Association for Nakano International Communications (ANIC)
Aiming to create an environment in the community in which people from various countries around the world can live together in harmony, this organization works together with volunteers to promote international exchange activities on a grass-roots level.
Address: 2-9-7 Nakano, Nakano City (inside Nakano Zero West Annex)
Friendship Exchange with Xicheng District
In September 1986, Nakano City became the first of Tokyo’s 23 cities to establish a sister-city relationship with Xicheng District in Beijing, China. Xicheng District is located in the central downtown core of Beijing with a population of about 760,000. The relationship between the two cities is intended to promote the maintenance and development of peace at the local government level and is based on the spirit embodied in the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China.
Children’s Friendship Exchange with Wellington City, New Zealand
Since 1985, the children of Nakano City and Wellington City, New Zealand (primarily junior high school students) have visited one another’s cities and participated in homestay programs, school visits, educational travel and local exchange activities under the Nakano-Wellington Educational Exchange Program. This program is now managed by the Association for Nakano International Communications (ANIC).
Japanese Language Classes
The Japanese-Language classes of ANIC are operated by Japanese-language volunteers. Anyone can study Japanese once a week. You can join at any time of the year.
Japanese-language school students are not eligible for these classes.
Tuesday Morning Class – 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Tuesday Afternoon Class – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Class – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday Children’s Class – 4:15 to 5:50 p.m.
(There are special courses for children during spring and summer vacations. Please ask for details.)
Location: ANIC Conference Room 1, Nakano Zero West Annex 3F
Registration Fee – Those who live, study, or work in Nakano City: ¥2,000
Tuition – Free of charge
Textbook Fee – ¥500 to ¥1,400
Activity Fee (once every other month): ¥200
To Apply: Please visit the Association during class hours.
Volunteer consultants listen to any questions or problems and offer information.
Consultation Days: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Inside the ANIC office, Nakano Zero West Annex 1F
Professional Consultation for Foreign Residents
This program, in which specialists offer advice in various languages in succession, is implemented by 41 groups that carry out support activities for foreign residents, such as international exchange associations, city administration, specialist groups and NPOs in Tokyo. ANIC sponsors this event every year sometime around November. For more information, please visit the following Web site: http://www.tokyo-icc.jp/index.html
Various Exchange Programs
Various fun programs are conducted such as cooking classes, outdoor activities, sports events, New Year’s gathering and international exchange gatherings. For more information, please contact ANIC.
Planning and Management Volunteers
Two ANIC groups plan and manage such programs as cooking classes, leisurely strolls in suburban districts and friendly exchange salons, all working toward creating better relations in the community. Anyone can join in. Please feel free to participate in the regular meetings.
|APG (ANIC Planning Group)||Third Thursday of the month||10:00 a.m. to 12 noon|
|Friday Volunteers||Generally, the second Friday of the month||7:30 to 9:00 p.m.|
When needed, these volunteers work for the children’s friendship exchange program between Wellington and Nakano City and for the Professional Consultation for Foreign Residents program. ANIC conducts registration on an ongoing basis.
Why not make the best use of your language abilities and promote mutual understanding?
Community Support for Foreign Residents
ANIC dispatches registered interpreters/translators as well as foreign students who are studying at ANIC to classes and symposiums to promote the understanding of foreign cultures upon request by elementary and junior high schools in Nakano City. In addition, when a foreign student is admitted to an elementary or junior high school and a request is received from the Nakano City Board of Education, a foreign resident who shares the same language as the student is dispatched. The dispatch of other interpreters and translators is conducted as necessary.
Community Japanese-Language Class by Volunteers
Egota Japanese-Language Class (You can bring your children with you.)
Hours: Thursdays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Egota Community Center
Textbook and drill book fee: ¥1,400
Activity fee: ¥200 (once every two months)
Tel: 3951-6152 (Mrs. Setsuko Ito)