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  • Hiroki Komazaki: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    Sick children nursing symbolizes the difficulty of Japanese families to carry the responsibilities of both working and raising children In Japan most regular nurseries or day care centers cannot take care of sick children even if it s only a fever or cold and the ones that can only amount up to 2 of all regular nurseries Even though these capable facilities where parents may leave their sick children are scarce most Japanese companies do not allow parents to be absent from work in order to take care of them And moreover even if parents were allowed to leave work they wouldn t be treated fairly after coming back With the number nuclear families increasing countless parents are now at a loss of where to leave their sick children This is the reality of Japanese working families Komazaki s vision is to create a society where all parents can successfully work and raise children by providing them trustful nursing and caring He is unmarried having neither wife nor child He had nothing to do with the issue until he heard a story from his mother who was a babysitter at the time Her client a gentle young mother was fired from the job due to taking leave from work in order to take care of her sick son Komazaki was shocked at what he heard and decided to develop and spread a totally new type of sick children nursing by networking local pediatrician and experienced mothers After listening to the grievous cries of the working parents from all over Japan he is now working to spread his system at maximum speed Honoring his achievements he received Prime Minister Encouragement Award in June of 2006 as well as the Social Venture Business Award from the Microsoft http www florence or jp

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/hiroki_komazaki (2016-02-14)
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  • Kaori Kuroda: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    since April 2004 She was on a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership NPO Fellowship with Social Accountability International SAI in New York City from March to October 2006 In addition to her position at CSONJ she is an adjunct professor 非常勤講師 at the Hosei School of Policy Studies of Hosei University Graduate School and the SAI Japan Liaison Officer She has been dealing with issues of poverty and international development for the past 12 years by promoting government business civil society cooperation primarily in the Asia Pacific region She co founded a Japanese campaign Hottokenai Sekai no Mazushisa for a global campaign named the Global Call to Action against Poverty in 2004 and the CSO Network Japan has served as a secretariat for the campaign Prior to her current position Ms Kuroda worked as a freelance writer and researcher in Tokyo and London 2001 2003 and worked with the Asia Foundation Japan Office as Senior Program Officer 1994 1997 and Assistant Representative 1997 2001 Before moving to the nonprofit sector she worked at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd in Tokyo and the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia University School of Business in New York Ms Kuroda has written and published many articles on civil society corporate social responsibility Millennium Development Goals and multi stakeholder partnership She received a master s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1991 She is a Certified Public Accountant CPA by the authority of the Board of Trustees Illinois Board of Examiners http www csonj org Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/kaori_kuroda (2016-02-14)
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  • Justin Leach: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    Lucasfilm Animation as the Modeling and Rigging Supervisor for three and a half years He graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida with a B F A in Computer Animation During that time he got his start working with syndicated cartoonists Mike Peters and Tom Armstrong as well as working on two live action films Great Expectations 20th Century Fox and Palmetto Warner Bros After graduating he joined Blue Sky Studios and worked on such projects as the Academy Award winning short film Bunny several commercials and Blue Sky s first feature film Ice Age After living 4 years in New York Justin had the unique opportunity to move to Japan and work at Production I G as a CG creator on Mamoru Oshii s film Innocence Ghost in the Shell 2 After nearly 3 years living in Japan he returned to the United States http www blueskystudios com content index php Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/justin_leach (2016-02-14)
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  • Limbon: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    develop a highly effective housing supply system by establishing methods of analysis to figure out city s regional residential characteristics using the concept of a mosaic In collaboration with the city of Kyoto he developed the Community Balance Model CBM to depict vicissitudes of the city Since 1998 he has been conducting research on value transformation and regional revitalization of minority communities using Harlem New York and Japan s Buraku community as examples He received his doctorate from the University of Kyoto in engineering Limbon has won the Grand Prize at an international architectural competition entitled Future Vision of Kyoto for the 21st Century which was sponsored by Kyoto City in 1998 Limbon is the co author of several books including Public Housing History and Perspective on Residents Activism Horitsu Bunka sha Corporations Run by High Minded Local People and Community Takasuga Shuppan Three Generations of New Exchange Communities Jichitai Kenkyu sha and Kyoto Real Residential Area Tanko sha http www ritsumei ac jp eng Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/limbon (2016-02-14)
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  • Rick Lowe: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    neighborhood in Houston s Third Ward Originally encompassing 22 now renovated shotgun houses on 1 blocks the project now expands to 5 city blocks and combines aspects of neighborhood revitalization low income housing education historic preservation and community service The project is inspired by the work of African American artist Dr John Biggers whose paintings celebrated the shotgun house In addition to Project Row Houses Lowe has worked as a guest artist on a range of projects including the Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library the Borough Project for the Spoleto Festival 2003 in Charleston S C and the Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida His art has been exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum the Museum of Contemporary Arts Los Angeles the Neuberger Museum in Purchase N Y the Gwangji Biennale in Korea the Kumamoto State Museum in Japan and Houston s Contemporary Arts Museum and Museum of Fine Arts http www projectrowhouses org Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/rick_lowe (2016-02-14)
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  • Chawanad Luansang: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    community architects who are revolutionizing the approach to rural and urban community revitalization by empowering villagers and slum dwellers to lead facilitate and expand their community activism beyond the revitalization process Through successful roll outs in typically overlooked rural communities across Thailand and meticulous documentation through film web and print based media Chawanad and Openspace are currently fine tuning a scalable model that centers on a participatory collaborative community design process For example he and his team are currently running the participatory design planning of a community hospital on the small island of Phuket province where there are few public healthcare services for local people He also works for the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights ACHR as an architect and coordinator for community architecture in Asia A promising young leader in the field of community architecture and rural and urban housing planning he is an Ashoka Fellow 2008 in the field of civic engagement Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/chawanad_luansang (2016-02-14)
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  • Osamu Maebashi: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    During that time he worked as a day laborer at construction sites and for transportation companies The turning point in his life came when he learned construction skills on his own and started a business dealing with 30 different manufactures and subcontractors In 1997 he founded a contracting company Trusty Ltd in Ikebukuro In 1998 he changed the company name to M crew INC and became the President and CEO In 2003 he opened the first Rest Box in Shibuya which provides accommodation and helps find jobs for part time workers and people referred to as NEET Not in Education Employment or Training They rent vacant rooms in office buildings and install beds People who stay at a Rest Box can look for jobs at M crew There are 21 Rest Boxes now in Tokyo and annual sales for have reached 7 8 million dollars Maebashi and his business have received extensive media coverage as a social venture which generates steady profit while contributing to the betterment of the society He is the author of the book I am a streetwise president http www mcrew co jp Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/osamu_maebashi (2016-02-14)
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  • Douglas McGray: Participants: Innovators Network: Programs: Japan Society
    writes about social and political issues international affairs technology and culture His work appears in such publications as The New York Times Magazine The Atlantic Monthly Wired Mother Jones The Economist Travel Leisure Metropolis The Washington Post Magazine Fast Company Daedalus and Foreign Policy where he is a contributing writer His Foreign Policy essay Japan s Gross National Cool was the subject of a TIME Asia cover story and a profile in the Year in Ideas issue of the New York Times Magazine Previously a features editor at Foreign Policy Doug was an original architect of its transformation from a quarterly academic journal into an award winning bimonthly magazine He has also appeared as a commentator on NHK CNN and the Charlie Rose Show He was a Fellow of the Japan Society s United States Japan Foundation Media Fellows Program Doug studied history and international affairs at Brown University http www douglasmcgray com Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat About

    Original URL path: http://japansociety.org/content.cfm/douglas_mcgray (2016-02-14)
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