case if an attendee is later to be found to have contracted Covid-19). This list will be discarded after three weeks;
・Avoid physical contact or talking with neighbors face to face, and keep appropriate social distancing;
・Bring your own supplies to avoid having to share;
・Refrain from eating or drinking except for the purposes of hydration (and in such cases, be sure to turn away and avoid conversation while lowering your mask);
・Do not loiter after the end of your event or course; and
・Follow the instructions of the person in charge.
If you are unable or unwilling to cooperate with the above guidelines, you will not be allowed to attend.
These guidelines are subject to change. Up-to-date guidelines are available on the KCC homepage or at the front desk of the KCC Office.

To the foreign residents living in Kashiwa City and nearby.

Coronavirus Consultation

Please call the Kashiwa COVID-19 Consultation Center at 04-7167-6777, if you exhibit symptoms of the virus such as a fever of 37.5° or more that continue for four days or if you feel strong lethargy or struggle to breathe. If you suffer from other preexisting or underlying conditions, please contact the center if you experience a fever that persists for two days.

Guideline for foreign residents:
Please see “About the New Coronavirus,” on Chiba Prefecture’s foreign language home page at https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/international/index.html.

Information on this page is written in ‘Easy Japanese,’ English, and Chinese.

Important steps to prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks: Avoid the “Three Cs”!
 @ Closed spaces with poor ventilation,
 A Crowded places with many people nearby,
 B Close-contact settings such as close-ranged conversation.

Stay Home! Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly!

To register, please register directly at the KCC office or e-mail KIRA with the name of the event, your name and your telephone number.

2020 Student Delegation Exchange Programs with Torrance and Camden have been cancelled due to the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please visit NHK WORLD-JAPAN homepage for the latest information.
It is the international service of Japan’s public NHK broadcast.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN provides the latest information on Japan and Asia through television, radio and online to a global audience.

Notice from the KCC Office

We put a monitor on the reception desk of the KCC Office.

Come and see pictures and videos of our activities. If you have any pictures or videos of KIRA activities, you can submit them to the KCC Office and you may be able to see them displayed as well!

Your language abilities are needed!

Please apply to be an interpreter or translator.
Languages such as:
    English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and so on.
Registration: Please send an e-mail to koryu@kira-kira.jp
       NPO Kashiwa International Relations Association
Please send the completed registration form to the KIRA .
You can download the registration form the following KIRA homepage.

Chinese Saloon

It will be cancelled for a while.

No registration is necessary. Come to the KCC on that day.

  Date: Every third Wednesday in the month
  Time: 10:00 a.m.to 11:30 a.m.
  Place: Palette Kashiwa
  Fee: free

Advertise with KIRA

KIRA will show advertisements on the KIRA website and Kawaraban, the monthly
newsletter. KIRA is looking for advertisers who are interested in this opportunity.
To receive information on how to advertise with KIRA, please contact the KIRA office.

Information from other than KIRA

Kashiwa City’s Consultation Desk for Foreign Residents

 The consultation service is free of charge.
 Please call 04-7168-1033 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 Spanish (Monday)
 Korean (Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month)
 Chinese (Wednesday and Friday)
 English (Thursday)

Get Your Free City Residents Manual Today

For those who are registered or about to be, City Hall would like to give you a manual (in several languages) on living in the city, a disaster prevention handbook, information on how to dispose of waste, and a complete set of brochures to make your life in Kashiwa easier. Get it at the Citizen Section of City Hall (building 2, 1st Floor). Inquiry: International Exchange Office, City Hall, tel. 7167-0941.

Multilingual Living Information Sponsored by the CLAIR

The KIRA website is linked to Daily life information sponsored by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). The CLAIR home page provides information on healthcare, education, housing, and transportation in 13 Languages.
● URL:  http://www.clair.or.jp/e/

Kashiwa Newsletter in Three Languages

Now you can view articles from the city newsletter in English, Spanish, and Chinese by clicking "Foreign Language" at the top of the Kashiwa City official website (http://www.city.kashiwa.lg.jp/).



Kashiwa International
Relations Association

1-7-1-301 Kashiwa Kashiwa-shi

Close:Sunday・National holiday