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2017年5月25日Japan International Youth Event

Girl Scout of Japan extends a warm invitation to our Japan International Youth Event in September 2017. The event is open to young women of WAGGGS member aged 18- 25 years old as of 1 April 2017.
We are planning an exciting event and would like to have your young women to join us in Japan.


OBJECTIVES:To develop skills of leadership and facilitation for young women to build the better world as a leader with a global perspective.
EVENT: Japan International Youth Event
DATE: 13:00 Saturday 9th September to 10:00 Tuesday 12th September 2017
VENUE: Togakushi Girl Scout Center 3694-2 Togakushi Nagano Japan
Zip code:381-4101
It takes 3 hours from Tokyo by a bullet train and a bus. And then 20 minutes walk from the bus stop.
(To be Togakushi Girl Scout Center at 13:00, you need to take the bus 11:30 at Nagano station.)
THE MAXIMUM NUMBERS OF PARTICIPANTS: 30 (including Japanese members)
COST: JPY40,000
Costs include:

  • • all camp program
  • • accommodation checking in 9 September and checking out 12 September
  • • meals from dinner on 9 September to breakfast on 12 September
  • • scarf

Costs not included:

  • • air fares
  • • travel insurance
  • • transportations round trip between the airport and Togakushi Girl Scout Center
  • • any planned pre and/or post the event (including travel and food)
  • • visa fee

REGISTRATION: Due Date 26 June 2017
Please send the Accept in Principle form to

If you have any questions regarding the Japan International Youth Event, please feel free to contact us.

Further information will be sent after receiving the Accept in Principle form.

2016年4月21日Prayer for Ecuador

In response to Ecuador Earthquake, we would like to extend the heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the people of Ecuador over the serious earthquake. We pray for all of the people in the affected area.

2016年4月21日Appreciation for all the sympathy from our world sisters

Girl Scouts of Japan would like to express our sincere appreciation for all your warm sympathy and prayers from the world regarding the recent earthquake in the south part of Japan.

We are working to understand the situation, and we have confirmed that all Girl Scout members are alive in the affected areas. However, there have been hundreds of aftershocks and the situation is changing.

Girl Scouts of Japan will keep working and consider how and what we can support the affected area cooperating with our Local Councils.

2016年3月11日Forward to 11th March 2016

“What you must know for an emergency ~ Disaster prevention ♥ Is your community reliable?”
This is a title of a workshop held in a local community where I live and its flyer was delivered to all households in the area. The workshop was aimed at learning the measures of the community for natural disaster and considering what people can do today.

The event was also recruiting participants of “Disaster prevention workshop for Children”, which provides an opportunity for thinking about what if big quake occurs when a child is staying at home alone. Children and parents/guardians could join the session together.

I remember my terrible experience when I was at the age of six. It was a hot sunny day during summer holidays and I was the only one at home. It suddenly got dark and cold. A chorus of cicadas stopped and it started thundering and raining. And a lightning flush with deafening thunder rumbles! What a child of that age could do was rushing into the neighbour’s house nearly crying. Her decision made in fear was to ‘go where people are.’ That was the best for a 6-year-old child.

‘Disaster Prevention’ is an attitude how much we can avoid damage. In addition to that, how much we can minimize estimating losses and damages, named ‘Disaster Mitigation’ has been introduced and gradually permeating in the society. When we think over natural disasters and accidents which would happen in various areas no matter how the size is, we should recognize anybody could be a victim in anywhere, anytime. ‘Disaster Mitigation’ tell us that recognizing disaster as our own possible matter to be the first stages for prevention. We should be prepared.

It has been five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred. It always takes a long time for the recovery once we affected disasters. Although we are in the middle of the reconstruction process, we need to be prepared for disaster some day in the future. Through the experiences gotten in ages, Japanese people have been challenged to develop spiritual strength to find a way to gain foothold even from desperations. Besides skills and supplies for preparation what we should care at times would be a spirit of mutual aid to support and to help each other. Keeping those in mind, we mark the 11th of March in 2016.

Mariko Asano, National Commissioner, Girl Scouts of Japan