Becoming a young international professional was perhaps fate (or en, 縁). I’m half Japanese and was born in Tokyo, but primarily grew up in the United States. As a college student, I spent a semester back in Japan, but during this time, I felt there was no place for me, nor potential for a career, in my mother country.
But my love of writing and a desire to empower others led me to give Japan another chance – something for which I’m grateful. Now, two years later, I’ve published, alongside a talented team of Japanese individuals, a conversational English textbook. My company believes in helping Japanese people learn English in ways that empower them to speak and to use English based on their own intuitions. We want to provide the confidence to communicate authentically with others on a global scale.
My passion for traveling has also led me to become one of the leading travel writers for Voyapon where I’ve set out to discover all corners of this beautiful country and to share my experiences with a global audience.
Through both of these opportunities, it has been uplifting to work with Japanese companies that immensely value their female voices. In addition to work, FEW is yet another community where I’ve found inspiring women, coming together from all different backgrounds and passions. It’s in this international community of driven women that I find encouragement to pursue future aspirations and where I can also join in celebration of and support for the incredible work of other women.
Coming back to Japan and my belief in en, I’ve found places where I belong that go beyond the borders that surround us. FEW’s blend of appreciation for Japan and its commitment to fostering international connections is motivating. I feel excited to continue to connect within the community in Japan and around the globe.
September 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 4th September 2017
July Meeting Recap: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern The 2016-17 FEW year ended with our monthly meeting on July 13, where we were joined by guests and members to hear about the endeavors of longtime FEW member, Melanie Uematsu. Melanie was born in Germany and studied fashion design in Berlin and London. Fascinated with Japan, […]Published on 3rd September 2017
June 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Mentorship and Networking
The FEW Women’s Start-up Club wrapped up the year on June 29, with a timely presentation on mentoring and motivation for entrepreneurs by Patricia Bader Johnston. Patricia’s career in Japan has spanned the public sector, including the Canadian Embassy, and the private sector, including positions at Goldman Sachs and Japan Tabaco, corporate decision-making as a […]Published on 1st August 2017
Event Recap: Few & Mirai no Mori Concert For a Cause
What a night! On behalf of all of us at FEW, a great, big thank you for joining us for Concert For a Cause! On a balmy, summer night, FEW members, friends and performers got together at British pub 2nd Half in Takadanobaba for a night of music to raise funds for Mirai No Mori, an NPO providing […]Published on 14th July 2017
How I Got Here: Joanna Sato
I look through the windows of my Japanese home at the cityscape of Tokyo and I see how my life has been a series of navigating varied landscapes. The landscape I inhabit now is very different from the one of my hometown in the south of Poland, where my journey began. I first left home […]Published on 30th June 2017
Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Petit Marché Roppongi
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Le Petit Marché in Roppongi!
Share Your Passion
Do you run your own business or are you thinking of starting one? Join the first FEW Women's Start-Up Club of 2017-2018 to share your projects and passions and connect with other like-minded when who may be able to help you in your entrepreneurial journey.
Make the Connection: Practical Networking Strategies that Work for You
Join us for an interactive workshop with Helen Iwata, Founder of Sasuga! Communications, to learn about the benefits of networking, and gain insights, practical tips and strategies for connecting with confidence, conviction and purpose.
Japan's Path to Multiculturalism
At our October Monthly Meeting, we’re welcoming a panel of speakers to discuss multiculturalism in Japan today, including what steps organizations and individuals are taking to help expose people to multicultural environments and develop a more inclusive society.