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Advocating for an Inclusive Society

  • CIC Cambridge, 5th Floor, "Havana" 1 Broadway Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Advocating for an Inclusive Society: 
Presentations by Japan's Next Generation of Leaders

How can a society become more inclusive of low-income women, survivors of trauma, and people with disabilities? Fellows of the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative and participants in the TOMODACHI Disability Leadership Training Program will give us first-hand insight into some of the social issues Japan faces today, the lessons they've learned during their time in Boston, and the ways in which these advocates plan to take action when they return to Japan.


About the TOMODACHI Disability Leadership Training Program

The TOMODACHI Disability Leadership Training Program in America is an intensive four-month program to train the next generation of young Japanese people with disabilities to become stronger and more confident leaders. Trainees not only enhance their leadership and advocacy skills, but also gain knowledge and expertise related to disability and inclusion by interning with community-based organizations or government agencies. Trainees will share their learning experiences and how they plan to use their new knowledge and experiences to positively impact communities in Japan. The program is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and the TOMODACHI Initiative, and is implemented by the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston.

• Tomoshige Kabetani | Training Site: Northeast Passage, University of New Hampshire. 
Engaging in adaptive sports to promote inclusion in community.

• Kana Takahashi | Training Site: Early Intervention Department, Boston Children’s Hospital. 
Learning about inclusive education in the U.S. with a particular focus on early education

• Keiji Oka | Training Site: Asian American Studies Program, University of Massachusetts Boston. 
Creating a short film about a support group serving families with children with special needs


About the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI)

JWLI is a two-year executive leadership program that empowers Japanese women to make positive social change in Japan, with a month-long hands-on training in Boston. The JWLI Fellows will be sharing the action plans that they will implement when they return to Japan. This year’s Fellows are focusing on the following areas: financial literacy to women in need, mental health services to trauma survivors, equal access to education for youth with physical and learning disabilities, and policy making to criminalize pornography in youth.

• Mayumi Ando | Personal Life Coach
Focusing on providing financial literacy to women in need

• Kerry Hoshino | Founder, Healing through Giving Foundation
Providing mental health services to trauma survivors

• Noriko Kadonome | Coordinator/Program Manager, Hybrid Kids Academy
Striving for equal access to education for youth with physical and learning disabilities

• Shihoko Fujiwara | Founder, Lighthouse
Aiming for policy making to criminalize child pornography


Venue Information

CIC (One Broadway Location)
The nearest T-stop is Kendall Square station on the red line. Parking is available in several public parking garages near Kendall Square (e.g. Standard Parking, Kendall Square Parking, Cambridge Center East Garage, Cambridgeside Galleria mall garages) as well as metered street parking. Cars can stop on 3rd Street or Broad Canal Way to load and unload passengers.