The Women's Group enhances the lives of Members and their families through a range of programs, events, tours and fund-raising activities.
Founded in 1949, the Women's Group is a support network and conduit for its members to forge friendships, deepen their appreciation of Japan, pick up a hobby and put their professional skills to good use as volunteers.
For an annual fee of ¥7,000, Women's Group members enjoy discounts on monthly programs, classes, tours and childcare while attending Women's Group-sponsored Club events.
Contact the Women's Group Office to learn more or visit the group's Facebook page for a taste of Women's Group life.
The Women's Group board oversees the activities of the organization and is elected each year.
Director of Finance
Director of Charities
Director of Communications
Director of Community Events
Director of Monthly Programs
Directors of Programs for Tours/Tours Co-Chairs
Directors of Programs for Enrichment Programs/Enrichment Programs Co-Chairs
Director of Programs for Tokyo: Here & Now/Tokyo: Here & Now Chair
Director of Programs for Fundraising/Carpet Auction Chair
Director of Programs for Fundraising/International Bazaar & Asian Home Furnishing Sale Co-Chairs
Director of Membership
Director at Large
There are a plethora of regular events to help members meet, mingle and learn.
Engaging speakers host informative and fun luncheons or events once a month from September through May.
Typically held on the final Monday of the month, this relaxed gathering allows Tokyo newcomers and old hands to meet and bond.
Tokyo: Here & Now
A two-day orientation program held in March and October each year, Tokyo: Here & Now is a series of seminars on everything from healthcare and education in Japan to culture and grocery shopping. The perfect primer for new arrivals to Japan.
Through its various annual sales and fundraising efforts, the Women's Group raises millions of yen for local charities each year.
The annual International Bazaar and Asian Home and Furnishings Sale bring together dozens of vendors and specialists for shopping extravaganzas. A portion of sales benefits local charities.
Carpet dealer Eastern Carpets of Singapore hosts an evening of carpet appreciation and bidding. Proceeds go to support the CWAJ-Women's Group non-Japanese graduate scholarship program.
During the Salvation Army Charity Drive and Sanyukai Charity Drive, the Women's Group collects used clothes and other items for donation to two worthy local charities.
The Women’s Group supports a number of Japan-based charities that often do not have significant fundraising resources or government support. Occasionally, funds are used for international disaster relief efforts.
Donations totaled around ¥11.7 million in FY2016. The donation recipients and funds received are listed below:
A Dream A Day in Tokyo
Provides support for children with incurable diseases and their families: ¥1 million
Asian Rural Institute
Facilitates the self-development of rural people from the developing world: ¥2 million
College Women's Association of Japan
Supports higher education and nurtures future leaders: ¥2 million
Provides temporary housing for families of children with cancer and other serious illnesses: ¥1 million
HELP Women’s Shelter
Provides refuge, counseling and legal services to victims of exploitation and abuse: ¥1.5 million
Japan Association for UNHCR
Provides essentials like shelter, water, health and education to refugees and asylum-seekers: ¥200,000
Provides various medical, food, clothing, hospice and other services to the homeless in Tokyo: ¥2 million
Second Harvest Japan
Japan's largest food bank that works to improve food security: ¥2 million
The Women's Group organizes an annual calendar of fun and educational tours, from day trips to local cultural spots to multiday excursions further afield.
Pick up a hobby or hone a skill while making friends through the Women's Group's impressive array of enrichment programs.
Experienced instructors offer classes in a variety of areas, from art and flower arrangement to culture and cooking. There are two semesters a year.
- Bowling and Margarita Evening Bowling and Margarita Evening
- Calligraphy class Calligraphy class
- Cocktail Connections Cocktail Connections
- Flower arrangement class Flower arrangement class
- International tour to Seoul International tour to Seoul
- Japanese classical dance performance Japanese classical dance performance
- Chiba tour Chiba tour
- Kanazawa overnight tour Kanazawa overnight tour
- Cooking class Cooking class
- Women's Group Board (2016–17) Women's Group Board (2016–17)