"Kumamoto International"-- an international mailing list about Kumamoto, Japan --
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Hi! My name is Kirk Masden. I'm an associate professor at Kumamoto Gakuen University. I've lived in Kumamoto since 1991.
In October of 1999 I created an unmoderated mailing list to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to the Kumamoto area. Since then the list has grown steadily (click here to check the current number of subscribers). My impression is that about half of the subscribers are Japanese and half are foreign. Most live in the Kumamoto area but there are also many participants from outside of Kumamoto. If you subscribe you will receive information relevant to life in Kumamoto via e-mail. You will also be able to pose questions or send information to other subscribers.
To subscribe, just send a blank e-mail message to the following address:
firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you'd like to know more about the list before you subscribe, please look at the FAQ below.
If you have already subscribed to Kumamoto International, be sure to look at the Subscribers' Page for information on how to post, etc.
The list is intended to facilitate the exchange of information related to events and issues in the Kumamoto area. I felt the need to create such a list through my involvement in several local volunteer efforts. I noticed that it was fairly easy to use the Internet to get information to the other side of the globe but that the Internet was not as useful as it might be for getting information about local events to people here in Kumamoto. The problem was that no appropriate local network had been established for such a purpose. I thought that setting up this mailing list would make the Internet more useful and relevant to the international community in Kumamoto.
The mailing list is intended to provide the following:
Anyone interested in international life in Kumamoto can join. Persons of all nationalities (Japanese, of course, included) are welcome.
Posts may be made in English or Japanese. To date, most messages on the list have been in English but Japanese messages are welcome as well, particularly if accompanied by an English summary or translation.
Yes. I, as manager, am the only person who has access to the list of subscribers. Your e-mail address will only become known to others when (if) you choose to post a message to the list. If you wish to avoid allowing others to know your e-mail address then do not post. You are free to "lurk" (that is, read messages posted by others without posting yourself) as long as you like.
If you would like to know more about the security safeguards on this list please look at the following page:
Yes. Here is the address:
Anyone can view these old messages at any time. Accordingly, it is not necessary to subscribe to the list in order to read the contents. One important advantage of subscribing, however, is that you are more likely to see timely messages (e.g. about an event to be held later that day) if you are receiving them via e-mail.
Also, Japanese text appears in this archive as mojibake. Fortunately, however, it is possible to access Japanese text that has been included in messages through the archive. Once you find the message with Japanese text that you want to view on the archive click on "Forward" . Then, you can either read the Japanese text on the screen or send it to yourself as e-mail to read later. (Note: You must have a Yahoo! identify and be logged in on the Yahoo!Groups site to do this.)
Click here to view the "Message archive by month." Dividing the number of messages in recent months by 30 will give a rough idea of how many messages you are likely to receive per day. If you wish to cut down on the number of messages you receive you may either select the digest mode or choose to read messages on the archive instead of receiving them via e-mail. For more information on these options, click here.
No. Quitting (unsubscribing) is easy. Just send a blank e-mail message to the following address:
To sign up for the group just send a blank e-mail message to the following address:
Then just follow the simple instructions that will be mailed to you.
It is also possible to subscribe to the list through the following form. Just type your e-mail address, hit the "Join Now!" button, and then respond to the confirmation message you will receive by e-mail:
Yes! If you like the list, please tell your friends about it. The larger the number of subscribers, the more useful the list will become. If you would like to have something on paper that can be copied and distributed or placed on a bulletin board, then click here and print out this pdf document. If you have any problem printing out the pdf file then click here and print out this gif image.
(since December 3, 2002)