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This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program.
(Inter FM 76.1 MHz)
Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m.

September 27

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will be offering free Professional consultation services for foreign residents on Saturday, October 4th. Consultation will be available on issues like visa status, labor issues, contracts, compensation for damages and family problems related to marriage and divorce. Interpreters speaking English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, Spanish and German will be present. You don’t need to make a reservation to talk to an advisor, and all consultations will be kept in strict confidence. The consultation services will be available on the afternoon of Saturday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the 12th floor of Bar Association Building. To get there, get off at Kasumigaseki Station on Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line or Chiyoda Line. For more information call Kanto Federation of Bar Association at 03-3595-8575

The Academy Awards–accredited Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2014 is one of Asia’s largest international festivals focusing on short productions. This year, as a special event launched together with the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, the “CinemaTravel Presented by SSFF & Asia” short film screenings will take place at the TIAT Sky Hall, newly built in the international passenger terminal at Haneda Airport. There will be free screenings of short movies from 17 countries around the world, including Japan, Ireland, Germany, France, and South Korea, all on the theme of “travel.” Three of these works are set in Tokyo. The festival takes place on 9 days in total, the Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays in October. You can pick the times you want, with screenings running from 7:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night. This is a great opportunity to experience the filmmakers’ world of “cinema travel.” For the official schedule and more information, go to http://www.shortshorts.org/cinematravel2014/

September 20

To start this week’s Tokyo City Information, we’ve got an announcement about safety on the roads. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is taking part in the Autumn National Traffic Safety Campaign for 10 days beginning on September 21st. This year, activities will focus mainly on preventing accidents involving children and senior citizens. The goal is to get everybody to reconfirm their understanding of the proper manners and rules of the road. Once autumn arrives, the sun goes down earlier each day. Families with young children and elderly members can help to prevent pedestrian and cycling accidents during dusk hours and after dark by making sure they wear reflective clothing and turn on the lights on their bicycles early in the evening. If you’re in your car, be sure everyone is buckled up safely, and that small children are in their properly installed child seats. During this safety campaign, the authorities are also calling on people to help stamp out drunk driving and motorbike accidents.

Next we have information on an event letting you experience a traditional Japanese autumn. The Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens are now hosting the annual Bush Clover Festival, a chance to enjoy the charms of autumn. Paper-covered lanterns called andon and bonbori softly light up the park after dusk, and the dreamy atmosphere is perfect for experiencing the park’s famous “bush clover tunnel.” The event lasts through Sunday, October 5th. Park hours are from 9:00 to 5:00 daily, but to celebrate the 210th anniversary of the park’s establishment, for four days, on the weekends of September 27th and 28th and October 4th and 5th, hours will be extended until 9:00 at night. The weather is cooling down, and the beautiful chirping of the bell crickets fills the park each evening. Come down to Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens to create some beautiful memories of the season. You can walk there from Higashi Mukojima Station on the Tobu Skytree Line. Admission is 150 yen for adults, 70 yen for seniors aged 65 and older.

September 13

First we’ve got an announcement about consultations on labor issues for foreign residents of Tokyo. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Labor Consultation Center, foreigners are welcome to seek advice on all sorts of labor problems, including wages and working conditions. This is the place to go for advice in English or Chinese, whether it’s on illegal firing practices, problems with payment of wages or overtime, sexual harassment in the workplace, or other issues. All consultations will be kept in strictest confidence, and there’s no cost for any of the talks. To set up an appointment, call 03-3265-6110. English consultations are available from Monday to Friday, while Chinese-speaking counselors are on hand from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoons, Tuesday through Thursday. You can make a reservation for a consultation in another language, including Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, or Persian. For more information, check out the Tokyo Metropolitan Labor Consultation Center website (in English) for details.

Up next, we’re going to tell you about an exciting event for the whole family. Tokyo Prefecture includes a number of remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, like Oshima, Niijima, and Hachijojima. A special event called the "Tokyo Island Fair" will take place to introduce the natural beauty, tourism opportunities, and local products of these islands. At this event, you’ll have the chance to buy some of the unique products from Izu oshima and Ogasawara Islands. It will also feature live concerts and performances of Japanese taiko drums on the main stage This family-frienldy event will take place at the event area outside the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, September 19th, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, the 20th. There is no cover charge for this event.

September 6

First, we’ve got an announcement about a photographic exhibition. The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is now hosting the "New Cosmos of Photography" exhibition for 2014. This show presents many works by Japanese and foreign photographers and is well known as a way for new talent to make a name in the industry. For this year’s show, the 37th annual program, the exhibition welcomed entries from more than a thousand photographers. The strict judging process has selected 5 winners of Excellence Awards and 20 artists who have won Honorable Mentions in the show. These fresh, powerful works from the world’s top young photographers are not to be missed. You can seen them through Sunday, September 21st, at the museum. The museum is closed on Mondays except for September 15th, Respect for the Aged Day. (It will be closed on Tuesday the 16th instead.) To get to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, take the JR lines to Ebisu station and walk about 7 minutes from the east exit. You can get more information on the show at the museum’s website at (http://www.syabi.com/)

Next we have an announcement about the Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Gardens in Taito ward, which will be hosting afternoon mini concerts this season. Unlike shows at a formal concert hall, these performances are open to people in ordinary clothing and families with small children. Each day features a new musical show, with performances by accordion and violin, soprano singers and piano, and the Japanese instruments koto and shakuhachi. The concerts take place on the extended weekend from Saturday, September 13th, through Monday the 15th, and on the weekend of the 20th and 21st. The shows start at 1:00 and 3:00 each afternoon, lasting for about a half-hour each. These concerts all takes place at the site of the former Iwasaki residence in the Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Gardens, on the grassy lawn. There is no fee to attend these concerts beyond the park admission price. This is a great chance to bring your friends and family and experience one of Japan ’s finest Western-style homes of the Meiji era, along with beautiful music. To access the Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Gardens, take the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Yushima Station and walk from there. Admission to the park is just 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for senior citizens aged 65 and older.

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