This month's Close UP features the Consultation Support Center for Foreign Residents located in Shinjuku Tabunka Kyosei Plaza, Shinjuku City. The Support Center is organized by the Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice as one of the “one-stop” type of consultation service offices for foreign residents in Japan. In collaboration with foreign resident services at local communities, the Support Center provides information about administrative procedures such as visas and also gives support and advice on various issues related to the everyday living of foreign residents in Japan. For this interview, we spoke to Yumi Yamamoto, coordinator and Bengali/English consultant of the Support Center, along with Tamao Kurosawa and Hiroyoshi Kato, president and vice president of the Citizen's Network for Global Activities (CINGA), a non-profit organization and commissioned management body of the Support Center since April 2012.
Ms. Yamamoto (front), Mr. Kurosawa (rear left), and Mr. Kato (rear right)