On March 13, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the International House of Roppongi we plan to have Nancy Roberts, a speaker from the Polarisproject Japan office. She is an intern who is just finishing her project about the Polarisproject in Tokyo this March. She will be joined by Kazu Funato (staff) who will help her to talk about the positive steps to curb human trafficking and the explotation of children and young women in Japan. More can be learned about the Polaris Project at http://www.polarisproject.org/
The meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the International House in Roppongi. Anyone is welcome to join both the meeting and our dinner in the I-House restaurant afterwards. This time of year, the surrounding garden is a joy to see.
At our February meeting, we enjoyed a lecture from Kanae Doi, Japan Director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, an organization that investigates abuses of human rights around the world and pressures goverments to reform through exposure and persuasian. As a newly minted lawyer, she went to Eritrea to help with the writing of laws and constitution when that country was newly independent from Ethiopia. She focused her presentation on recent activities and successes by Human Rights Watch in the Congo. You will frequently see HRW quoted in the news about the current struggles for democracy in the Middle East.