Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative – call for applications

JWLI is currently accepting applications – deadline 4/25. As you know, JWLI is designed for a women nonprofit leader or a women social entrepreneur in Japan.

2015 Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative – call for applications
Deadline: April 25, 2015 – Apply Here

With a mission to empower Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change, the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative fosters the next generation of women nonprofit/social entrepreneur leaders in Japan. JWLI is a Boston-based, four-week training on nonprofit management with a 5-day graduate-level course on Strategic Leadership for Women at the Simmons College School of Management. This program is designed for women who are or have been in leadership roles for nonprofit organizations or social enterprises, as the goal is for these women to become an agent for social changes in Japan.

For more information, please see attached flyers in Japanese and English. Or, visit the online application form.

Contact Kozue Sawame at, Program Manager of the Fish Family Foundation, for questions.

Kozue Sawame
Program Manager
Fish Family Foundation
75 State Street, 21st Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Training for Transformation: How a NPO training program can impact values in order to bring about broader change in communities

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) presents

An evening with the Asian Rural Institute (ARI)
April 28, 7-9pm
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Bldg. 10, room 301
Training for Transformation: How a NPO training program can impact values in order to bring about broader change in communities

Prof David Slater, Sophia University 

Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director
Sarajean Rossitto ARI Assessment Project Coordinator, nonprofit NGO consultant 
Zacivolu Rhakho, India, Training Program Graduate, ARI staff member 
Rev. Timothy B. Appau, Ghana, Training Program Graduate, Chaplain

Prof Richard Gardner, Sophia University 

Talks in English
Open to all; no prior registration necessary

Map link to campus:

Map link to campus building:

Panelists will discuss how a distinctive leaders training program has impacted the lives of its participants over the past 40 years. The focus will be on how training can relay more than knowledge and skills but also influence values having the potential to effect broader social change. While many programs focus on skills and knowledge development alone, the Asian Rural institute (ARI) located in Tochigi Prefecture, aims to also transfer values which bring about more equitable and just communities. Stories from research as well as from current staff and former participants will share some of the changes experienced by individuals and how they are able to impact their local communities. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

FEW and International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8th, and serves as an opportunity for countries, organizations and communities to reflect and review progress regarding issues affecting women.  Under this year’s theme “MAKE IT HAPPEN”, FEW will be extending the celebration to a month of activities and opportunities for people to engage in action oriented, fun and inspirational events.

FEW Calendar of International Women’s Month Events

Sunday, March 8th (Fundraiser) - FEW x Lighthouse Fundraising Event - ¥2000 - Link
Raising funds and awareness to combat human trafficking and slavery in Japan. Open to men and women.

Thursday, March 12th (Monthly Meeting) -Unequal Impact: Gender in Disasters and Actions You Can Take - ¥3000 - Link
Nonprofit NGO consultant and FEW Member Sarajean Rossitto will speak about organizations and communities striving to integrate women’s needs in their humanitarian​ response initiatives.

Sunday, March 15th (Community Building) - Brunch and Books with the Board - ¥3000 - Link
An invitation to meet the FEW Board over a brunch and discuss books that are inspiring you. Roundtable discussions designed to build and maintain dialogue and community.

Tuesday, March 24th (Skill Building) - Energize your Work Style - ¥3000 - Link
Workshop offering from FEW Strategic Partner, Lumina Learning to discover self-motivation skills.

“Everyone is a Member”

As part of our “Everyone is a Member“ campaign, all women are welcome to participate in all FEW events throughout March at a membership rate, so please do spread the word among your friends, colleagues and networks and join us in these celebrations.

Thank you for your continued support and attendance to date. We look forward to seeing you seeing you in March, hopefully!

For Empowering Women in Japan

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New US-Japan nonprofit NGO course

Course Title; International Collaboration on Nonprofit NGO Management (8 Weeks) (ICNM-1)
Start Date: January 24th
Day: Saturday 09:00-11:20
Venue: TUJ Tokyo (Maps & Directions)
Fees: ¥65,500 

Through the use of technology, engaging discussions and a sharing of expert speakers and intellectual resources, two Temple University campuses (TUJ and TUH) will share two courses per year that will foster intellectual exchange with peers and colleagues from various backgrounds. This training program will cover topics such as current issues, leadership, grant writing, financial management, program management and human resources and help participants to take on more active roles within their organizations or communities.

Week 1-Jan. 24- TUJ opening session-                              
Week 2-Jan. 30/31-Shared Session 1 ( Theme: International Collaboratio)
Week 3- Feb. 6/7- Shared Session 2          ( Theme: Marketing the Nonprofit Sector)                           
Week 4-Feb. 13/14- Shared Session 3 (Theme: Crisis/Disaster Management)
Week 5- Feb. 20/21-Shared Session 4 (Theme: Financial Management/Economic Impact)
Week 6- Feb.27/28- Shared Session 5 (Theme: Role of Government)
Week 7-Mar 7-–TUJ based presentations-  TUJ only
Week 8-Mar 14- participant presentations/closing session- TUJ only

For more details: or 03-5441-9864

Friday, January 09, 2015

NEW TUJ course

TUJ ContEd will offer international collaborative course on 
NGO management together with TU Harrisburg.
This international collaboration is funded by the U.S.- Japan

The Japanese version is now posted on Kisha Club in
Naikakufu or Cabinet Office, as well as distributed 
via Daigaku Press Centre. 

Black Stripe Theater presents: God of Carnage, January 22-25

A black comedy involving four parents, who meet to discuss the recent actions of their uncivilized children. But as the saying goes “The apple doesn't fall far from the tree” and their “discussion” soon turns chaotic, revealing the deep cracks just below the surface of the two marriages. A hilarious show written with wit, some bad language and plenty of surprises. ​

Black Stripe Theater presents the award winning comedy: God of Carnage

Written by Yasmina Reza
Directed by Ed Gilmartin

Mark Chinnery
Ian Martin 
Julie Sweum

Rachel Walzer

THURSDAY 1/22: 7:30pm
FRIDAY 1/23: 7:30pm
SATURDAY 1/24: 1:30pm
SATURDAY 1/24 7:30pm (SORRY - SOLD OUT!)
SUNDAY 1/25: 1:30pm
SUNDAY 1/25 7:30pm

VENUE: Ogikubo Show Gekijou (Art Colline)
3-47-18 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, Tokyo-to
Details at

Advanced reservation: 3,000 yen (payment in cash at the door)
At the Door: 3,5000 yen
Student: 2,500 yen
Book tickets by email: