CAFE forges links with Japanese author

The award winning work of Arbroath’s CAFE Project was highlighted at a special seminar which focused on marginalised young people in Japan and Scotland at Edinburgh University last week.

Two speakers, Mr Hiroshi Kainuma, one of Japan’s leading young sociologists and author of several books from Fukushima University, and Mr Derek Wann, an advisor to the CAFE Project outlined the work being done to help youngsters in their respective countries.

The two-hour seminar attracted Scottish and international students and academics, as well as the Consul General of Japan.

Speaking after the seminar, Mr Wann said: “I was delighted to be invited to speak at the seminar, and what became very clear during both of our presentations was that people on the margins of society in both Japan and Scotland often face similar challenges.

“Not only has Mr Kainuma written a number of books on the subject, he also writes columns for leading Japanese magazines, so it was fascinating to hear about the work that is being done there.

“The morning after the seminar, I had several emails from audience members who wanted to find out more about the work we do with young people in Angus, so it has clearly created a significant amount of interest.

“I was also interested to find that there are organisations in Japan similar to the Café Project, and we now hope to make contact with at least one of them, to see what we can learn from each other.”

Mr Kainuma is the author of number of best-selling books including ‘Fukushima Theory - The Birth of a Nuclear Village’ and ‘Bleached Society’ a study looking at marginal groups in Japan.