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Activation of Gunma Prefecture from a viewpoint of multicultural coexistence
-Learning from practices in Los Angeles in the U.S. with CAPRA-
Dr. Luann Pannell (Director of Police Training and Education of the main police department of the Los Angeles Police Department)
It has been 20 years since the riot in Los Angeles. After the riot, the Los Angeles Police Department revolutionized the training and education system for policemen, succeeding in reduction of incidence of crime. The key component of the reduction was introduction of a decision-making model "CAPRA*". The features of the CAPRA are thorough concerns for diversification and activation of communities through analysis and cooperation resolution of problems in communities. We invited the person in charge of plans and operations of the training program, Dr. Luann Pannell, and held international symposium on January 21, 2011 and intensive lectures for the students in the Program from January 22 to 23, 2011.
In the symposium, it was confirmed that CAPRA could be applied to a various fields including education, health, medical services, disaster prevention, social welfare, public administration and management for multicultural coexistence as well as safe and secure town development, and the concrete development methods of CAPRA were discussed with those involved in the community. In these intensive lectures, the students learned methods of CAPRA in a step-by-step manner through a various workshops. The intensive lecture was over 10-hours long. The students, though forgot about the time while concretely learning how to see and consider the diversification of people, how to deepen understanding of people and communities, how to establish cooperative relationships based on trust, and how to identify problems as well as resolution methods. This project has been developing decision-making models, in cooperation with Dr. Pannell, which Multicultural Community Advancement Officers utilize.

*CAPRA: A system for safe and secure town development in cooperation with communities from a viewpoint of Client, Acquiring & Analyzing Information, Partnership, Response and Assessment.
Consideration of the nature of multicultural coexistence through the experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Mr. Taro Tamura (Representative director, Multicultural Center Osaka)
We invited Mr. Taro Tamura (Representative director, Multicultural Center Osaka), who is active in various fields including the reconstruction support for the Great East Japan Earthquake, to have joint lectures where the students in the Analyst and Planner Courses studied together. Mr. Tamura talked about the chaotic pictures right after the Earthquake, processes to organize the support systems and diversified considerations required for the processes. During the time for the question from the students, "What should we consider for the continuous support for devastated areas?", he answered, "It is necessary to organize support in which the local people recover from the Earthquake by themselves. We need to foresee what disaster victims need." From plausible lectures with realistic sensation, the students obtained suggestions to resolve the problems of multicultural communities in cooperation with those communities.

Project that where part-time students are involved in planning and operating

  • Japanese education project for ¨foreigners as residents in Japan¨ sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • Project for Establishing an International Exchange Program sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

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