SenTIA plans various activities to build a community where everyone can live comfortably regardless of their differences in language, nationality, and culture.
The Sendai Multicultural Center is located on the first floor of the Conference Bldg. in the Sendai International Center. The Koryu Corner aims to be a place that supports foreign residents living in Sendai or those traveling to the area for work or sightseeing by supplying useful information and aiding in interpretation when necessary. We also aim to help with citizen-based international exchange and international understanding activities by providing a place for groups to meet and by advertising their events. Please feel free to visit and use the services at the Koryu Corner!
Japanese Language Courses
We support various groups whose purpose is to help foreign residents study Japanese. We support efforts to hold Japanese classes in civic centers and actively aid other organizations who are involved in helping foreign residents study Japanese.
Japanese Language Volunteers (Volunteers Who Support Foreign Resident's Japanese Language Study)
For foreign residents who would like to study with a tutor individually, we have a system that will introduce you to a volunteer who will help you study Japanese.
Support for Daily Life
Community Interpretation Supporter Dispatch System
Community interpretation supporters are dispatched upon application, to support foreign citizens who have difficulty understanding Japanese to locations such as government offices, nurseries, kindergartens, and elementary and junior high schools.
Guidance for Foreign Residents to Live in Sendai Safely and Comfortably
We hold seminars that provide information and help foreign residents in Sendai better understand Japanese rules and manners so they can live safely and comfortably in our city. We offer these seminars at the Japanese Language school or University that requests it from us.
Publishing Multilingual Information about Daily Life
We work with area governments and citizen groups to translate information that is useful in daily life into different languages. Some items we translate are related to health, raising children, traffic safety, disaster risk reduction and other information that is necessary for foreign residents to live comfortably in Sendai.
We work with the local FM Radio 4 Station to provide multilingual information to foreign citizens. During regular times, we broadcast information about daily events and seasonal topics, and during times of disaster we use the radio station to broadcast multilingual emergency information.
Support for Children Who Have Roots in Foreign Countries
There are many issues that international children must overcome when living in Japan such as differences in language, culture, and custom. To support these children, we offer events for them and their parents such as School Guidance and Summer Language Lessons to help foster a network of support and supporters.
Information For Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
We are involved in disaster prevention drills to help foreign residents prepare for and learn about the risks that they may face living in Sendai.
Bazaar of Recycled Bicycles for International Students
SenTIA, with the aim to recycle our resources while also supporting international students, participates in the Sendai International Student Recycled Bicycle Promotion Council. This group works together to fix up and then donate bicycles to local international students.
Information for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
Sendai Disaster Multilingual Support Center
In the event of a large-scale disaster, SenTIA works the Sendai City Government to operate the Disaster Multilingual Support Center. The Center’s goal is to support foreign residents and foreign travelers who are in Sendai during a disaster.
Disaster Multilingual Support Volunteers
To prepare for disasters, we advertise for citizens to register to be Disaster Multilingual Support Volunteers. These volunteers participate in disaster prevention drills and help provide information in many languages in the event of a disaster.
Supporting Our Local Community
Subsidy for Citizens’ International Exchange Projects
To better understand how we can promote international exchange, multiculturalism, and international cooperation, we actively support activities and events that are run by local citizen groups.
Sendai World Festa “Sendai Chikyu Festa”
We hold Sendai World Festa at the Sendai International Center with the help of volunteers and groups that are active in the city and work for international understanding, international cooperation, and multiculturalism. The purpose of this festival is to help everyone involved think about furthering our goal of international exchange and multicultural understanding.
Support Multiculturalism and Mutual Understanding
Training programs and lectures are conducted to assist in understanding situations facing foreign residents and working together to build a more multicultural society.
Training and Development Activities
Education for International Understanding
We register foreign citizens who wish to help with international exchange activities and introduce information and those groups or people to schools, civic centers and other public places to run international understanding education activities.
Sendai International Students Program
Foreign international students can apply to the Sendai International Students Program and work with SenTIA and the Sendai City government in different events that aid in international understanding. In addition, the members of this program will plan and showcase their own original exchange events. A scholarship is awarded to every student who is accepted to this program.
Accepting students as Interns and Trainees
We accept student interns who either wish to go into careers that involve international exchange and multiculturalism or who are researching such topics for their graduation thesis. We also accept junior high school students for their work experience program.
Surveys and Research about Multiculturalism and Other Themes
We often conduct research based on such topics as the current state of multiculturalism, problems that are being faced, and where the study about multiculturalism is headed in Japan. In addition to that, we also work and participate in different conferences and research groups to network and create connections in the community.
Using our homepage and SenTIA published materials we advertise our activities, introduce foreign residents and citizen groups to promote public awareness about international exchange, international cooperation and multiculturalism. At the request of other groups, we dispatch our employees as teachers to share information such as our activities and details about our disaster risk reduction work.
International Exchange Activities
International Exchange Activities
We accept foreign citizen groups and youth from our sister cities and encourage and support grass root exchange through homestays and activities with Sendai based citizen groups.