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October 27, 2020
Office for Promotion of Citizen Safety

Conducted in multiple languages and simple Japanese.
Safety Awareness Project to Start for Foreign Children Residing in Tokyo!

Tokyo has become more and more diversified; as of January 2020 there were approximately 580,000 foreign nationals residing in Tokyo. As a natural consequence, the number of children of foreign residents or with foreign origins has been increasing too.
Under the circumstances, the Office for Promotion of Citizen Safety will start a safety awareness project for children of foreign nationals residing in Tokyo. The project aims to improve the awareness of safety for children so that they will not become involved in crimes or get into other forms of trouble. The project includes the preparation of a guidebook containing basic knowledge of safety for children in multiple languages and simple Japanese, and the provision of seminars by specialists to increase awareness of safety.
*Simple Japanese: Easy-to-understand Japanese for foreign nationals, rephrasing difficult words with simple expressions

1 Preparation and distribution of the guidebook

We will prepare and distribute a guidebook containing basic knowledge concerning the prevention of crimes and delinquency, such as how to protect yourself in towns, and prohibitions against shoplifting.

  1. Outline of book
    32 pages of A5 paper size
  2. Languages
    7 languages (simple Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified, traditional), Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese)
  3. Distribution
    from November 2020
  4. Distributed to
    International schools, NPOs that provide learning support for foreign nationals residing in Tokyo, municipalities, etc.

The hero of the story and a wizard learn about safety together in the book.

2 Safety awareness seminars: Safety seminars for teenagers

We will dispatch specialists to international schools, etc. to provide junior and senior high school students with safety awareness seminars so that they can learn crime prevention and awareness of the norms of society. The seminars will feature group tasks to encourage the children to think and discuss amongst themselves, in addition to lectures.

  1. Outline of seminar
    60 min Online seminars are possible upon request.
  2. Languages
    Japanese or English (choose at application)
  3. Period
    November 1, 2020 to the end of March 2021 (open on Sat. Sun. holidays as well)
  4. Number of seminars
    20 seminars (planned)

3 Provision of information for foreign nationals residing in Tokyo using a website and SNS

As the nationalities of foreigners residing in Tokyo have become diversified, the Office for Promotion of Citizen Safety introduces various projects in simple Japanese, in addition to English, on its website. Also, using the MIMAMORYINU Facebook(External link), we will provide some useful information on safety in simple Japanese.

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Name of account
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Mascot character to promote safety and security

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The website of the Office for Promotion of Citizen Safety (English & simple Japanese)

URL:https://www.tomin-anzen.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/english/

●This press release is also available in other languages. (日本語English中文한국어)

Inquiries (Japanese only)
Citizen Safety Section, Safety Promotion Division, Office for Promotion of Citizen Safety
Phone: 03-5388-2744

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