When Cultures Smash

By Zachary Everson The treetops along the west coast of Japan had already long-since begun the cascade of harvest hues, yet my friend and I still had not reserved a location for our English-speaking community’s annual late-autumn pitch-in dinner. We organized many events throughout the year, but none would bring together as diverse a crowd …

When an Irresistible Force Meets an Immovable Object

by Hansol Choi We have all been there before: we are in what initially begins as a friendly discourse with someone when all of a sudden, we find ourselves in the heat of an impasse about a disagreement that seems to have lodged itself right between us and the other party. As the conversation transforms …

As a Law Student

Jacob Yum Conflict Mediation Specialist As a law student, I initially wanted to work at the APADRC because I believed it would greatly enhance my ability to properly resolve conflicts while providing an avenue for me to utilize my skills to help others. Today, after working at the APADRC, I can confidently say that I …

The Hague Abduction Convention Goes into Force in Japan: The APADRC Divorce Mediation Program and Community Education

Huge Issue between the U.S. and Japan International parental child abduction is on the rise all over the world, as international marriages are rapidly increasing. For years, child abduction from the United States to Japan has been a huge issue, not only on individual and societal levels, but also on a diplomatic level between the …

Restorative Justice in Action: PART 2

by Sean Dwyer, Assistant Program Director So we enter into the next phase of the Restorative Justice process, as much in a given case as in the program’s implementation in general. In the first official RJ case, we have continued to work with the parties, carried out a circle and now are into the follow …

Preservation and Reparation of Relationships through Mediation

by Karina Cordero, Conflict Mediation Specialist Alternative methods of conflict resolution, such as mediation, have grown in popularity in recent years due to their low cost and less time consuming solutions as compared to the traditional court system. However, during my time at APADRC I have discovered that one of the most valuable aspects of …

Restorative Justice in Action

by Sean Dwyer, Assistant Program Director Communicating is a necessary practice whenever human beings engage in any kind of social activities. Planning ahead, carrying out the activity and evaluating how it went afterwards remain at best imaginings if they do not at least take the form of discussion. There is of course always a risk that our …

Challenges in Mediation: David’s Case Experience

David Birch Having recently graduated law school, my perception of the world and the various circumstances within it has changed. Before sitting the New York bar in February I have accepted a position as a conflict resolution specialist (mediator) at the APADRC, given my interest in mediations and conflict resolution. The experience I am getting …

Introducing Our Fall Interns!

by Hansol Choi, Conflict Mediation Specialist We are very excited to introduce our new multi-lingual team of Conflict Resolution Specialists this fall as a part of our Community& Intergroup Conflicts Program. Joining us are David (Portugese/ Spanish), Yuxi (Mandarin/Cantonese), Hosoo (Korean), Ana Valeria (Spanish), Harrison (Korean), Sakie (Japanese), Andy (Mandarin), Hansol (Korean), Kantong (Cantonese/Mandarin), Karina (Spanish), …

Mediation, from a Mental Health Perspective.

Darin Witkovic Unlike the majority of the volunteers at the APADRC, I am not an aspiring lawyer or law student. In fact, I would have never discovered the organization if I hadn’t been looking over resumes at my current place of employment. I come from a mental health background with most of my experience and …