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NPO CariNavi Press Tour
New movement among Japanese youth -Young Japanese seeking a new meaning in life and work-
The number of job-hopping part-timers, known as "freeters," has been a big problem for some time. In 2001 the number of freeters reached 4.17 million double that of 1991, according to a Cabinet Office survey. If this trend continues, in 2014 there will be 10 million freeters, accounting for one in three young people. And now we are facing another problem. This time, young people called NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) have been dramatically increasing. In 2003, there were 630,000 NEETs in Japan, an increase of about 1.6 times from 1993, and more than 2% of the total population of 15-34 years old.
Some very different young people, on the other hand, have seriously started to consider the meaning of life and work.
NPO "CariNavi" started activities in April 1999 to encourage and help young people, mainly university and high school students, to achieve the dream of becoming "One and Only". CariNavi gives them opportunities to meet and interview "Navigators", working adults who enjoy their lives and are proud of their jobs. The articles on their web site are often updated and many junior high schools and high schools all over Japan use them as teaching materials.
FPC has organized a press tour to CariNavi to understand its activities and find out what young Japanese are thinking and feeling now. In order to deeply understand them we will give you a great opportunity to talk to some of the CariNavi students. We will also cover a students' interview with one of the Navigators.
(1)CariNavi at NPO House, Roppongi
CariNavi gives young people opportunities to interview "Navigators", various working adults with different backgrounds. CariNavi has introduced about 300 such adults to date. They learn how working adults enjoy what they do and how they chose their occupations. Through this six-month program the students learn how to express their opinions and thoughts and communicate with others. CariNavi encourages them to become independent adults with dreams and pride in the society.
We will learn about CariNavi activities and have a briefing from the executive director, Yukari Shibuya. We will observe the students' interview with the president of Hakuichi Co., Kuniko Asano. Later we will have a great opportunity to talk to some of the students and exchange opinions.
Born in 1974, Shibuya joined IBM Japan after receiving her master's degree from Keio University in 1999, but she did not feel needed and thought that the job did not suit her. She left the company just five months after joining, and began her present job in June 2000.
(2)CariNavi Students' interview with a Navigator: Hakuichi Corporation, Minami Aoyama
The tour will take a look at the shop and observe an interview conducted by some students with the president Kuniko Asano. We will have a brief introduction by Ms. Asano, one of the Navigators for CariNavi. We will also have a chance to learn her thoughts on Japanese youth.
Hakuichi Corporation, based in Kanazawa which is known as the largest gold leaf production center in Japan, has been producing gold leaf and the design crafts such as face oil blotting paper. In August 2003 their first retail shop outside of Kanazawa opened in Tokyo's trendy Minami Aoyama.
(3)Visit CariNavi graduate: Xavel Inc., Nishi-Azabu
Visit one of the CariNavi graduates, Hiroyo Kougo. Understand what she learned while she was in CariNavi and why she chose this occupation. We will meet the executive director of the company.
While the mobile shopping market has been quickly spreading, Xavel Inc. narrowed down their target to young women and run a mobile shopping site, "girlswalker.com". In May 22, 2004, Xavel Inc. opened four stores, including a new concept cosmetics shop in Daikanyama, another fashionable district in Tokyo.
Tour itinerary and application details
1.Tour itinerary and application details:
Thursday, June 17 (transportation: chartered bus)
12:30 Leave Nippon Press Center Building by chartered bus
12:45 Arrive at CariNavi in Roppongi
13:00-13:30 Briefing by Ms. Yukari Shibuya, CariNavi Executive Director
13:30-14:00 The three students who will interview Ms. Kuniko Asano introduce themselves
14:30-15:00 Briefing by Ms. Asano
15:00- 15:15 Observe students' interview with Ms. Asano
15:45- 16:45 Xavel, Internet contents company
17:15-18:00 Discussion with students
18:00- Observe students' review of Ms. Asano's interview
2. Qualification: Bearer of Gaimusho Press ID card
3. Expenses: \1,000 per person including transportation
4. Participants: Limited to the first 15 applicants on a first-come first-served basis.
(Only one reporter and one photographer from each company, but two participants in each TV team will be acceptable.)
5. FPC Contact: Ms. Suzuki, Mr. Yanagisawa and Ms. Hatayama
(1) There are some restrictions on photographing and filming at the tour sites. Please follow the instructions of the officials on duty.
(2) FPC will not be liable for any inconvenience, trouble or accident that might occur in the course of the tour.