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May General Meeting: 2023 Annual CWAJ Scholarship Awards – Guest Lecture “How CWAJ Scholarship Changed My Life” by Kanoko Oishi

Date: May 17, Wednesday

<General Meeting and Luncheon>
Time: 11:30 -14:00 am, Doors open at 11:00 am
Venue:   FCCJ (Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan) , Fifth floor of Marunouchi Nijubashi Building, Marunouchi 3-2-3 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Fee: Members 7,000 yen / Guests 8,000 yen RSVP: By May 8th

<Online Streaming>
Time: 11:30 -12:40 am, A Zoom link will be shared with attendees in the registration confirmation email and also in a reminder email on the day prior to the event.
Fee: FREE. However, donations towards our scholarship and education funds are always welcome! RSVP: By May 15th

Message from Miyuki Fukuma, Director of Scholarship

The CWAJ Scholarship Committee invites you on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, for a celebration and presentation of CWAJ 2023 Scholarship Awardees.

Guest Lecture “How CWAJ Scholarship Changed my Life”

Kanoko Oishi’s career started at a large Japanese financial institution. This was before the Equal Employment Law. Being frustrated from not being treated equally with her male colleagues, she decided to go to Harvard Business School. It was very fortunate that CWAJ provided her with a scholarship, or else she would not have been able to finance her studies. Kanoko’s career dramatically changed after HBS as she joined McKinsey and made partner in five years. She had spent ten years at McKinsey when she gave birth to her son. This was another big change. It made her think about how to make the society better for the next generation. Through her first real contact with the medical field, she learned that Japanese hospitals lack management, and neither the patient nor the staff is happy.
In year 2000, Kanoko left McKinsey and founded Mediva and Platanus Medical Corp. Through their clinics they pilot innovative and patient-friendly solutions and prove that innovation is possible even in this very traditional field. Since then, they have realized many innovations in Japan and globally.
Kanoko’s journey started by receiving the CWAJ Scholarship and her journey will continue to solve the issues in the medical and care field.

Kanoko Oishi Profile

Originally from Osaka.
Osaka University LLB, Valedictorian. Harvard Business School MBA Class of 1988.
CEO and Founder, Mediva Inc., a healthcare dedicated consulting and operation firm.
CEO and Founder, C’s One Inc., a hospital turnaround service provider.

Managing Director, Platanus Medical Corp., operating 12 primary care/home healthcare/ health check clinics in Japan and Vietnam.
Member of Japan Deregulation Committee and various government committees.
Outside board member of Ezaki Glico, Santen Pharma, Shiseido, etc.
Ex-Partner of McKinsey & Company; co-led the Asia Pacific Healthcare Practice.

Received CWAJ Study Abroad Scholarship in 1986.
Mother of one son and owner of one dog.

Luncheon Menu

Appetizers: Two types of early summer asparagus and eel quiche with salad
Main course: Confit of young chicken
Dessert: French fig bavaroise with red cactus sauce
Coffee or Tea

Appetizers: Early summer duet of two types of asparagus with salad
Main course: American aubergine and tofu steak with soy meat tomato sauce
Dessert: Blood orange sherbet and two types of grapefruit
Coffee or Tea


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