Next AITEN’s Movie Night on Sunday 11th

Movie Night

Conviction (2010), starring Hilary SWANK and Sam ROCKWELL, dramatizes the true story of Betty Anne Waters—a high school drop-out single mother with two children and a blue-collar job—whose brother, Kenny, was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Unable to pay for a competent defense lawyer to appeal Kenny’s case, Betty Anne decided to devote herself to study to become that lawyer. 18 years later, in 2001, Kenny was released!

AITEN invites you to enjoy the award-winning movie of this amazing story at Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa this coming Sunday, June 11, at 5PM.

Next meeting

AITEN is the Amnesty International Tokyo English Network, a group of people living / working in Tokyo who get together to educate and agitate for human rights worldwide . Come and meet us—with no obligation to join— at our next meeting: Weds  June 14th at the AIJ Japan office

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’s movie night on May 17th (Tue): CITIZEN FOUR

The movie night will take place on Tuesday 17th, 19:00 at Good Heavens, Shimokitazawa (see map below).

For this next movie night, we have decided to choose the documentary “CITIZENFOUR” made by Laura Poitras. It is an interview of the praised whistle-blower Edward Snowden made directly before the huge scandal of the NSA (and its allies) global monitoring system.

In this documentary, a more personal aspect of Snowden is revealed, showing the human-being behind the hero/enemy, with his fears, his concerns, his emotions.

Free of charge, we accept donations to Amnesty International Japan ! (and the beer at Good Heavens is great, so come and enjoy the movie !


March 16th (Wed.) – AITEN meeting in Shimokitazawa, Good Heavens

AITEN January meeting on March, Wednesday 16th

1930~2100 in the GOOD HEAVENS, a bar in Shimokitazawa.

We will start with a new format for our meetings, hopefully more welcoming to newcomers ! The meeting will take place in the Good Heavens around a comfy table, with drinks/snacks and music.

We’ll be letter-writing to support prisoners of conscience and protest against torture, talking about latest Amnesty news and we will keep on planning this year’s actions:

  • Booths and visits to international schools in Tokyo
  • Support to Eskinder Nega through the Ethiopian embassy
  • Fundraising events and concerts
  • Movie projections
  • Drama playing about Amnesty with schools/university students
  • Outreach, stunts

Recently we have plenty of ideas, so we really need your help to make them happen ! Any particular skills may be handy !

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

ADDRESS : Setagaya, Daizawa 5-32-5

Google maps :

Tel: 03-3411-6774
E-mail :