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. 

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




  • 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

【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