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2017 JWLI Program Has Started!

On October 10th, 2017, Atsuko Fish hosted a welcome reception for her program, Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI). Atsuko founded JWLI in 2006 and this year the program celebrated its 11th anniversary. As the primary mission of the program, JWLI empowers Japanese women to become leaders and make positive social change and innovation in Japan. The […]

Kozue’s Presentation to Japanese Students from the Showa Boston Institute

On May 30th and May 31st, JWLI Program Manager, Kozue Sawame, gave presentations on “The Importance of Marketing to the Success of an NPO” to a total of 39 undergraduate Japanese students from the Showa Boston Institute. Kozue’s presentations helped the students assimilate the application of “marketing concepts” to real life situations and furthered their […]

Atsuko Hosted a Luncheon with a Talk by Gen. Yoshikazu Watanabe

On Wednesday, May 17, Atsuko Fish, U.S.-Japan Council Board Member and Chair of its New England chapter, hosted a luncheon with a talk by Yoshikazu Watanabe on the topic of “Japan and Two Big Countries: China and the U.S.” Watanabe is the retired Lieutenant General of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) and currently […]

6th Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony Held in Boston

Atsuko Fish, JWLI founder, attended this year’s cherry tree planting ceremony at the McCormack Middle School in the Dorchester area of Boston on April 28th. It was Fish Family Foundation’s 6th year to give five cherry trees to a school within the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Japanese is taught at these six schools. The students […]

Atsuko Fish Hosts a Commemoration Luncheon for Tohoku

Atsuko Fish, the JWLI Founder and a U.S.-Japan Council board member, hosted a luncheon featuring two speakers, Megumi Ishimoto and Hideki Matsunaga in Boston on Friday, March 10th. Six years have passed since the Tohoku disaster in 2011. This event was to commemorate the tragedy and learn the current situation in Tohoku from the speakers. […]

2012 Fellow featured on the Medill Reports Chicago Article

Noelle Takahashi, our 2012 Fellow, was recently featured on the Medill Reports Chicago article, “Will Japan’s ‘Womenomics’ work?” The article is about gender inequality in Japan. Noelle emphasizes gender inequality still exists in Japan, and she sees it herself from her own experience. She also explains many women in Japan are living under pressure. Noelle […]

2016 Fellow Program Report Published!

Our 2016 final report has been just published! The report was written and designed by our 2016 Fellows – Rie Sawanobori of Dow Chemical Japan, Ibuki Ozawa of PIECE, Mami Kishigami of Osaka City Women’s Foundation and Mio Kojima of Aids Orphan Support PLAS. The report details their four-week program in Boston, meeting and learning […]

Grassroots Academy Tohoku Hosts a Women Leadership Training Program in Seattle

Megumi Ishimoto, 2014 Fellow, leads the Grassroots Academy Tohoku. Megumi and the Academy recently hosted a women leadership training program in Seattle from February 5th to 11th, 2017. 10 young female leaders from Tohoku participated in a capacity-development workshop at iLEAP, a Seattle-based leadership institute. During their stay, participants met local residents and had opportunities […]

JWLI on The Japan Times and Nikkei

JWLI Founder, Atsuko Fish, and three of our Fellows, Megumi Ishimoto, Yuko Nakaoka, and Kiyono Yagami, were interviewed by two major Japanese newspapers, Kyodo and Nikkei. The keynote speaker of our Tokyo Summit, Mari Kuraishi, was also interviewed as well and spoke about what was preventing Japanese women from working and taking leadership roles. Atsuko […]

Kozue Spoke to Showa Boston Students

On January 26th, JWLI Program Manager, Kozue Sawame, gave a presentation to 18 undergraduate students from the Showa Boston Institute, the Boston satellite campus of Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan. The talk was held as part of the Women and Leadership course offered jointly with Emanuel College. In hope that some of these 18 […]