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What?! Foreign residents aren't able to participate in the administration of Community Broadcasts?! Let's talk about the Broadcast System in a Multi-cultural Society

2011-12-18 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

FM Wai Wai, a multi-cultural and multi-lingual radio station, has been broadcasting in Kobe, a city home to many foreign residents. Early this year, FM Wai Wai changed its status from that of a public corporation to an NPO corporation in which there would be an 8-member Board of Directors, one of whom possessed non-Japanese citizenship. When the application for NPO corporate status was submitted to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, FM Wai Wai was informed that in keeping with the Wireless Communication Act of 1950, if even one director had foreign citizenship, such application could not be approved.

If the voice of a foreigner who is a resident cannot be heard in the making and planning of a community, then it is impacts on the livability of the society not only for the foreigner but also for anyone. Moreover, isn't a law that prevents the participation of a non-Japanese resident in the administration of a radio station that supports the community clearly out-dated?

Join us in thinking about the role of community broadcasts in a multi-cultural society through this citizens' live talk show.

Please note that this event will also be live-streamed via the internet at

Participants on the program

  • Cho Bak -- After 20 years of teaching, a multi-talented performer who debuted under the name of A Giant Singer in Naniwa, Pagiyan.
  • SUZUKI Hidemi, Professor (constitution), Osaka University Law School, Chairman, Osaka Information Disclosure Review Committee -- his specialties are constitution and media law.
  • KOYAMA Osahito, journalist, facilitator of the Free Journalist Club -- he covered pirate radio stations in France.
  • SUZUKI Eriko, Associate Professor (immigration policy), Kokushikan University -- Completed Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, she obtained a doctor's degree of sociology. She served as a permanent director of the Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies and the Multicultural Center.

Background explanation: HIBINO Jun-ichi, LEE Ocksoon, FM Wai Wai
Coordinator: YOSHITOMI Shizuyo, Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Multilanguage Center FACIL

Date: 2011-12-18 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHTS OSAKA), NPO Corporation FM Wai Wai
Venue: Theater SEVEN, Yodogawa Culture Box
Registration: Registration by email is required. Go to the email address given below to register.
Contact: For more information, questions, or to register, contact FUJIMOTO. Email address below.

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