College Women's Association of Japan
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– since 1949 –

The College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization made up of Japanese and non-Japanese women with common interests and goals.
Since its inception in 1949,  women have worked together to further the primary mission of CWAJ, the provision of scholarships. Members, who come from 25 nations, are paired in a unique Co-Chair system that partners Japanese and non-Japanese women to head each working committee. This system allows for friendships to form as women experience fun and satisfaction working toward a common goal. 

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Mission Statement

A dynamic, progressive organization, the College Women’s Association of Japan promotes education and fosters multicultural friendships. Through meaningful volunteer activities, we empower and inspire each other to create a sustainable and positive impact on our communities.


To provide our Members with:

  • Rewarding volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • Teamwork between Japanese and non-Japanese partners Stimulating educational programs
  • Enjoyable intercultural activities

To serve our community by:

  • Awarding Scholarships to women and to the visually impaired
  • Presenting the annual CWAJ Print Show of high quality contemporary Japanese print art (hanga)
  • Providing educational and cross-cultural programs for the community

CWAJ’s primary mission is the provision of Scholarships for women wanting to further their studies both in Japan and overseas. Other scholarships are open to both men and women: those for visually impaired students and for Fukushima nursing students. These scholarships are funded by donations and by the proceeds from the CWAJ Print Show, an annual exhibition and sale of Japanese contemporary prints which was organized for the first time in 1956. Over the past five decades, more than 800 women from 35 countries have received CWAJ funds to study outside their home countries.

CWAJ promotes Education but it is much more than a scholarship-granting organization. CWAJ has built an extensive reputation for its English language services in various sections of the community. Volunteers assist visually impaired students in English and art appreciation programs. Monthly visits are made to a children’s home to provide “fun-in-English” sessions.. In addition, language and cultural exchange programs encourage foreign students in Tokyo.

Cultural Activities

CWAJ members have access to a wide variety of programs through the Cultural Programs and the monthly General Meetings.  The Special Interest Groups also offer various activities for members where we can develop and nurture friendship.


CWAJ Center

2-24-13-601 Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021