【JWLI Spring Report is Ready!】JWLI2018年春プログラムの報告書

JWLI Spring 2018 Report is now ready! From JWLI Fellows’ experiences in Boston to their Action Plans, the report will give you a full understanding of JWLI. To read our full report, please click here.

JWLI春プログラムの報告書が完成しました!フェロー達のボストンでの経験からアクションプランの詳細まで、JWLIの情報満載です。報告書は、こちらからお読みください。

JWLI Spring 2018 Program Has Wrapped Up!

Congratulations 2018 JWLI Spring Fellows for completing the program! We are excited to see the Fellows executing their Action Plans once they go back to Japan. A small graduation ceremony was held in our office on the last day of the program, May 11. Each Fellow received a completion certificate from Atsuko.

Special thanks to the host organizations and Japan Society of Boston for all the supports. The Fellows learned valuable lessons from all of you. We would also like to extend out thanks to those who came to the JWLI reception and the Brown Bag Luncheon event. With all of your support, 2018 JWLI Spring program ended with a huge success!

Details of the Fellows’ four-week program in Boston can be found on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/jwliboston

Atsuko Fish Featured in Philanthropy Magazine in Japan

Atsuko Fish is featured in Philanthropy Magazine in Japan! This article highlights Atsuko’s work from how she got her start in a PR firm in Japan to how she met her husband, Larry Fish. She also speaks about her inspiration behind JWLI and her long-terms goals for the program in order to empower women in Japan. She also speaks about her hopes for the Champions of Change Award, which is based on the Champion of Change Award she received from President Barack Obama in 2013. Check out the article here!

JWLI and Atsuko Fish Featured in Mainichi Shimbun

Mainichi Shimbun, one of the major newspapers in Japan, featured Atsuko Fish and JWLI on January 5th of this year. The article highlighted the JWLI program and how it was started in 2006. The private and social sectors in Japan have  been promoting Japanese Women’s Leadership endeavors and JWLI is exemplary of the current trend. The article continued to explain the new added aspects of the JWLI program and how Atsuko Fish is looking for emerging female leaders who are committed to improving their own communities and making positive impacts. 

JWLI Alumni Reconnect in Osaka for Japanese Women’s Conference

Two of our JWLI Alumni have connected and joined together for a Women’s workshop in Osaka, Japan. Mami Kishigami, who was a JWLI fellow in 2016, lives and works in Osaka as the Chief Program Officer of the Osaka City Women’s Foundation. She is also a Deputy Manager of the Women’s Counseling Center. Maki invited a 2014 JWLI fellow, Megumi Ishimoto, who is based in Tohoku, who started a nonprofit after the 2011 disaster in order to support women in disaster-stricken areas, especially in evacuation centers in order to provide resources and programming for financial sustainability. Megumi spoke at the workshop in Osaka about her experience starting a nonprofit. It is wonderful to see collaborations between past fellows who have both gone through the JWLI program to connect back in Japan and work together.

Exciting Feature of Champion of Change Japan Award Finalist in Japanese Newspapers

A finalist of the Champion of Change Japan Award (CCJA), Kaneko Yoshie, was recently featured in Japanese newspapers, speaking about CCJA and what it meant to be for her to be selected as a finalist. Kanako was impacted by the March 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake in Ishinomaki and established her nonprofit shortly afterwards. She worked to help and arrange the volunteer network for the demands of the area and has been selected from a pool of 145 nominees for her work in improving her community. Three local newspapers in the Tohoku area have  published articles about CCJA and the work that Kanako has been doing. 

Showa Boston Institute Japanese Students hear from Kozue about Women’s Leadership

In December, Program Manager of JWLI Kozue Sawame presented to Japanese students from the Showa Boston Institute on Women’s Leadership. Students from the Showa Boston Institute came to Fish Family Foundation to hear about Kozue’s experience and Women’s Leadership in the United States. The class highlighted Women’s Leadership in the global sphere and part of the curriculum focused on the UN. The instructor of the course wanted to bring the students to Fish Family Foundation in order to see an example of a foundation that was started and run by Japanese female leaders, who are now living and working in the United States. Kozue spoke about her personal experience along with the overall arching goals of JWLI and the importance of empowering Japanese women in the Boston area.

The Showa Women’s University in Tokyo opened up a satellite campus for English Majors in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts in 1988 and since then has worked to promote awareness, intercultural and cross-cultural dialogue and global experiences for Japanese students and the greater Boston community. Over 700 Japanese students study in Boston every year from Showa University.

2018年春プログラム参加者募集!Deadline Extended/ 締め切り延長

プログラム実施期間】
2018年4月16日~5月11日

【応募方法】
応募はオンラインにて(http://jwli.org/application/
応募締め切り:2018年1月25日21時(EST・ボストン時間)

【応募用件】

  • 5年以上の職務経験
  • 日本社会に変革をもたらすための明確なビジョン
  • 強いリーダーシップ
  • 意欲的で行動を重んじる姿勢
  • アメリカの非営利・ソーシャルセクターでの組織運営および
    リーダーシップへの高い関心

【Program Dates】
April 16, 2018 – May 11, 2018 (tentative)

【Application Info】
Online application closes on 9pm on January 25, 2018 (EST) . Click here for online application form!

【Key Qualifications】

  • 5+ years work experience
  • Clear vision for social change in Japan
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Passionate, action-oriented mindset
  • Interest to learn about leadership and management in American non-profit organizations and social communities

2017 Fish Family Foundation & The Nippon Foundation CANPAN・NPO Forum

Atsuko enthusiastically described her passion to support and empower female leaders in Japan at “Fish Family Foundation & The Nippon Foundation CANPAN・NPO Forum” happened on December 6th in Tokyo, Japan.  Atsuko gave a lecture on what role family foundations play in the U.S. society. Additionally, she gave a powerful talk on how she expects female leaders in Japan to bring positive social changes to brighten the Japanese society. Furthermore, the 2017 JWLI Fellows shared how they are going to use the lessons they learned during their stay in Boston to make their Action Plans come true. Together with Atsuko and the 2017 JWLI Fellows, the participants of the event completed worksheets for describing the problems they are seeing in Japan and brainstormed what actions they can make to fix it.

日本財団ビルにて12月6日に行われた「フィッシュ・ファミリー財団&日本財団CANPAN・NPO フォーラム」で、厚子さんがトークセッションを行いました。アメリカにおける家族財団の役割や意義に加え、今後の日本社会における女性による社会革命への期待を語りました。また、2017年秋プログラムに参加したフェロー達も駆けつけ、研修での学びやボストンで活躍するビジネスリーダ達との出会い、そしてそれらの経験を今後どのように活かしてゆくのかをお話ししました。トークセッション後は、イベントに参加してくださった方々と共に、厚子さんとフェロー達がワークショップを行いました。「今日の話しを聞いて、あなたが気にかけている社会課題にどう取り組むか?」というテーマについて各自考えをまとめ、ディスカッションする皆さんの眼差しは、「日本をより良い国にしたい」という心意気で満ち溢れていました。

2017 Champion of Change Japan Award Ceremony

The first “Champion of Change Japan” was announced at the Champion of Change Japan Award Ceremony happened at 100BANCH in Shibuya, Tokyo. The award was established by Atsuko Fish and the Fish Family Foundation early this year to shed light on Japanese women leaders who work hard every day to address the most pressing needs in their communities. After receiving the Champion of Change award from The White House back in 2013, Atsuko established the Champion of Change Japan Award to recognize the unsung heroes who are working at the grassroots level.

The award ceremony started with a wonderful opening speech given by Daniel Perel, the president of Tiffany & Co Japan Inc. Among the 145 competitive applicants, 8 finalists were invited to the ceremony. Everyone at the event gave a big round of applause when Ami Takahashi, a female leader who has an organization that supports at-risk youths, was chosen as the Champion of Change Japan. In addition to a cash prize, Ami received a crystal bowl designed by the world’s notable designer Elsa Peretti.

This year’s award was sponsored by Tiffany & Co, Dow Chemical Japan, and the Fish Family Foundation.

12月4日に東京と渋谷区の100BANCHで行われた「第一回チャンピオン・オブ・チェンジ日本大賞」の授賞式にて、大賞が発表されました。アメリカ在住の日本人女性である厚子・東光・フィッシュ氏は2013年、日本女性のリーダー育成プログラムや東日本大震災時の被災地支援活動などをホワイトハウスから讃えられ、 チャンピオン・オブ・チェンジ賞をオバマ大統領から授与されました。同賞は、日本社会における様々な課題に勇気を持って立ち向かい、日々一生懸命に活動されている女性達に光をあてたいという思いから、フィッシュ氏によって創設されたものです。

授賞式ではティファニー・アンド・カンパニー・ジャパン・インク社長のダニエル・ペレル氏による挨拶が行われた後、応募者145名の中から厳正な審査により選ばれた8名のファイナリストの中から、1名の大賞が発表されました。大賞を受賞した「アフターケア相談所 ゆずりは」で所長を務める高橋亜美さんは、児童養護施設などを巣立った若者達が安心して社会活動を営めるように、日々一生懸命活動しています。高橋さんにはティファニー社製のクリスタルボウルが贈呈され、ファイナリスト7名の方々にも記念品が贈られました。