AITEN Meeting January 20th 1pm-5pm (Sat)

Next Meeting

The next AITEN meeting will take place on January 20th (Saturday) at 1pm-5pm. The location will be at the Ookayama Nishi Juku Centre (大岡山西住区センター). It’s a 5 Min walk from Toritsu Daigaku Station. A map can be found at the bottom of this page!

 

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our last AITEN meeting! During our last meeting, we discussed plans, to begin with our video project, deciding upon the style and kind of stories we would like to have told through our videos.

The ideas we had for the videos we should be making are:

  1. Tell stories: Using existing video or pictures with text in order to ask questions like “What can we do about this?”, “What do these three people/countries have in common?
  2. Draw Pictures: Create videos that utilize stop-motion images on a canvas screen to explain issues and problems that Amnesty International aims to solve. Similar to Robert Reich’s video on “The Big Picture” 
  3. Focus on Specific Issues: Focus on issues like the refugees’ crisis, LGBTQ issues, hate speech and specific human rights abuses around the world and within Japan
  4. Create Quizzes: These are similar to videos we often see on Facebook, with video titles such as “How much do you know about?…Come to a meeting to find out!”

Within the meeting, we agreed that all videos should use a minimum amount of text and that they should not be longer than 1min. In addition, we also discussed the use of bilingual voiceover and subtitles, having each video be in both Japanese and/or English.

A final thought, we often talk about issues and problems that are sad and anger-inducing but we would also welcome Good News stories that showcase the progress that Amnesty International makes around the world and the benefits of joining AITEN here in Tokyo!

For the next meeting on the 20th of January starting at 1pm, we will begin recording videos for the next AITEN video project. Come prepared with any art materials or equipment for video-making, as well as your own ideas and suggestions.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!

The location of the meeting is as follows:

 

Stand up for Our Rights 6th Dec (AITEN Comedy Night)

AITEN is hosting a comedy night on Wednesday, December 6th at 8:00 pm at the Good Heavens Bar in Shimokitazawa. The event costs ¥1500 at the door and includes a free drink!

A portion of the proceeds from the event go to Amnesty International, so it will be a wonderful event that will support the excellent work done by Amnesty International all across the world.  The Comedy Night promises to be a night of laughs, drinks and great food. In addition to the comedy on offer, there will also be opportunities for letter-writing and an auction for prizes to be held that night.

We look forward to seeing you at the Comedy Night on December 6th at 8:00 pm!

 All necessary information is found on the poster attached below.

AITEN March meeting on Wed. 18th

AITEN March meeting on Wed. 18th

1900~2100 at the Pinnacle Japan office (DSK’s office) in Nishi Azabu.

We’ll be letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience and protest against torture.

We will keep on preparing for our next fundraising event to be hold around mid-May.

Recently many people have joined the group ! Don’t hesitate to join as well !

Dinner/drinks at a nearby restaurant afterwards !

Please join us! Meet up in front of Tully’s Coffee Shop on Roppongi Dori (Near Roppongi Station Exit 1B) at 6:45 pm.

AITEN February meeting report

AITEN February meeting report

AITEN’s February meeting saw 12 people fill the Pinnacle office in Nishi
Azabu. Katariina, who is on a short visit to Tokyo after working for
Amnesty in Finland and the Caribbean, told us about her work. There were
new members so we had some general discussion of recent human rights
issues and spent some time planning the next fundraiser in mid-May
before sitting down to letter writing on current cases in  Saudi Arabia,
the USA and China.

The meeting was hold on February 19th. Details below :

1900~2100 at the Pinnacle Japan office (DSK’s office) in Nishi Azabu.

We’ll be letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience and protest against torture.

We will keep on preparing for our next fundraising event.

Newcomers welcome !

Dinner/drinks at a nearby restaurant afterwards !

Please join us! Meet up in front of Tully’s Coffee Shop on Roppongi Dori (Near Roppongi Station Exit 1B) at 6:45 pm.

ROCK FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS March 20th 2014

 Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN) invites you to a celebration of women on the eve of Spring Equinox! Come out to What the Dickens! in Ebisu and

ROCK FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS!

While celebrating the success of empowerment women have achieved in recent decades, we also recognize that many are still denied basic human rights, due to child marriages, forced labor/sex slavery, and denial of education and political participation. Amnesty International campaigns on these and other issues. If you are interested, there will be chances to find out more, and to learn how you can work with us to make a difference.

AITEN_poster_Rock_women_right_2014_03

The evening features the beautiful acoustic sounds of Sorcha Chisholm, followed by music for dancing: the roots-rock music of

The Moonshots.

There will also be letter writing, and a monster prize raffle (“prize drawing”)!

And don’t forget that What the Dickens serves delicious pub food in
hearty portions!

 

Date: Thursday, March 20th 2014

Place: What the Dickens Livehouse, Ebisu
Time: Doors open 6:00 pm; music from 7:30 pm
Price: 1,500 (includes one free drink)
(All profits go to Amnesty International Japan)

Have a great night out and support a good cause at the same time! Tell all your friends! (Download the poster below and paste it at your school, work place, etc.!
See you there!

This PDF is 602KB in size. Click here to download (AITEN_poster_Rock_women_right_2014_03.pdf)

FREEDOM NIGHT 22 July, The Hard Rock Cafe

Mark your diary now!  Monday, 22nd July, 8pm, The Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo in Roppongi.

Amnesty International Japan invites you to liberate yourself from your Monday evening routine, and to join us in Roppongi for “FREEDOM NIGHT.”
Have you ever wished you could watch top-flight musicians like Bono and U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and The Police, and Tracy Chapman performing here in the center of Tokyo?
Would you like to have a great night out and support Amnesty International at the same time?
Now you can!
Come to FREEDOM NIGHT in Roppongi and check out AI’s latest AV package:
two DVDs and three CDs featuring some of the biggest names in musical entertainment.
All for the incredible price of 4,900 yen.
Date: Monday, 22nd July 2013 from 20:00, at The Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo in Roppongi.
We will play selections from the “Get Up! Stand Up!” DVD at 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00
Information in English:
Information in Japanese:
The aim of the event is to promote U2 signatured T-shirt (HRC), the new “Get Up! Stand Up!” music and video package, and Amnesty’s human rights work.
For anyone comes to the cafe wearing the U2 T-shirt, or who buys one at the cafe,
Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo will present a special cocktail – free!
The “Get Up! Stand Up!” music and video package will also be on sale for the incredible price of only 4,900 yen, and anyone who buys will also get a free gift! Buy several as Christmas and birthday presents!
Tell your friends and arrange to meet up there for a fun, educational night out!
Monday, 22nd July, 8pm, The Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo in Roppongi.


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April Public Meeting

Meetings

PAST MEETING

Wednesday, 18th April 2012, 19:30 – 21:30
AI Japan office (new location)

Join our informal English-language human rights discussion group.
Watch a short video, learn about human rights issues and meet new
people from different countries. You don’t need to be a native
English speaker – everyday conversation level and up. Join us for
information, action & fun!

Using Our Freedoms to Change the World

Amnesty International is part of an important global initiative to create an effective arms trade treaty.
There will be a major campaign that aims to influence U.N. negotiations this summer.
Come and learn how you can be part of this campaign.
We will also discuss how we can join hands with AI Japan in its work on refugees and asylum seekers. It’s time to SPRING INTO ACTION!!

Come alone or with friends. 500 yen voluntary donation.

Amnesty International Japan
7F Seika Bldg. 2-12-14 Kandaogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0052
Tel: 03-3518-6777

Amnesty Turns 50

 

Amnesty International is 50 this year!
http://blogs.forbes.com/jessethomas/2011/06/03/amnesty-international-at-50/
http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2011/05/amnesty-international-50/

Check out the latest link:
Read about four of the people – people like you – whom AI has helped:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/03/amnesty-political-prisoners

AITEN members and supporters writing letters for our Prisoners of Conscence in Burma at our meeting in July.
To get involved, email us, or just turn up at a meeting or event.

AITEN on YouTube
Watch and listen to supporters talking about AITEN in English, Japanese, & Korean!
Link to YouTube videos: http://www.youtube.com/aitenjapan#p/u

MEDIA EXPOSURE
we were featured in The Japan Times
Click on the website below and ENJOY !!!!!
[LIFE IN JAPAN] English speakers gather for human rights
By MINORU MATSUTANI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20090728ev.html

LAST YEAR’S APYN CAMPAIGN
Asia Pacific Youth Network activity to (((Demand Dignity)))

Young people from different countries in the Asia Pacific region including Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand etc stand together to Demand Dignity on 30 May 2009!
In a world where 1 billion people live in slums our call is simple: More Human Rights = Less Poverty.  With over thirty activities on 30 May, activists under the age of thirty years act together to amplify their demands for dignity for all.
Today, we are using people power, to tackle the human rights abuses that drive and deepen poverty, so that those imprisoned by poverty are empowered to change their own lives.
Youth activists in Tokyo gathered in Yoyogi park where an Earth Day NGO fair was taking place. We encouraged people to amplify their Voices on business cards about what dignity means to them.

Find out more about APYN on FaceBook.


Human rights materials for teaching English
We have collected some human rights related materials appropriate for teaching English to school students.

LETTER WRITING
Letter writing is at the centre of what we try to do at Amnesty International.  Take action now and start promoting and defending human rights, take a look at the latest worldwide Appeals for Action.  Please also refer to the letter-writing guide:

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=949