Kanagawa Updates (Sep. '21)



Kanagawa Forum on Regional Japanese Language Education  


poster   Aiming to establish a multicultural coexistence society, Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) is making efforts to create an environment where foreign people including long-term residents can acquire Japanese language skill necessary for daily life, live without worry and play an active role as a member of the regional society.  As part of the efforts, K.P.G. is working to establish a comprehensive system of Japanese language education in the region.  To make an opportunity to think together about future Japanese education in Kanagawa, K.P.G. will hold an online forum from 2:00 to 3:40 p.m., September 12, 2021 on Zoom.  This forum is free of charge. 


   At the forum, Associate Professor Mika Hasebe, who specializes in sociology, multicultural coexistence studies and gender studies, and teaches volunteer studies at Center for Liberal Arts of Meiji Gakuin University, will give a keynote speech on involving various people in Japanese language education in the region.  K.P.G.’s cases of activities for establishing comprehensive system of Japanese education will also be introduced.  Ms. Rie Yazaki, Chief Coordinator of Learning Program of Support 21, a social welfare foundation providing independence support to foreign residents including refugees, will make a presentation on their activities.  In the following panel discussion, panelists will talk about organizing Japanese classes open to people of a wide range of generations from youth to elderlies and personnel of various areas.


   Why don’t you think about Japanese language education in the region together?  If you are interested, apply through the forms below by September 8. 


   For details, please see the following links. 
https://www.kifjp.org/nihongo/forum (Japanese)


   We look forward to seeing you online.  



A Step forward to New Transportation Service Using Automated Vehicles


   Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) is promoting measures of “Sagami Robot Industry Special Zone” aiming for safe and secure community of the prefectural citizens through practical application and wider use of life support robots.  Designating programs expected to give a great impact on citizens’ life as priority projects, K.P.G. offers assistance in arranging test fields, inviting testers, etc.  From September 21 to October 30, a demonstration test of “On-demand car allocation service using automated vehicles”, which is in the category of a priority project “Service using robots with automatic driving system”, will be conducted in the Minatomirai 21 and Kannai areas.


automated vehicle   This “On-demand car allocation service” newly combines “Easy Ride”, a transportation service using automated vehicles, which has been supported by K.P.G. in the Special Zone, with “AI-operated Bus Service”, an on-demand transportation system using AI, or artificial intelligence.


   Easy Ride is a new transportation service jointly developed by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and DeNA Co., Ltd. using Nissan’s automated vehicles, which allows freedom of movement for anyone from anywhere to any destination.


   AI-operated Bus Service is an on-demand car allocation service controlled by high-level AI provided by NTT DOCOMO INC. using SAVS (Smart Access Vehicle Service) developed by Mirai Share Co, Ltd.  People can call a car easily to anywhere they wish to ride through this service.


   This field test is jointly conducted utilizing the-state-of-the-art technologies of Nissan and NTT DOCOMO to find a solution for mobility problems faced by the regional community, such as a shortage of drivers for public transportation resulting from graying population with fewer children.  About 200 testers are invited from the public for firsthand experience of the latest technologies and services.


   The test is also part of “IoT Open Innovation Partners (I-TOP Yokohama)” of the City of Yokohama.

   Thorough prevention measures against COVID-19 infection will be taken in carrying out the test.


   For details, please visit

http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/docs/sr4/prs/r1959965.html (K.P.G., in Japanese)
https://global.nissannews.com/ja-JP/releases/210719-01-j (Nissan, in Japanese)