What is FILS?
FILS is ....
This is formally named Fuji International Lounge for Sharing in English and it is called FILS.
It is also considered as International Exchange Section of Multiculture and Gender Equality Affairs Division in Fuji City Hall.
(Fuji Shiyakusho, Danjo Kyodo Sankaku Ka, Kokusai Koryu Shitsu)
FILS aims for a multicultural symbiotic society.
This means that both Japanese and foreign people live together as Fuji citizens not as different people,
trying to make everyone understand the different values from different nationality, race and culture,
while respecting each other.
You walk into the main entrance of Fuji Koryu Plaza, turn right at the reception desk, then FILS is in front of you.
↑"Welcome to FILS, here is the entrance.
"Please do not hegitate to come into our office"
↑"Decorations and Ornaments with international atmosphere are welcoming you."
The hall is a rather spacey than a general office.
Japanese language lessons and consultations are held in this room.
Staff and volunteers also do their work for Japanese classes, events, and other activities.
↓The reception counter is right side of the entrance door and FILS staff welcomes you.
↑"Hello, how can I help you? "
Please ask at the reception counter for:
Translations and Consultations,
Applications for Japanese(NIHONGO) Classes, Events, and other Activities.
Tuesday to Friday １３：００ to ２１：００
Saturday and Sunday １０：００ to １８：００
Regular staff attends everyday and the language staff attends depends on the designated day.
Thurasday Phlippine （Tagalog）
Sunday Spanishi & Portuguese
Closed Sunday, Bank Holidays, Year end and New Year holiday
Approximately 5 minutes walk from JR Fuji station North Exit/Entrance (KITA GUCHI).
On the first floor of Fuji-shi Koryu Plaza
Detailed map →
Parking：Koryu Plaza parking lot.
Get your parking ticket stamped at the FILS reception counter and then show the ticket at the Koryu Plaza reception desk
so you can avail the two hours free parking service.
Parking for longer than two hours will be charged so please let the FILS staff knows when you want to park for long hours.
PROGRAM and ACTIVITIES
FILS works in two main categories ;
One is "Consultations by regular and language staff" and the ohter is "Events and Activities by Volunteer Staff".
Please check and see the Volunteer page for the Volunteers' works.
１．Consultations are taken by regular/language staff for foreign residents.
２．Translations and explanations of official documents by language staff are available.
３．FILS supports foreign regidents by running Japanese language classes.
４．FILS supprts foreign school children to learn.
５．A variety of International Exchange Events are organised by FILS
６．Various information regarding to international exchange and relationship are collected and provided by FILS.
Staff of Fuji City Hall(Fuji shiyakusho), Multiculture and Gender Equality Affairs Division, Kokusai Koryu Shitsu is in charge.
Two full time staff
One language staff is in charge everyday in shifts
Tuesday Chinese Langage Staff
Wednesday English Language Staff
Thursday Philippine (Tagalog) Language Staff
Friday Spanish Language Staff
Saturaday Portuguese Language Staff
Sunday Spanish or Portuguese Language Staff
Please check and see the Volunteer page for the Volunteers' works and activities.
|Year 2000|| Over 4,400 foreign residents from 42 different countries had been living
It was said that a place where Japanese people and foreign residents mix with was necessary.
So, the members of International Exchange Volunteer Groups in Fuji-shi realized that to set up an organization which worked for international relationship was essential.
|January 2000|| A group made of members from volunteer groups was organized to set up
Fuji International Lounge for Shareing.
Fuji Association for Internatinal Relations and fifteen International exchange volunteer groups in Fuji-shi and neoghbouring areas got together to talke about it.
They requested to Fuji Local Government that a sysetm to support foreign residents and a place where volunteers met together for their activities was necessary.
They considered how Fuji International Lounge for Sharing should be for one and half years after the request.
|August 2001|| The proposal concerning Fuji International Lounge for Sharing was submitted
to the Mayor of Fuji and
the chairman of Fuji Association for International Relations.
Working towards its opening for 2002, topics such as location, system, and actual works were discussed.
|April 7, 2002|| Fuji International Louge for Shairigng started at an office in previous
Fuji Shimin Center.
|July 2003|| The First Issue of FILS LETTER was published.
|April 2004|| Previous Fuji Shimin Cener was to be re-built, and FILS moved into a space
at Yoshiwara Shopping Mall.
Staff of FILS kept working in the redecorated space.
FILS became popular among people in Yoshiwara Shopping Mall, and foreign residents.
|April 2008|| FILS moved into the North space in newly constructed Fuji Koryu Plaza,
previous Fuji Shimin Center.
Koryu Plaza has facilities including a library, cafe, meeting room, large hall.
It became accessible because of a big parking space.
|Year 2011|| The number of visitors, consultations and Japanese language classes have
FILS HOME PAGE opened.
Since then the latest information was started to sent through internet.
Number of visitors
Year 2002 2506 People
Year 2003 3572
Year 2004 3089 ←Moved into Yoshiwara
Year 2005 3531
Year 2006 3653
Year 2007 4457
Year 2008 5210 ←Moved into Fuji Koryu Plaza
Year 2009 6583
Year 2010 6109
The number of visitors has been increasing in the past years.
Through the FILS events and some publicity works, FILS is trying to let a lot more people know FILS, use FILS and support FILS.