Category: General Meeting and Luncheon Programs

June General Meeting – How Can Businesses Operate Responsibly in Myanmar?

Guest Speaker: Vicky Bowman
Date: June 8, 2022 Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
As Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since 2013, and with 15 years of living and working in Myanmar, including as British Ambassador, Vicky Bowman has been a sounding board for companies who are wondering whether to stay or go, and how to do either responsibly, and consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She will share her thoughts on this, and also provide ideas for how people in Japan can support Myanmar in these challenging circumstances.

May General Meeting – Presentation of CWAJ 2022 Scholarship Awardees

Guest Speaker: Ten 2022 Scholars and two past Scholars
Date: May 18, 2022 Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
The CWAJ Scholarship Committee Invites You to Join Us on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, for the Presentation of CWAJ 2022 Scholarship Awardees!
Do not miss this chance to hear from our ten 2022 Scholars who will introduce themselves during our virtual monthly meeting. This is the most exciting organization-wide gathering of the year, and our scholars are an inspiring and impressive group. Additionally, two of our past scholars, Mayumi Imahashi (SA 2015) and Mariia Ermilova (NJG 2019) have agreed to speak to us about their activities since their scholarship years.

April General Meeting – Affinity – a sculptor’s view with Kate Thomson

Date: April 13, 2022 Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
Fee: Volunteer donation Guest fee: Free
Reservations:  by noon April 11 2022
Outside Tokyo’s Otemachi Financial City complex 5 marble play sculptures undulate along the pavement, their natural lustre and elegant curves offering an oasis for relaxed conversation amidst the business high rises. Titled “Keys of Affinity,” the group of sculptures is one of countless installations created by Scottish artist Kate Thomson, which grace the public spaces of prestigious institutions, hotels, residences, corporate buildings and city streets throughout Japan.

March General Meeting – Inflation in Japan – another headfake or dawn of a new era? by Izumi Duvalier

Date: March 9th, 2022 Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
Fee: Volunteer donation Guest fee: Free
Following years of weakness, inflation has been picking up sharply across the developed world. In what ways does the current pick-up in global inflation differ from the past, and is it sustainable? And how should central banks react? Most importantly, will inflation finally reach the shores of Japan. If so, what are the implications for the Japanese markets?

February General Meeting – Culture, Economy and Life on the Phone Screen by Wakayu Sato

On trains, in supermarket queues, even at the family dinner table – we always see young people looking at their smartphones. What are they really doing? Watching TikTok? Playing an online game?

Wakayu Sato, a content marketing and creator economy specialist, will tell us about the new services and programs that have young people hooked.

December General Meeting: It’s Samba Time!

Date: December 1, WednesdayVenue: Foreign Correspondence Club of Japan Marunouchi 3-2-3, Marunouchi Nijuubashi Building 5 http:// Telephone: 03 32113161Time: 10:30 to 12:15Fee: 3,000 yen for members and 4,000 yen for member’s guestsRSVP: Please register via Eventbrite until November 28, Sunday Zoom Meeting: 11:00 to 12:15Fee: Free (Donations are always welcome through Square.) RSVP: Please register via Sign Up Genius until November 28, Sunday For our annual December General Meeting we have invited three professional samba dancers to enthrall us with their colorful costumes and electrifying movements. Please join us for an enjoyable meeting with live dancing and music. Tomoko Mark, Yumiko Harada, and Chisato Mori will present

November General Meeting – View From The Inside by David Atkinson

Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 to 11:45 Door opens at 9:30
Venue: International House of Japan, Annex Hall, Roppongi
Or online via Zoom
Fees: Members must remit 2,500 yen by November 3
Guests must remit 3,500 yen by November 3
Speaker Profile
David Atkinson, CEO of Konishi Decorative Arts and Crafts Co.,
After a successful career in the financial world David Atkinson found himself being asked to advise an old Tokyo-based company which specialises in the restoration of shrines, temples and other important cultural properties.

October General Meeting – Woodblock Prints and Beyond – Artist Talk

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JST
Venue: Over Zoom
Ayomi Yoshida began her work in the area of woodblock prints, and later pursued the many possibilities of this medium. Beyond prints on paper, carved woodblock itself and wood shavings, installations and videos defining three-dimensional space, clothing and retail store design all became vehicles for her artistic expression.

September General Meeting – Nuno – Designers’ Talk between Reiko Sudo and Naomi Pollock

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JSTVenue: Over ZoomTopic: NunoSpeaker: Reiko Sudo and Naomi Pollock Fee: Free! Though you may choose to pay an Optional Attendance Fee. CWAJ is a 100% volunteer, not for profit organization. Our work is fueled by kind contributions. Please consider offering an attendance fee, no matter how small.Sign-up: RSVP by noon Monday, September 13, 2021 Please join us for this highly interesting designers’ talk between Reiko Sudo and Naomi Pollock. Few people have done as much to bring the world’s attention to Japanese creativity and craftsmanship in textiles as Reiko Sudo, Design Director of NUNO Co. Ltd., a textile design company with retail