2018 Fall Program Has Started!

On Tuesday, October 9th JWLI Founder Atsuko Fish hosted a welcome reception for the start of the Fall Program.  The reception took place at Fish Family Foundation located in Boston, and many friends came together to welcome the four new Fellows.

Atsuko founded JWLI in 2006 with this year being its 12th anniversary. As the primary mission of the program, JWLI empowers Japanese women to become leaders and make positive social change and innovation in Japan.



JWLI & The Japan Foundation CANPAN Event: Partnering for a Better World

公衆衛生の部門で全米最大級のNPO「Management Sciences for Health」で30年以上にわたってプリンシパル・テクニカルアドバーザーを務めたシルビア・ヴリーセンドルプさんが、9月15日に行われたJWLI&日本財団CANPANコラボレーションイベントにて、ディスカッションベースのワークショップを行いました。後半はグループワーク形式で、参加者同士のネットワーキングの機会にもなりました。雨の中お越し下さった参加者の皆様、ありがとうございました!

Sylvia Vriesendorp, an independent consultant who has over 35 years of experience in the field of public health, held a workshop at the Nippon Foundation. The audience included Japanese nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs. During the interactive workshop, the participants formed small groups and discussed pressing social issues its members were currently addressing. Despite of rainy weather, many people came to the event. Thank you for your participations!

【SAVE THE DATE: 9/11/2018】厚子・フィッシュがデール・カーネギー東京校にて登壇しますAtsuko Will Give a Talk at Dale Carnegie Japan!






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JWLI Founder Atsuko Fish will be giving a talk at Dale Carnegie Japan on September 11, 2018. She will be mainly discussing about the driving force to bring positive social changes to the world and her empowerment method to keep people moving forward.

Please register for the event from the link below:


【Event Details】

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (Japan Time) 14:00 – 16:00

Dale Carnegie Japan
2-19-8 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

【Reporting Event Recap】2018年JWLI春プログラムの報告会が大成功に終わりました!

2018年春期フェローによる研修発表会をVenture Cafe Tokyoで開催しました。100名近くの参加者の前で、6名のフェローが、研修での学びと今後のアクションについて発表しました。研修で得たものは、スキルや知識だけでなく新たなネットワークやアクション実行のためのヒント、自分はリーダーなのだという自覚と自信、自分と向き合う大切な機会だった、と語りました。  
第二部は2017年度フェローの海老原周子さん、大洲早生李さんによるアクションプランの進捗報告。半年あまりの間に目覚ましい進化を遂げているお二人の取組みは、多くの方の共感を得たようです。本研修パートナーであるバブソン大学の山川教授からも、人生を変えるような経験 と飛び入りコメントを頂戴しました。


The JWLI Reporting Event, which took place at Venture Cafe Tokyo, ended in a HUGE success! Thank you all for always supporting us. Our application for the Fall 2018 program is now open! Apply for the program from

【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 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:

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.