How I Got Here: Nicola Vote

nicola1I first came to Japan over 20 years ago as a one year exchange student to ICU (International Christian University), courtesy of the University of London, my home university. Several of my friends were taking a year off to travel in Europe or USA. I wanted to go somewhere a little more challenging, and Japan seemed to fit the bill. I had planned to return to the UK to start my career in the pharmaceutical field, as I was a trained biochemist. But Japan had cast a spell on me and within two years I found myself back in Japan again as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) on the JET program.

I have been a FEW member several times throughout my years in Japan. The Career Strategies Seminar first attracted me back when I was still figuring out what to do after JET. Once my career trajectory took off, FEW become my go-to place for developing my personal network. Most recently, FEW is now where I turn to give back to the community that has given so much to me. With over 20 years experience of working in corporate and governmental organizations in Japan under my belt, I hope to funnel this experience into my new role on the FEW Board, helping to further develop FEW as the central place to go for personal and professional development in Japan.

I love traveling in Japan, particularly visiting the numerous islands from Rishiri right down to Ishigaki. The remote islands of Chichibu and Hamajima, accessible only by a 24 hour ferry ride, are on the bucket list – hopefully next summer. I have now spent more time in Japan than any of the other countries I have lived in, and have no plans to leave. Just as well – there are still many islands left to visit.


Q&A with Multiculturalism Experts Anjeli Narandran and Louise George Kittaka

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Multiculturalism through Japan’s Eyes,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with two of our speakers, Anjeli Narandran, International Coordinator at Peace Boat, and Louise George Kittaka, a newspaper columnist, university lecturer and cross-cultural trainer featured in The Japan Times and Savvy Tokyo. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal […]

Published on 9th October 2017

September 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Share your Passion and Maintain it through Masterminding

26 attendees defied the rain to join The FEW Women’s Start-up Club‘s kick-off meeting of the 2017-2018 year on September 26, 2017. WSC’s goal is to provide resources, support and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs and those who want to become entrepreneurs. We invite everyone to play an active role as WSC is a “business […]

Published on 3rd October 2017

October Strategic Partner News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services […]

Published on 3rd October 2017

October Community Services Feature: Tokyo Run for the Cure

By Tia Haygood, Community Services Director  The Run for the Cure Foundation is a Tokyo based non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer in Japan as a life-threatening disease through education, timely screening, and treatment. For over a decade, organizers at Run for the Cure have provided community outreach programs and education initiatives to increase […]

Published on 3rd October 2017