Osaka, Japan


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2018 Osaka Social Services Exchange

The 2018 Osaka Social Services Exchange will take place from June 10-18, 2018 in Osaka, Japan. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

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Osaka Committee Activities


Committee Co-Chair: Kimiyo Naka
Committee Co-Chair: Kaori Eguchi Stearney

Osaka Committee Information

The photography exhibit Kizuna 5, detailing ongoing recovery efforts from the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, is displayed throughout Chicago in 2016.

Kizuna Exhibit Information

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    Social Services Conference a Great Success

      In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first social services exchange hosted by Chicago, the Social Services Committee of CSCI convened a two-day conference in Chicago on June 9–10. To commemorate this model of cultural collaboration and sharing of best practices, all seven international cities that have participated in past exchanges came together…

    絆 Kizuna 5 Economic Seminar

    The 絆 Kizuna 5 Economic Seminar will feature a special program on doing business in Japan’s Tohoku region. Akihiro Ohyama, Chairman of IRIS USA will be featured as a speaker. More information and speakers to be announced. The economic seminar is part of 絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth, the fifth phase of an ongoing project focused…

    絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth Commemoration Ceremony

      To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is hosting a ceremony to remember the victims, celebrate the reconstruction of the Tohoku region and show continued support from the people of Chicago to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The ceremony will feature…

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    CSCI Cheering Stations at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees will join with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 9. Stations will have signs in foreign languages, flags and other activities. Committee Cheering Station Locations…

    Lessons in Effective Social Services Across International Contexts

    Join a presentation and discussion about effective social service policy and practice across international contexts. Chicago delegates who traveled to Osaka in 2015 for an annual week-long social services exchange will discuss findings as they pertain to ethnic minorities, LGBT services, mental illness, developmental disabilities, homelessness and older adults. 6:00PM Reception 6:30PM Presentations from Exchange Participants 7:30PM Q&A RSVP…

    絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth Photo Exhibition

    The 絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth photo exhibition displays the photos of Sendai-based photographer Kiyotaka Shishido who visited the Tohoku region of Japan to visually document portraits of children who participated in a video project to mark the 5th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Accompanying each photo will be…

    絆 Kizuna 5 Panel Discussion: Emergency Response for Natural Disasters and Global Partnership

    To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago will be hosting a panel discussion on emergency response and the importance of international cooperation during natural disasters. This panel discussion on natural disasters and global partnerships seeks to spread knowledge and awareness of…

    絆 Kizuna 4: Through Our Eyes

    絆 Kizuna 4: Through Our Eyes is the fourth phase of a multidimensional photography exhibition focusing on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The first three phases toured venues throughout Chicago in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The exhibition will be at the Richard J. Daley Center Lobby from March 9–13 and the James R….