Yokohama City promotes development of communities where it is easy to live and be active for both Japanese and foreign residents.
“International Lounges” serve as regional centers to support these objectives and there are eleven lounges in Yokohama.
The lounges support foreign residents in their daily life and their efforts to learn Japanese language.
Furthermore, their facilities provide opportunities for both Japanese and foreign residents to communicate and exchange information with each other through many events.
The lounges are operated by civil activity groups, NPOs, or foundations, with support of citizen volunteers.
Kanazawa International Lounge supports foreign residents with comission from the Kanazawa Ward Office.
１） The purpose of our activities
① To promote good relationship between foreign residents and Japanese living in the community through cross-communication activities.
② To contribute to lounge activities with a volunteer spirit in order to support foreign residents.
２） About our scope of work
Our scope of work is listed below.
① Counter services of consultation for Foreign Residents
・ To provide useful information and consulting support for foreign residents
・ To dispatch interpreters of English, Chinese, Spanish or other languages, and interpretation as needed.
・ To translate into English, Chinese, Spanish or other languages from Japanese as needed.
② Japanese classes for foreign adult residents
③ Collaboration with Yokohama City University
④ Collaboration and coordination with related organizations, educational institutions and support groups for foreign residents.
⑤ Collaboration with other lounges and Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges (Yoke)
⑥ Holding events related to international exchange and multiculural coexistance
⑦ Securing and training of Volunteer Staff
⑧ Support for learning Japanese for children connected to foreign countries
⑨ Other matters necessary for the implementation of the above projects