“I wish I could be a part of such an energizing community!”
I first learned about FEW when they held a special event at my work place, H&R Roppongi, and that was my first impression.
I was born and raised in Saitama, Japan, but I chose to go to university in the United States, hoping to broaden my horizons and to become a globally-minded business person. After my graduation from the university, I started my career at Shimada Group.
At Shimada Group, I worked in sales in the development department for one year and then had the opportunity to work on a project in Hawaii for 3 months. After that, I started with a new shared house business as a project leader and worked in the property management department for four years. I now have 2 children and have been working as a manager in the serviced apartment division of H&R Roppongi since I came back from my first maternity leave.
Recently, I realized that even though I enjoy my work life very much, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with being a manager. When I was struggling with work/life balance after coming back from my second maternity leave, a colleague encouraged me to join the FEW monthly meetings.
Based on my first impressions of FEW, I thought everyone looked so cool that I couldn’t imagine joining the community. I felt like it was beyond my reach. Regardless of my nervousness, I went to the monthly meeting. I’m so glad I did! FEW members were much more friendly and inspiring than I had expected.
Meeting and talking to members who run their own business or who are empowering leaders gave me the confidence to seek my own career even while raising children. Now I feel being an empowered woman is not just what I wish to be, it is what I am certain I can become. All I needed was a little encouragement from others and FEW gave exactly the support I was looking for.
I look forward to more involvement with FEW, staying connected more deeply with inspiring members, and finding myself more motivated.
Q&A with Jackie F. Steele and Megumi Ishimoto
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, and Megumi Ishimoto, Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Join us […]Published on 14th March 2018
March Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other 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 1st March 2018
February Meeting Recap: Survivor – How to Overcome Adversity
You never know where life is going to take you. That was the message from our February guest speaker, Maxine Van-Cliffe Arakawa, who has had a decades-long career as a fashion stylist, make-up artist, and fashion show director in New York and Japan. She shared her personal experiences dealing with bi-polar disorder and gave her candid advice to […]Published on 1st March 2018
March Community Services Feature: Five Tokyo-Based Organizations That Fight For or Empower Women
In honor of March’s International Women’s Day, we’d like to present to our FEW community a list of five organizations that have established themselves as organizations who fight for or empower women as well as a list of five events that you can attend to show your support for this year’s theme of #PressFor Progress. […]Published on 28th February 2018
How I Got Here: Johanna Nousiainen
I first came to Japan as a study abroad exchange student. That year changed my life, even though at first I didn’t know it would. I was supposed to become a journalist in Finland, since that was what I loved to do – looking for information, interviewing people, writing articles about unique encounters you have. […]Published on 28th February 2018
FEW Spring Hanami Picnic & Party
Join FEW on Sunday, April 1, at Shinjuku Gyoen for a special family-friendly spring picnic celebration under the cherry blossom trees and enjoy connecting with friends, old and new!