Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku

March is an important month in both Japan and around the world, with March 8th marking International Women’s Day and March 11 commemorating the 7th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown. In the years since 3.11, we have seen increased attention and appreciation around the world of the vital role […]

Published on 15th February 2018

Survivor: How to Overcome Adversity

Maxine Van-Cliffe Arakawa has had a long and varied career in Japan as a creative director, event producer, TV journalist, and ‘Fairy Godmother’, amongst many other things. She worked in New York in her 20s as a make-up artist, collaborated with Diana Vreeland and Irving Penn, and then met her Japanese husband. In the last […]

Published on 18th January 2018

Reinvigoration & Reinvention: Color Your Life

As we start the New Year, it’s the perfect time to consider what your clothes say about you. It’s more than just choosing things that suit you, but about presenting a positive and empowering image, and giving yourself confidence to reach your full potential — and, as you know, FEW’s here to help you do […]

Published on 15th December 2017

Disruptive Innovation: Shifts in Technology

Join us for our November Monthly Meeting, where Emi Takemura, Co-founder and Advisor, Peatix, Inc. and Co-founder, FutureEdu Tokyo, will walk us through disruptive innovation– the what and why behind the rapid change we have seen in internet technology and the emergence of new business models taking advantage of these changes. She will address both the changes […]

Published on 16th October 2017

Multiculturalism through Japan’s Eyes

Japan is different. Certainly, if you’ve been here a while you might have heard someone say this. But how long can Japanese society remain apart, especially in an increasingly globalized world? What steps does Japan need to take to develop an inclusive society that will empower personal and professional growth? At our October monthly meeting, we will […]

Published on 21st September 2017

Women in Japan: Past, Now and Future

Join the FEW community on September 14th to kick off the 2017-18 FEW year with our speaker, Kaori Sasaki. Back in 1989, when Ms. Sasaki set up a professional female network in Japan, and created an annual international conference here for working women, there was nothing of that kind. But she understood the need to give […]

Published on 27th July 2017

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

We are the masters of our fate and our soul: we decide who we are, what we eat, how we want to live, what music we listen to, who our friends are, and when and how we work. We ask ourselves many questions before making big investments, subscribing to services, or choosing the best education […]

Published on 15th June 2017

A Personal Journey: Japan’s War Brides

Many decades before the Abe government started pushing the term ‘soft power,’ Japanese women were in effect grassroots ambassadors for their country– by marrying American soldiers and moving to the U.S. These so-called war brides quietly represented Japanese culture there, on their own terms. The story of these war brides has for many years remained […]

Published on 17th May 2017

Inspiration and Creativity

We all have a creative side. Some of us use creativity to its fullest and make it a focus of our lives. Others enjoy being creative, but use our creativity only once in a while – to relax, to find balance or to get inspiration. For those of us who are drawn to become more […]

Published on 20th April 2017

Unveiling Japan: New Themes in Travel & Tourism

Japan is currently on a huge drive to increase tourist arrivals to 40 million people by the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, up from 25 million in 2016. But its efforts are hampered by a lack of understanding of how to promote itself and create the right circumstances to increase inbound tourism. Meet two […]

Published on 18th March 2017

The Many Shades of Harassment

When we think of violence we can easily bring to mind an image. We know it when we see it, regardless of our home culture. But harassment and abuse are not limited to physical violence. Increasingly, awareness is being raised about sexual harassment and psychological abuse. But what does harassment include? Where do we draw […]

Published on 15th February 2017

Lean In: Japanese Women

What does it take to get Japanese women to ‘Lean In’ and take a more active role in the workplace? How can Japan start to change attitudes so that the approximately 80% of female students surveyed at some major Japanese universities no longer say they expect to become housewives after graduation? For Rena Suzuki, co-founder […]

Published on 17th January 2017

Real Health Talk for Real Women

Let’s be honest: we know what healthy food is, and what we are supposed to eat to cultivate a happy and healthy body and mind. But here’s the reality: because we are real women, we get tired, we want to enjoy ourselves, and let’s face it, diets are not made for real women anyway. They […]

Published on 9th December 2016

From Buffy to the Bloodsucking 2016 Election: The Path to Female Empowerment

Fran Rubel Kuzui is a New York native and film director with four decades of experience working in both the Japanese and American entertainment industry. She directed Tokyo Pop, and the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, eventually becoming executive producer of the hit TV show of the same name, which paved the way for strong […]

Published on 22nd October 2016

Kimono & Modernity

The kimono is an indelible symbol of Japan, and is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture. However, it’s more than just a pretty dress: The designs and methods of wearing kimono have a deep resonance for society as a whole. Please join Dr. Sheila Cliffe, a professor at Jumonji Gakuen Joshi Daigaku and kimono specialist, as […]

Published on 16th September 2016
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