Thursday, June 16, 2016

"Women Leading Social Changes in Japan." October 18th, 2016

In celebration of JWLI's 10th anniversary this year, we are hosting the Tokyo Summit titled "Women Leading Social Changes in Japan." It will be on October 18th, 2016 (Tuesday) at the Tokyo American Club in Tokyo.

The summit will: 
  • Highlight successful cases of social change in Japan achieved by women leaders
  • Learn from U.S. experience including fundraising - What’s different and similar? What can Japan learn?
  • Showcase role models of women social sector leaders/social entrepreneurs in Japan, specifically in Tohoku, and JWLI alumnae
  • Explore obstacles for Japanese women leaders and how to overcome them, and what to learn from the U.S
Save the date on your calendar and check out our brand new summit website ( as well as the JWLI website ( for updates.

JWLI is thankful for the generous funding from the U.S.-Japan Foundation and the implementation partnership with the Japan Association of Charitable organizations. 
Our Speakers

Mari Kuraishi
Keynote Speaker
Founder and President, GlobalGiving

Irene Inouye
Morning Panel Speaker
President, U.S.-Japan Council

Yuka Matsushima
Morning Panel Speaker
Founder, Cross-Field
JWLI Fellow

Emily Reichert
Morning Panel Speaker
Chief Executive Director, Greentown Labs

Minami Tsubouchi
Morning Panel Speaker
Executive Director, Beyond TOMORROW


The Japanese Women Leadership Initiative empowers Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change and innovation in Japan. Founded in 2006 in Boston, JWLI brings emerging entrepreneurial women leaders, the Fellows, from Japan to Boston for four weeks of hands-on experience and training with successful nonprofit organizations on nonprofit management and leadership development. During the stay in Boston, the Fellows develop an Action Plan, a step-by-step roadmap of turning their vision of social change into reality. After returning to Japan, the Fellows are expected to make a difference in the communities based on their Action Plans and to share the knowledge and experience from Boston with other women and leaders. JWLI is administered by the Fish Family Foundation and Simmons College School of Management’s Center for Gender in Organizations, and operated in partnership with Boston-based nonprofit organizations.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE donations and info sites #1


Help those in Ecuador

Kumamoto EQ - info post #2


【Yahoo! Fund】Emergency Fund for the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes
Yahoo! JAPAN will make a donation equal to the amount you donate
(Upper limit for Yahoo! JAPAN’s donation matching your donation is 20 million yen)
Now accepting emergency funds

ANA- donate miles 

JAL charity mile campaign 日本航空JAL JALマイレージバンク - JALチャリティ・マイル

Kumamoto SWC/ DVC volunteer info 災害ボランティア情報(熊本県社会福祉協議会)

Emergency campaign for Earthquake victims in Kumamoto

Japan rescue association 

遠野まごころネット【平成28年熊本地震】遠野まごころネットの対応につきまして(続報 4/16) | 遠野まごころネット

TOYOTA 通れた道マップ
Yahoo! 避難所マップ>熊本

Monday, April 18, 2016

Kumamoto EQ needs / support info #1

Japan Platform has started a fund to support NGOs working in Kumamoto

RSY asking for goods donations

Second Harvest Japan

Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer  Center



Sites for Giving


◎平成28年熊本地震 災害義援金(赤い羽根募金)




◎Give One(熊本地震での被災者支援)



Disaster volunteer center info
全社協 被災地支援・災害ボランティア情報

volunteer platform


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Senpai Zenkai:
Doing the Ginza Aster!

Over twenty-five Deep Japan senpai gathered at Tokyo's Ginza Aster last Monday to enjoy an evening of sampling several amazing Chinese dishes while learning about the history of not only the restaurant but also Ginza (did you know there was once also a "Kinza"?). In addition to the handful of regular participants, we also welcomed a record number of first timers. Thanks to everyone who showed up and made the night special - and our best Senpai Zenkai to date. You can read Ruth's post and senpai comments here.

A special thanks to Ginza Aster for making the night possible. All of us appreciate your exquisite food and warm hospitality!
April's Senpai Zenkai
Stay tuned for details regarding this month's meeting. We'll have more information for you in upcoming newsletters, or you can keep up-to-date on all Deep Japan news and events at our Facebook Page.
Sakura are in bloom!

Be sure to check out our new special Great Tips for Cherry Tree Sakura Hanami Viewing from Deep Japan section located in the rotating banner at the top of the page!

Senpai sarajean is producing a play as part of an international women's month campaign to raise awareness about gender and human rights. "SEVEN" tells the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe.

Please join her in this celebration of hope in the face of adversity.
The documentary play takes place at the Sangubashi Trance Mission in Yoyogi, April 14-17 2016.

Click here for details.
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Articles Worth Checking Out
We had over a dozen new articles added since last week's newsletter! Way to go, senpai! Here are a few from the bunch for ideas and inspiration. Your posts are what make DeepJapan great, so please keep writing and sharing your experience with the world!
Exquisite French Dining in Yokohama by Lee Reeve
Recharge in Luxury at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo by Petra

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