ABOUT US


Japan Intercultural Intelligence (JII) is an organization with the vision to realize “cultural synergy” through fostering diversity.
What is “Cultural Synergy”?
“Cultural synergy” means: when people have an appreciation for other cultures while maintaining appreciation for their own culture; when people of different backgrounds in the same community live comfortably with one another as “good neighbors”; and when new social culture and values are created in society as a result of different cultures meeting one another.

We Won’t Leave Them Unnoticed

We are seeing an increasing number of foreign nationals living in Japan every year.
However, foreign residents that come to live in this country encounter various challenges: while getting adjusted to the Japanese language, customs, social and legal systems, and lifestyle, they are also faced with the issues of lacking the information they need to adapt to their life here and feeling isolated. It is not uncommon for foreign residents to feel worried or concerned about their life in Japan.
Yet, it is not easy for them to access municipal or social services, or useful daily living information. Even if they have questions or troubles, reliable services available to foreign residents are limited, which also makes it difficult for them to interact with residents of the local community.
JII offers various services to support foreign residents adapt to the Japanese society smoothly and to facilitate mutual cultural understanding between foreign and local residents.

The Importance of Understanding Other Cultures

Whether we are aware of it or not, we already encounter different cultures in many aspects of our daily lives.
Japan has a wonderful culture and so do many countries around the world. When cultures meet, it creates the potential to generate new values that a single culture cannot create by itself.
We do not always consciously think about our own culture. But, when we come across opportunities to know other cultures, we get a fresh view on our own culture and at the same time, recognize the importance of understanding other people’s cultural backgrounds.
What we need in today’s world is to be more sensitive towards other cultures.
JII aims to generate new creative values by combining the abilities, sensibilities, and ideas that are unique to people of various cultures.

What We Want to Accomplish

Foreign residents are new members of the Japanese society.
We sincerely hope that foreign residents will join to add richness, energy, and creativity to the Japanese society by smoothly adapting to the local community, not just to foreign communities.
JII will make every effort to take necessary actions, no matter how small each action may be, in order to accomplish our goal.

Our Principles

We aim to realize our goal based on the following three principles:

Our Services

Organization Profile

Organization Name
NPO Japan Intercultural Intelligence (JII)
Chief Director
Norihiko Ishikawa
Establishment
October 19th, 2010
Address
5-27-5, Shimo Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-0064
Tel/Fax
03-6452-3760
Website
http://www.j-ii.org
E-mail
info@j-ii.org
Scope of Our Activities
・Provide information, consultation services and
 other support services for foreign residents
・Organize events to promote cultural synergy
・Provide career support and self-improvement
 services for foreign residents (students)
・Provide recruitment, evaluation, training,
 and consultation services of foreign
 employees to corporations
・Publishing, distribution,
 and translation of publications
Articles of Incorporation

代表メッセージ

Today, we are seeing more opportunities to live and work with people of different cultural backgrounds. Many foreign nationals are deciding to settle down in Japan, which has enriched this country not just economically, but also socially and culturally.

But, no matter how familiar foreign residents become with Japan, they might not yet know things that are common knowledge to the locals. Lacking that bit of information may cause misunderstandings and good intentions may take a wrong turn. As a result, what should be an enjoyable cultural exchange could lead to unexpected problems, which would inhibit both foreign and local residents from having mutually enriching experiences.

Of course, this is a phenomenon that can be observed not only in Japan, but in other countries as well. It seems to be a trend in many countries across the globe where a slight misunderstanding can lead to prejudice and discrimination. It is unfortunate and heartbreaking to see people hurt each other when they could potentially be good neighbors. The Japan Intercultural Intelligence (JII) was established by Ms. Miao Yang with an aspiration to overcome each other’s differences by effectively communicating with one another in the local community or in the workplace. New members are joining the organization every year and the “Otonari-san Family Friend Program”, a new service which was launched last year, continues to be enhanced.

The condition for becoming a member of JII is simple: if you want to join as a volunteer, you must have lived in Japan; and if you want to join as a member, you must want to enjoy living with the Japanese people.

Come join us! Through enjoying building relationships on a local level, we can contribute to enhancing Japan’s reputation globally and to making the world a better place to live. Let’s work together to make this dreams come true.

Chief Director
Norihiko Ishikawa

Introduction of Directors

石川憲彦(Ishikawa Norihiko)- 理事長

児童精神神経科医
東大病院小児科、同精神神経科、マルタ大学客員研究員、静岡大学教授、林試の森クリニック院長などを経て2018年より同医師。
その間、日本児童青年精神医学会等の理事、育児雑誌「ち・お」編集委員、NHKラジオ「子どもと教育電話相談」アドバイザーなども兼任。

中村 安秀(Nakamura Yasuhide)- 理事

甲南女子大学教授・大阪大学名誉教授。
インドネシアやパキスタンなど国際保健の現場で活躍し、母子健康手帳を世界に広めた。現在は国際小児科学会理事、日本WHO協会理事長を務める。
どこの国にいっても子どもがいちばん好き。

田畑 智砂(Tabata Chisa) – 理事

弁護士。
東京弁護士会所属。マザーバード法律事務所代表。
弁護士法人パートナーズ法律事務所(東京)、Siam City Law Offices(バンコク)勤務を経て、同事務所を設立。
東京都児童相談所非常勤弁護士、豊島子ども家庭支援センター非常勤弁護士、練馬子ども家庭支援センター非常勤弁護士。三児の母。

楊 淼(Yang Miao)- 理事・事務局長

ファウンダー・文化交流コーディネーター
心理学専攻。日中間政治、経済、文化に関わる国際専門会議にて事務局兼通訳。2010年にNPOアジア人文文化交流促進協会を設立。大手企業向け人材育成、人事・組織コンサルティング会社、海外現地法人実務責任者を経て、日本に暮らす外国人住民のサポートに専念する。二児の母。

取材・メディア掲載

JIIは多様性を活かした「文化共生」を実現するための団体です。
私たちは、日本に住む外国人を様々な角度からサポートすることによって、暮らしやすい社会づくりを実現するだけではなく、共に生きる知恵、単一文化では気づかなかった新しい価値の創造を目指しています。
JIIの理念や活動を多くの方に届け、外国人同士のコミュニティに留まらず、この課題に関心の高い日本の方の参画も促し、文化間の相互理解を深める場づくりを行っています。

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