Inquiries: Regional Exchange Division, the Shinjuku Foundation for Creation of Future
Quite a few foreigners live in Shinjuku City, and many of them encounter difficulties in daily life because they do not understand the Japanese language well enough. For example, the language barrier often makes it hard to complete administrative procedures in Shinjuku City. People who speak both Japanese and foreign languages are needed to help out in such instances.
The foundation is therefore asking people who know a foreign language and can translate or interpret in it to register as language volunteers and assist when the need arises. If you become a language volunteer, you will be asked in advance whether you can handle the case. You may then be requested to interpret or translate documents at the foundation, the City Office, or at events at other institutions, such as schools and town councils. There are a variety of other situations where language volunteers are called for.
Please note that native Japanese speakers who wish to volunteer as English translators or interpreters need to have achieved Grade Pre-1 or higher of the Eiken English test and/or TOEIC scores over 800. Please inquire at the City Office for details.
Shinjuku Voluntary Action Center
Address: Shinjuku Social Welfare Conference, 1-17-20 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
Consultation and information are provided for those who would like to do volunteer work in the community and those who are looking for volunteers.
Tokyo Voluntary Action Center
Address: Central Plaza 10F, 1-1 Kaguragashi, Shinjuku-ku
The following support is provided to volunteer groups, NPOs and metropolitan volunteer/citizen activity promotion institutions:
- Providing information related to activities
- Advice on volunteer and resident activities
- Providing teaching materials
- Providing reference materials
- Rental of meeting space and equipment
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (until 5 p.m. on Sundays)
Closed: Monday, national holidays, and during the year-end/New Year holidays
April 1, 2018