Open to the world, strengthen links with the world Pt2(世界に開かれ、世界とつながる社会を目指して パート2)


Tonight show was the last one in 2011, an incredibly turbulent year. A lot of affairs occurred, but we can’t be happier if tonight show healed your weariness and we could spend a romantic Christmas Eve with you.
今週は、激動の2011年最後のMy Eyes Tokyoでした。本当にいろいろあった1年でしたが、今夜の放送が番組をお聴きの皆さんの疲れを癒すことができたなら、そしてロマンチックなクリスマスイブに私たちもお供させていただけたなら、これ以上の喜びはありません。

We had Tomoe Ono, a representative of ASIA Link, again this week.
ゲストは先週に引き続き、柔らかい語り口が印象的なASIA Link代表の小野朋江さんです。

The source of her activities, especially working as a “bridge” between foreign students and small businesses in Japan, is a her life in Finland. She moved there 10 years ago because her husband got an opportunity to research at a local university.
She didn’t understand the language at all, so she had difficulty with even daily shopping. “Foreigners are forced to live such a brutal life” she thought that for the first time in life.
6 months after she got to Finland, she entered the Finnish class. She found a nursery school for her son (That means it took 6 months for her to find it because of the language barrier) and gained a little freedom from child rearing.
Then a lot of information came into her. She said that she finally could become a “resident” there. “As soon as I learn the language, my life has totally improved!” Ono thought that and she qualified as a Japanese instructor after she came back home.
Before she went to Finland, she worked at a music publisher. She steered her life in a totally different direction after only one year life in the foreign country.

She had her 4th child last year and took off from her teaching job. Then she established a private organization called “Network for Multicultural Society, TAMA” which supports foreign mothers who live and raise children in Tama Area.

多文化共生ネットワークたま via kwout
Website of Network for Multicultural Society, TAMA

Foreign mothers are easy to be isolated from society and become information have-nots due to the linguistic handicap. Ono had the same experience in Finland. So their mission is to provide them both information in their daily lives and opportunity to play leading roles in their neighborhood.
Ono heard foreign mothers’ voices and studied community business in parallel. Then she established ASIA Link this October.
She emphasized that mothers are really appropriate to the entrepreneurs because they learn what people need through their real lives.

I asked her after the show.
“What is ASIA Link’s goal?”
She answered;
“To create a tolerant society which accepts diverse values and both Japanese and foreigners can be active together.”
I was really touched. Because that’s exactly the same as My Eyes Tokyo’s goal. So we would like to help create the society here in Japan at full power with ASIA Link!

「ASIA Linkが目指すものは、何ですか?」
感動しました。だって、My Eyes Tokyoが目指すものと全く同じなのですから。ですので来年は、小野さんならびにASIA Linkさんと共に、このような社会に日本が近づいていくお手伝いに、全力で取り組んで参りたいと思います!


Thank you very much for listening to our program in 2011. My Eyes Tokyo’s first session in 2012 will start at 7pm on Jan.7 (Sat) and Arlene and Maya will be back to studio on Jan.14, 2012. We’ll really appreciate it if you continue to listen to our show next year.
We believe that the year of 2012 will be a year of progress for My Eyes Tokyo. And our very best to you all.

来年はMy Eyes Tokyoにとって真の飛躍の年になると確信していますが(!)皆様にとっても素晴らしい年になることを、心よりお祈り申し上げます。

Happy holidays & A Happy New Year! See you again at 7PM on January 7 (Sat), 2012!!

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