About Musashino International Association (MIA)

About MIA

Musashino International Association (MIA), established in October 1989 (Heisei 1) , aims to make our town more open minded, where people with different cultural backgrounds live together, where international residents and local Japanese work together under the ideal of World Peace. Responding flexibly to social changes, MIA has introduced varieties of programs and activities. Through promotion of international exchange in the community, MIA is earnest in relation-building among foreign and Japanese residents to develop the community together. MIA is determined to realize “Tabunka Kyosei” multicultural society, where people with different cultures or backgrounds respect each other and live together. Toward this end, MIA has been organizing numerous projects with support and understanding by many people in the community.

Name of Organization Musashino International Association
(Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
President Hirohisa Kawaguchi
Address SWING 9F, 2-14-1 Sakai, Musashino, Tokyo
Foundation October 13, 1989 (Heisei 1)
Incorporation April 1, 2009 (Heisei 21)
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation April 1, 2010 (Heisei 22)
Purpose Promotion of open minded society that contributes to peace in the world
Parent Organization Musashino City
Main Activities Grassroots level promotion of international exchange and cooperation/support for foreign residents daily life, etc.
Telephone 0422-36-4511
FAX 0422-36-4513
Email Address mia@coral.ocn.ne.jp
Number of MIA Supporting Members 569 people (As of May 1, 2017)
Number of MIA Foreign Members 796 people (78 countries/regions)

MIA Project Outlines:

Through grassroots level international exchange and cooperation, and by promoting support for foreign residents, MIA aims at open minded society that contributes to world peace, based on cross-cultural mutual understanding and “Tabunka Kyosei” multicultural society. There are 3 pillars for MIA projects: support for comfortable life in the community, communication support, and development of multicultural society.

1.Support for Foreign Residents’ Comfortable Life in the Community

Connecting people through Japanese course or “Ryugakusei” Home Visit Program for foreign students, MIA helps to enhance face-to-face relationship between foreign residents with various cultural backgrounds and citizens in general based on MIA’s ideal to promote their community program participation. MIA also holds sessions for them to consult various topics in their languages, so as not to be isolated in the regional community.

  • Support for participants in Japanese courses
  • Consultation in multiple-languages
  • Promotion of foreign students’ community participation

2.Communication Support for Foreign Residents

MIA offers information service in multiple languages so that the foreign resident with various cultural backgrounds can lead a comfortable life in the community. At the same time, emphasis is placed on providing emergency information and disaster prevention drills, so that they can be prepared for contingencies.

  • Multi-language Information Service for Daily Life
  • Interpretation Service and Translation

3.Development of “Tabunka Kyosei” multicultural society

MIA organizes various activities to promote “Tabunka Kyosei,” or multicultural society, where both Japanese and foreign people comfortably live together. A lot of Japanese and foreign residents participate in such programs to make the community better, removing possible prejudice or bias.

  • Promotion of international understanding in the community
  • Support of volunteer activities for international exchange and cooperation
  • Cooperation with community organizations for international exchange and cooperation
  • Research study and publication of international exchange and cooperation
Musashino International Association (MIA)
SWING 9F, Sakai 2-14-1,Musashino-shi , Tokyo 180-0022
TEL 0422-36-4511 FAX 0422-36-4513
E-mail: mia@coral.ocn.ne.jp
Open: TUE - SAT 9:00-17:00(Closed on SUN,MON and Public Holidays)