November 2009 - 11 月 Ambassador's Message
Ａs Autumn comes round again the November edition of the Embassy newsletter brings you the latest information on the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce, Japan GAA and a variety of upcoming Ireland-related events on the calendar. I am particularly pleased to announce the signing of a bilateral Social Security Agreement between Ireland and Japan and the newsletter contains some further information on this latest important development in Ireland-Japan relations.
I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the range of consular services
that the Embassy can provide, in particular those in relation to arrest or detention. It is important to bear in mind that the laws of Japan and its legal procedures can differ in some respects from those in Ireland and what may seem like a misdemeanor may result in lengthy periods of detention or indeed prosecution. The Embassy advises Irish citizens to abide at all times by the laws of Japan. However, should you find yourself in a situation involving the authorities, I recommend that you contact the Embassy as soon as possible so that we can offer assistance (please see the "Emergency assistance" section of the Embassy website for full details). Brendan Scannell Ireland-Japan Social Security Agreement
A bilateral Social Security Agreement between Ireland and Japan was signed in Dublin on 29 October by the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin T.D., and the Ambassador of Japan to Ireland. The Agreement, which is expected to come into force next year following approval by the Irish and Japanese Parliaments, will protect the pension rights
of migrant workers who move between Ireland and Japan. It will achieve this
by allowing social insurance contributions paid in one country to be counted towards certain benefits in the other country. It will also further enhance Ireland's attractiveness as a location for Japanese investment and will also facilitate Irish companies that wish to develop operations in Japan. The Embassy will make detailed information available regarding the operation of the Agreement, which will not have retroactive effect, once it enters into force. In the meantime, if you have any questions please let us know.
News from the Ireland-Japan Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber has a busy two months ahead with a number of events to
interest everyone: Speaker Evening, 25 November The next speaker evening will be on 25 November at the Embassy in Kojimachi. Ms Mari Christine, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Goodwill Ambassador, will speak about the role and work of UN-HABITAT and how business can contribute to environmental change. Further details will be available at the IJCC website soon.
Seasonal Dinner, 3 December To celebrate the holiday season, the IJCC will host a seasonal buffet dinner for members, guests and IJCC friends on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills. Guests will enjoy a seasonal menu, including drinks, and a meishi raffle. Tickets cost ￥ 12,000 This is an open event to non-members so please contact the IJCC Secretariat. by 26 November. News from Japan GAA
Congratulations to the Ladies' and Men's teams from Japan GAA who traveled to Bangkok for the Asian Gaelic Games last month. Over 800 Irish people from across Asia gathered in Thailand for this event which coincided with the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum at which the IJCC was represented. The success of these events is evidence of the strength of Irish communities abroad, including our own here in Japan. The role and contribution of Irish communities abroad was a central theme of the Global Irish Economic Forum
organised by the Government at Farmleigh in Dublin from 18-20 September. If
you would like to read about the outcomes of this Forum, please check the Department of Foreign Affairs website (www.dfa.ie). The Japan GAA will host a "Bootie Ball" on 14 November 2009 at the Westin Hotel Tokyo to raise much needed funds for the Future Hope charity, Calcutta. Tickets cost ￥12,500 per person if purchased before 7 November and can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see the following weblink: http://web.mac.com/helenfridell/iWeb/BootieBall2009/Home.html Upcoming Events Parco Theatre, Shibuya, presents "The Seafarer" from Monday 16 November to Tuesday 8 December (Preview: 14-15 November) A black comedy set in Dublin on Christmas Eve, written by Conor McPherson,
one of the leading figures in the Irish theatrical world.
* More shows in Osaka, Niigata and Nagoya: please see PARCO's website for details. Details and enquiries: PARCO Theatre www.parco-play.com TEL 03-3477-5858 An Irish Harp performance by Gráinne Hambly and Mr. & Mrs. Moriyasu
(aka. Paddy and Bridget) will take place on Monday 16 November, 19:00-
20:30 at the Asahi Culture Centre, Shinjuku TEL 03-3344-1947 http://www.asahiculture.com Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill will play at the "The Lutheran Hall", Sapporo on Thursday 19 November from 18:30. For all Irish Music Lovers living or visiting Hokkaido in November: Support will be provided by local fiddle & guitar duo, RINKA. http://misaok.hp.infoseek.co.jp/martin&dennis/index.html Ragús will tour a number of venues in Japan from 20 November - 19 December including Tokyo, Yamaguchi, Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka, Kyoto, Wakayama, Saitama, Aichi, Nagano and Kanagawa. http://eplus.jp/sys/web/theatrix/special/20090619_ragus/index.html Japan-Ireland Society: Annual Conference of Irish Studies will take place on 28 - 29 November on the theme of, "Imagination at Work: the Literature and Cultural Heritage of Ireland". The venue this year is Tezukayama University (Nara Pref.) For details, please visit the Society's website: http://japan-ireland.karugo.com/jis_conf2009.htm Japan International Volunteer Centre Benefit 2009 Concerts will take place 5 and 12 and will feature two soloists from Ireland: Niamh Griffin (Soprano) and Robin Tritschler (Tenor). Osaka Concert: Saturday 5 December, from 16:00, at Izumi Hall Tokyo Concert: Saturday 12 December, from 15:00, at Hitomi Memorial Hall, Showa Women’s University For information & reservation: JVC Concert Office TEL 03-3836-4108 www.ngo-jvc.net To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Celtic Society of Japan a Celtic Festival will take place from 6 - 13 December across Fukuoka. For details and enquiries: http://www.celtic.or.jp/ Celtic Christmas will take place on 12 December from 17:00 at Sumida Triphony Hall. This year's Celtic Christmas, which will be the 10th Anniversary, will feature Altan,Anúna and harp and fiddle duo, Catriona & Chris For details & tickets, please contact: Plankton Co., Ltd. TEL 03-3498-2881 (Weekdays 11am – 7pm) www.plankton.co.jp A Study on Irish Fairies will take place on 12 December from 15:30-17:30 at the Asahi Culture Centre, Shinjuku. The lecture will be hosted by Kimie Imura, Honorary Director of the Utsunomiya Fairy Museum. TEL 03-3344-1947 http://www.asahiculture.com Embassy Details Questions & Feedback
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