AITEN Meeting on December 9th

Next Meeting

The next AITEN meeting will take place on December 9th (Saturday) at 1pm, at the Doutour right by the Amnesty International office. We will continue to discuss preparations for our upcoming art exhibition + auction, video project and increasing the profile of AITEN on online platforms.

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our last AITEN meeting – it was great to see some new faces joining our group! During our last meeting, we discussed plans to hold an art exhibition and auction as a fundraising event for Amnesty International. We are still discussing plans for a potential venue, please keep your eyes open for any spaces or exhibition halls that may be available for 40-60 people or more!

We also began work on our future video project for AITEN. We were able to film a few interviews with AITEN and Amnesty International members and show a few clips of the letter-writing activity. We hope to create a few more of these quick videos to raise awareness of the many activities, events and projects at AITEN. Get thinking about potential ideas for videos and don’t hesitate to share them at the next AITEN meeting!

It’s clear that we need to do more to keep sharing things and making our website & Facebook page more attractive, with a few members suggesting an Instagram page, blog or Twitter account. At the next meeting, bring any ideas you have to increase the online profile of AITEN in Japan!

After the AITEN meeting at 1pm, Amnesty International Japan will hold the annual Human Rights Day Letter-Writing Marathon at their offices from 2pm-4pm. If you are interested, head over to AIJ offices right after the meeting to take part in this wonderful event.

The location of the Doutour Coffee can be found below:

Next Events

Dec 3 (Sun) What the Dickens open-mic letter writing. On the same day Nahid, who has supported many AITEN events is holding a Persian Music event. Please think about supporting one of these. We will post an attendance form soon – good if we can have some members at each. Information about the Persian Music event can be found at this link: Persian Music Event

Dec 6 (Wed) AITEN Comedy Night (8pm-late) at Good Heavens in Shimokitazawa. 1500 yen at the door. Please bring and tell all your friends and share the flyer Chris has posted. Let’s make sure we have a good attendance for this hilarious event! Come earlier to grab some food before the bar gets too busy.

Dec 9 (Sat) Write for Rights (2-4 pm) Ahead of Dec 10th Human Rights Day the annual letter writing marathon will be held at the AIJ office.

Dec 27 (Wed) AIJ Concert in Shibuya from 7pm: Several bands including シアターブルック& the band apart. Tickets, 3,600 in advance.



Meeting on November 10th

Next meeting

 The next AITEN meeting will take place on November 10th (Friday) – we will keep going with the preparation of the comedy night, and the video making project started with Amnesty Youth group. We especially need people with camera skills (and equipment!) to realize this plan and it will be an active session, trying out ideas and drawing up detailed plans. So please try to come – and if you can’t, let us know any other ways you might be able to help. Bringing more young people into AI is a very important priority. We hope we might get other schools involved – YIS and ISSH for starters perhaps.
We’ll continue our letter-writing activities to support prisoners of conscience and oppressed people all around the world.
Place: Amnesty international Japan Office, Kanda

Next events

Workshop tour by Chen Guangcheng,

the blind Chinese civil rights activist who now lives in the USA. The Tokyo date is October 29 (Sun) and there will be a session on the 28th in Kamakura.  Here is the info in Japanese:

1st Stand-up Comedy Night with AITEN !

at Good Heavens, in Shimokitazawa, on December 6th (Wednesday) from 7pm. Please come along with your friends to have a good laugh ! Profits will go to Amnesty International Japan.

Upcoming AIJ events of interest

* Film events on Oct 11th and 25th and Nov 9th & 28th – public showing of sections of The Human Rights, a series of live concerts with U2 and other amazing musicians between 1986 and 1998. These will be held in Shimokitazawa Garden. Tickets are 1,800 in advance and 2,300 on the day. More info on this later.
* On Dec 27th AIJ plans a huge live-house event in Shibuya. Watch this space.
Keep your eye on the many on-line AI campaigns and please think of how you can help our new video project.

Free Taner, Amnesty’s chair jailed in Turkey !

Demonstration at the Turkish embassy in Japan on June 15th !

AITEN members joined AI Japan last week to protest and urge the Turkish authorities to free Taner Kiliç. The Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, has been detained in Turkey and wrongly accused of membership of the “Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization”, which the authorities blame for last year’s attempted coup.

Turkey: drop the charges against Chair of Amnesty International Turkey and release him immediately

Demo at the Turkish embassy

Aiten’s Monthly Meeting – May 16th

The next regular monthly meeting will be held at the AIJ office in Shin Ochanomizu/ Kanda from 7-9pm.

We will hear reports from the Rainbow Parade, which AIJ and AITEN members took part in for the first time, and the Yamathon event in which four intrepid AITEN members plus supporters valiantly walked the length of the Yamanote Line in pouring rain in support of Plan International. Letter writing will focus on the case of gay men in Chechnya who are under attack and the on-going support of imprisoned journalists. Without free and unobstructed media, human rights cannot prevail so our support for brave individual journalists and bloggers is an essential part of Amnesty’s campaigns. We need to do some forward planning too. Come and be involved!!

All old and new human rights supporters are very welcome to come and share your ideas!! Scroll down for a map.

AITEN events and meetings in March 18th -20th – 21th !

1. This Saturday, 18th March 2017, Sacred Heart International School
will hold their annual Family Festival.

And again this year the organizers have waived the fee for the table so that AITEN members and supporters can ask
people to write and/or sign cards for Prisoners of Conscience, to buy AI goods or make a  donation, and can support and exchange ideas with the school AI group.
There is food and drink from around the world, an amazing range of stuff to buy, and the festival will go ahead rain or shine, so come to Hiroo subway station on
the Hibiya Line (one stop from Ebisu), enjoy the festival (it runs from 10:00 to 16:00), and help out on our table for an hour or so.
We really need your help!
Poster for the festival:

2.  Next AITEN public meeting is on Monday 20th March  2017 (4 ~ 6:30pm).
      “The Witch-hunts of the McCarthy Era and HUAC, and its lessons
for us today.”

The discussion will be introduced by showing clips from the recent movie “Trumbo,” (English only, running time 120 mins)
starring Brian Cranston. (A version with J subtitles is due in mid-May). Trumbo trailer here.

Come, watch, discuss.

Free admission. No cover charge. Food and great beer available.
The place is the Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa. (Google maps

3. AITEN monthly meeting on Tuesday 21st March at the AIJ office.

We’ll be letter-writing and event planning (including what we will do at What the Dickens on Sunday, 2nd April and on Earth Day Weekend at Yoyogi
Park on April 22/23). All welcome, no obligation to join.
Map to Amnesty’s office in Kanda:

Hope to see you at one or more of those. Please forward this notice to
people you know.

“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

AITEN meeting on January 17th (Tuesday)

Happy New Year 2017 ! Best wishes to all of you !

The first meeting of the year will be on January 17th (Tuesday).

Please join us to learn more about Amnesty and its volunteers worldwide enthusiasm that keeps people free ! Newcomers welcome !


  • Planning for 2017, (art workshops, movie events, charity fundraising, gigs, etc)
  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world.

Don’t forget to check as well the Film Festival organized by Amnesty International Japan in January (28-29) !

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 17th, 19:00~

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail :

Google maps link

AITEN Meeting – May 24th (Tue.), AIJ office in Kanda

Thanks to all of you for coming to our film projection of CitizenFour tonight, it was great !

Following on the topic of privacy and freedom of expression, we will have an AITEN meeting next week, this time in the AIJ’s office near Kanda.

  • Discussion around your impressions about CitizenFour and the issues at stake

  • Some journalists members of the FCCJ (Foreign Correspondent Club of Japan) may visit and participate to the debate

  • Yang will present the case of Eskinder Nega, an Ethiopian journalist sentenced to prison for expressing his political opinions

  • Letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience around the world

Note in your agendas: Tuesday 24th, 19:00

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail :

Google maps link

New Year’s meeting on Jan .13th (Wed.)

AITEN January meeting on Wednesday 13th

1900~2100 in the Amnesty Japan’s office in Kanda.

Happy New Year to everyone ! As a good resolution, let us keep supporting people for freedom of conscience and expression, fight against torture and organize fund-raising events for AI Japan ! 2016 will be a promising year as our group has been growing all last year 🙂

We’ll be letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience and protest against torture, and we will start planning our actions for this year.

Recently many people have joined the group ! Don’t hesitate to join as well ! We need your help ! People around the world need your help !

Dinner/drinks at a nearby restaurant afterwards !

Please join us! Here is a map to the office :

ADDRESS : 7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0052
TEL : +81-3-3518-6777  FAX : +81-3-3518-6778
E-mail :

Google maps link

Human Rights Day : Amnesty’s LETTER-WRITING MARATHON on Dec. 12th !

   Celebrate Human Rights Day by joining the 12-hour writing marathon organised by Amnesty International! Participate in the world’s biggest human rights event!

Saturday, 12th December 2015

Letter-writing Marathon

By writing lots of letters you can join the world.

By writing lots of letters you can help to stop human rights abuses.

This marathon is not hard.

Just write letters at your own pace, thinking of people suffering overseas:

Burkina Faso: forced to marry even though she is still a child

El Salvador: charged with a murder following a miscarriage

USA: still not released, although all the charges have been dropped

Iran: minors under sentence of death

We have prepared a range of activities for you throughout the day starting from 9 AM. You can make a bangle from an old Sari, write a letter in Spanish, and enjoy a party with a DJ, eating, drinking and dancing to music from all over the world!

Case_BurmaYou are free to enter and leave anytime, except for the bangle workshop (which needs a reservation in advance).

Invite your friends and relatives and enjoy together!

 9:00        Start

10:00        Introduction to Amnesty’s activities in 2015

10:30        Making a bangle from an old Sari

        * Fee 1,000 yen (snack included)

       * To participate, apply in advance.


12:00        Lunch: compare curries of Asian countries

13:00        Letter-writing♪

* Write in support of up to 12 persons from 12 countries, against violations of human rights.

16:00         Let’s write a letter in Spanish!

18:00        Let’s Party!  (*Fee 1,000 yen)

*We will exhibit the letters from Amnesty supporters to Hakamada Iwao, who spent 48 years in prison on a false charge.

Japanese version / 日本語版:

This PDF is 200KB in size. Click here to download (FLY_Group-Writing-Marathon.pdf)