TUFS Students Create ‘Handbook for Foreign Nationals in Japan’

January 22, 2020

On Friday the 10th of January (2020), a presentation on the results of the “Handbook for Foreign Nationals in Japan”, a project completed as part of an internship by students of the School of Language and Culture Studies’ Community Interpreting Research Seminar, was held in room 204 of the TUFS Research and Lecture Building.

The “Handbook for Foreign Nationals in Japan” is an ongoing collaborative project between Fuchu City, the Fuchu International Salon and TUFS. Handbooks until now have covered topics such as disaster prevention, child-rearing, garbage disposal, high school entrance and public facilities.
This year, students revisited the topic of disaster prevention for foreign nationals in Fuchu City, and created “The Foreign Nationals Guide to Disaster Prevention”.
This was the second time the topic of disaster prevention was chosen by this project, but since natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons have caused some serious damage in recent years, the students decided that a more in-depth guide was needed.

Following the presentation, students and volunteers from the Fuchu International Salon shared a lively exchange of opinions. In the near future, this year’s handbook will be distributed around Fuchu City as a booklet, which will also be made available online.

<Thoughts on the Project>

  • ORITA Yusuke (School of Language and Culture Studies, English language studies, third year)

While making this year’s “Handbook for Foreign Nationals in Japan”, it was very hard to decide what information would make the final cut. After having many discussions amongst ourselves, and with the help of many people from the Fuchu City Hall and the Fuchu International Salon, we were able to complete our handbook. I hope that people will actually use this book if a disaster occurs.
For this project, I took on the role of student representative alongside my fellow classmate, KANEYAMA Hinako (English language studies, fourth year). Together we were able to experience a lot of learning opportunities while we created the handbook, including learning more about disaster prevention than we had ever imagined.
I am very grateful to everyone who was involved in this project. Thank you very much.

  • SAITO Reina (School of Language and Culture Studies, German language studies, fourth year)

After participating in this project and presentation, I realized the importance of making the handbook together with the citizens of Fuchu.
By talking to the foreign nationals of Fuchu City, we could hear their honest opinions regarding what troubles them and what they don’t understand, and so I think we were able to make a handbook that they would actually use.
Thank you for this valuable opportunity.