Upcoming TELL Events

The Brown University Club of Japan would like to share a few updates from fellow alumnus Roberto De Vito and the TELL organization.

TELL is a not-for-profit organization that has provided mental health support and counseling services to Japan’s international community for over 40 years, including a free Lifeline crisis hotline.

TELL has created a (short) corporate mental health care survey, and asks for the support of our members in providing their feedback and sharing the survey onward.

World Suicide Prevention Day will be held on September 10, and TELL is organizing awareness-building walks.

TELL’s major fundraiser is its Connoisseurs Auction, comprising a sit-down dinner and a charity auction featuring 25-30 lots of premium wine, luxurious accommodation, and exceptional goods and services from a wide range of donors. The event also features extensive tastings of fine wines from some of Japan’s top wine distributors, as well as free-flow Champagne. TELL is also having events this autumn in Kobe (at the Kobe Club on Friday, October 14) and Kyoto (at Taizo-in on Saturday, October 29) in support of TELL’s increased awareness-building efforts that began with their establishment of a phone room in Kobe in March 2015.

Finally, they’d like to let people know about their distance counseling service, for people who live outside greater Tokyo area.

As you may know, mental health services are not as widely available in Japan as some other countries; we hope some of this information may be of interest or use, and feel free to share it on.

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Benjamin Boas ‘06.5 Book release party: “Re-learning English” (『大人のためのやり直し英会話』)

The Brown University Club of Japan is proud to announce that Benjamin Boas ‘06.5 , official Cool Japan Ambassador and one of the first American authors of a Japanese-language manga, is back with his second book!

Come join the Nakano release party for Benjamin’s newest work, “Re-learning English” (『大人のためのやり直し英会話』) in one of Tokyo’s coolest neighborhoods at the super-hip Zingaro Space, operated by internationally renowned artist Takashi Murakami!

That’s not all! Benjamin is also Nakano’s Tourism Ambassador and will show you the very best of this stylish, quirky part of Tokyo. Get an insider’s view of all the hottest spots around Nakano Station’s North Exit! Nakano is all about finding your own style, so whether you’re cosplaying, wearing a suit, or in casual clothes, get ready to have fun!

Time: July 10, 2016 (Sunday), 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Zingaro Space (5 minutes’ walk from JR Nakano Station’s North Exit. Head to the second floor of Nakano Broadway, all the way to the back, right next to Bar Zingaro.)

Event Line-up:

*Meet the Author: Photographs and book signing with Benjamin!

*Celebrate: Join in the kagami-biraki (sake barrel-opening ceremony), with a free cup of sake, first come first served. Plus, use your drink ticket at Bar Zingaro next door!

*Eat: Special discount ticket for elicious cupcakes by Kyle’s Good Finds, featured in Japan Times and other media!

*Subculture Paradise: Get a special tour of the Nakano Broadway area with famed otaku anthropologist and Moe Manifesto author Patrick Galbraith!

Entrance Fees:

With a copy of Benjamin’s Book: 2000 yen (drink ticket included), plus Benjamin will sign your book!

Without a copy: 3000 yen (drink ticket included)

–You can find copies at a special dedicated display on the day-of at Haruya, on the third floor of Nakano Broadway!


But hold on! Can’t wait until July 10? Worried Haruya will run out of copies? Never fear, Amazon has the book here: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4093884617

Bring your packing slip to the event for the 2000 yen discount rate!

Reminder – BUCJ 2016 Student-Alumni Mixer

***Please RSVP by Thursday June 16th as space is limited!***

The BUCJ would like to invite Brown alumni to a casual gathering this month.   Let’s catch up with alumni while getting to know current students visiting Japan.

This event will be held at T.Y. Harbor in Tennoz Isle on Sunday, June 19th from 6:30pm.  Please click the following link for further details and to RSVP.


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“A Safe & Sustainable Future: Making a Case for Nuclear Energy in Japan

Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, will present his thoughts on the energy landscape and his case for the future role of nuclear energy in Japan. Details follow below and at:


This event will be held at the Roppongi Hills Club and includes a buffet dinner  for 5,000 yen. Beverages available at cash bar.




A Safe & Sustainable Future: Making a Case for Nuclear Energy in Japan

A presentation and discussion of the merits of nuclear power, by Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency

The Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to present a talk by Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, who will present his thoughts on the energy landscape and his case for the future role of nuclear energy in Japan.

Mr. Tanaka’s thesis is that the risks of oil in terms of dependency on the Middle East and the impact on climate change suggest that nuclear power needs to be considered as a viable option for Japan.

He will present his views on the state of the nuclear industry and the energy needs of Japan, and follow his talk with a Q&A session.

We hope you will join us for this unique occasion to discuss this provocative and important topic with an expert in the field.


TIME and DATE: Monday, June 13th, 19:00 – 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30.)

PLACE:  Roppongi Hills Club

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 51st Floor, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Map: http://www.roppongihillsclub.com/visitor/dfw/rhc/jp/common/pdf/map.pdf

ADMISSION: 5,000 JPY for buffet dinner. Cash bar available.

REGISTRATION: http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=329

Please register by June 9. Cancellations after 17:00 on June 9 will be charged full price, with no exceptions.

Note that after your registration a confirmation will appear on-screen, but NO ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION EMAILS WILL BE SENT.

For questions and inquiries, please contact Shigetaka Seki at: Shigetaka_Seki@alumni.harvard.edu



Nobuo Tanaka is President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation as of April 1st, 2015.  As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he oversaw a seminal period in the Agency’s work and direction.  Under his leadership, the IEA initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011.  He also played a crucial and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major IEA non-Member energy players, including China, India, Russia and South Africa.  He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo, and has served in a number of high-ranking positions in METI, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department and Director for International Nuclear Energy Policy of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency.  He was deeply engaged in a range of trade and economic issues with the US as Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC from 1998 to 2000. He has also served as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD before his appointment to the IEA.