1. Creating Networks
(1) Solidarity Within the Catholic Church
This Commission is working with designated people in charge in the 16 Dioceses and within the different language groups. Our role is to share information with dioceses that have “Support Centers for Foreigners” and be a bridge between dioceses and matters concerning Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move.
(2) Solidarity Outside the Catholic Church
In solidarity around Japan with civilian groups that assist foreigners, human rights groups and ecumenical groups, we discuss and respond to each problem from a specialist’s perspective. We are particularly involved with RCJ (Refugee Council Japan),the Christian Liaison for Problems of Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move (Nankiren), the National Network for Solidarity with Migrant Workers (Ijuren), Discrimination Against Foreigners Watch Network, and the Human Rights Law for Foreigners Liaison. The NGO is also actively involved with negotiations with the ministries and public office over the beginning of policy proposals, sponsoring symposiums and charity concerts.
2. Dissemination and Sharing of Information
(1) Sponsorship of Workshops, Lectures, Study Groups
Workshops by Church District (Seminar) Every year seminars take place in the three main church districts: Tokyo (Sapporo, Niigate, Sendai, Saitama, Tokyo, Yokohama Dioceses), Osaka (Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takamatsu Dioceses), Nagasaki (Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Oita, Naha Dioceses) Each year the theme and form are different and we implement the decisions made at that time.
National Workshop: Once a year a national workshop takes place where we provide a place for individuals to talk freely about the social problems that concern “Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move. The National Workshop takes place each year in a different diocese, and a good number foreign people also attend it. In November 2006 the diocese of Nagasaki plans to sponsor one.
Providing Lectures and Study Groups: Provisions are made each year for study groups and lectures by professionals from different areas in order to able to deal professionally with the problems of the necessity of laws and medical treatment to support the foreigners.
(2) Publication of FAX NEWS (Newsletter):
From the end of 2003 we have made use of “FAX One Touch Service” to publish a newsletter. Each month Fax News is sent simultaneously to about 1000 places, both church and non-church groups. The Commission for Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move aims to share information with a great number of people.
(3) World Day for Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move
In response to the “World Day for Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move” established by the Vatican Pastoral Council for Migrants and People on the Move, we conduct a World Day for Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move campaign each year in August and September until the 4th Sunday designated as this day. An annual theme is decided, a message and posters are printed, and thus an opportunity is provided for all people to take some time to think about the Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move.
3. Publication of Survey and Statistics
(1) Making a Questionnaire
We are preparing a survey oriented to the young people who have come to Japan from other countries (their roots are elsewhere). The Church in Japan is with the following peoples: the Brazilians and Peruvians who are the first migrants from South America, migrants from the Philippines and Indonesia, “Koreans living in Japan” who were forcibly brought here during World War II, the Vietnamese who were the first Asian migrants, as well as the “Migrants and People on the Move” from many other countries. We aim to study the responses we receive concerning “What is being asked of the present day church”, and with the supporters of the dioceses work towards remedying the problems.
(2) Survey of the Number of Faith (principally the number of the faithful from other countries)
We researched and published the number of faithful in Japan who are from other countries. Look here for the details of the statistics.