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After discussions between the Program Committee for SCMS Tokyo, Josai  
University and others, an alternative conference to SCMS has been put  
in place. The details are as follows:

1)      Josai International University will host a one-day conference  
under the heading, “The Josai International University Media Studies  
Department Media Workshop.”  The event is hosted by Dean EN  
Fukuyuki, Dean of Media Studies.  The conference will be held on  
Saturday, May 23 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Josai Kioichô Campus (the  
original conference site).
2)      Josai will provide 5 large classrooms, including the Main  
Hall for presentations, discussions, workshops.  We still need to  
determine the event’s details, but much of this will depend on how  
many people plan to attend, and what sorts of events that people  
envision.  We will work on this, along with others who have stepped  
up, in the coming week. There may be additional events on or off site  
on Friday and/or Sunday that will be confirmed in the coming days.
3)      Josai will still provide masks, hand sanitizers, and health  
forms, but the use of these materials will be voluntary.
4)      The event will be free and open to the public.
5)      Because SCMS cancelled the conference and requested a full  
refund for all hotel reservations, JTB was forced to cancel all hotel  
reservations for the conference, and incurred a substantial loss.   
They will no longer be handling hotel bookings for attendees, so  
those reservations will need to be made individually.

It is absolutely necessary that we can confirm as soon as possible  
the number of participants, so PLEASE CONVEY THE FOLLOWING  
INFORMATION to [log in to unmask] by 6:00 AM (Eastern Daylight  
Time), March 16, 2009:

1) Your intention to participate.

2) Do you also intend to present a paper?

3) If so, what is the title of the paper? What was the original panel  
number in the SCMS schedule?

4) Please provide your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail  
address, current address and, if known or if different, your contact  
address in Japan.

5) The special screening at the National Film Center planned for SCMS  
on Friday, March 22, between 1 and 4 pm is still on the books, but  
the NFC has requested a list of attendees beforehand. Attached below  
is the original flier. Please also indicate whether you intend to  
attend this screening as well. (A small fee may be charged depending  
on the number of attendees.)



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