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Ashoka Japan

Since opening its doors in 2011, Ashoka Japan and its founder Nana Watanabe have been investing in the endless possibilities of six Changemakers and the younger generation, gradually transforming Japanese society.

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STORY OF CHANGEMAKING

Ashoka’s solution to bring innovation to Japanese society.

imageI came to know of Ashoka around 2000. Finding solutions to social problems in Japan was always for the short term, and never got to the root cause of the problem. But Ashoka changes the system itself – it is much more effective. I wanted more people in Japan to know about Ashoka as we were facing many social issues at the time.

I first contacted Ashoka’s headquarters in Washington D.C. but it really didn’t get me anywhere. I realized I had to provide Ashoka with solid data on social issues in Japan, such as apathy among the youth and social withdrawal. They were quite surprised to know how Japanese society changed from its heyday in the 80’s. After continuing our talks with one another, Ashoka Japan opened its doors in 2011.

The six fellows and the Changemakers of the future.

imageSince its establishment in 2011, the impact to society from Ashoka Japan is still minimal. With the six fellows as their leaders, the seed of change is starting to sprout.

Our Ashoka Youth Venture Initiative has proven to be successful, empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. The initiative is an incubation lab for youths aged 12 to 20. They are aware of the contradictions within the society in which they live, and are driven to find solutions. We give them freedom to bring out their empathy, the perspective of self -reflection, the courage to take risks, and resilience in the face of failure.

In Japan, from our launch in 2012 through May of 2016, 69 teams have been formed, with three to five members per team, on track to reach 100 teams in 2017. Some of our alumni have translated their projects into startups after graduating from college. By nurturing young Changemakers, the groundwork is being paved for social transformation.

Our message: Ordinary people CAN change society.

imageTo maximize the growth of the seeds of change, structural change within corporations is crucial. We have started collaborating with Boehringer Ingelheim, the 4th largest pharmaceutical company in Germany. Starting in July, we will launch a corporate outreach program, educating the private sector about making change, arranging meetings between corporate sponsors and the Changemakers.

Education is also a crucial element. We do not see results right away. Most people, and Japanese society itself, believe that ordinary people cannot change society. At the Changemaker School, we help elementary, middle and high school students gain skills such as empathy and the ability to change and adapt. In four years, Ashoka has certified over 100 schools in 28 countries around the world. We are very eager to do the same in Japan.

Being small and humble is a virtue in Japan. But I want the students to go out into the world and step outside of Japan from the start. You have to start by thinking you can be the change the world needs - the way to make a big impact in society.

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PROFILE

Portrait of Ashoka Japan

Ashoka Japan

Opened as Ashoka's first East Asia Office in 2011 by founder/chairperson Nana Watanabe. Since then, six amazing Changemakers have been elected as Ashoka Fellows. The fellows receive support from the Ashoka community to magnify the impact of their activities. Ashoka also identifies and cultivates young Changemakers via the Youth Venture Initiative. The idea of "Everyone a Changemaker" is the motivation behind every Ashoka activity.

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2019.08.24
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Forbes Acknowledged Ashoka As One of the Top Innovative and Impactful Social Enterprises Forbes listed Ashoka among the top 5 most innovative and impactful social enterprises highlighting them as examples of what can be learned from each to apply to one’s own business. Regarding Ashoka, the Founder and CEO Bill Drayton is considered the godfather of social entrepreneurs by bringing the term into the mainstream. Since 1981 the organization has grown to 3,500 fellows from 92 countries aligned in an effort to make a positive impact in the world. One of the notable traits of the organization highlighted on the list is their youth focus where they strive to work with and influence younger generations and put them in charge of different initiatives.   For more information about Ashoka Japan’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/30twh6R #ashokajapan #ANABLUEWING
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2019.08.23
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Creating a Model for Transportation Medical Care: Takashi Kawazoe Takashi Kawazoe, who was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2013, appeared as a guest speaker at the Ashoka Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch event held by Ashoka Japan on July 20. The grandson of an A-bomb survivor in Nagasaki, Kawazoe was concerned about health from an early age, and took an interest in medical care management due to factors including his experience of volunteer work at homes for the elderly. Kawazoe founded Carepro, Inc. (http://carepro.co.jp/), developed a system of self-check medical stations, built a scheme for spreading the idea of preventive medicine in Japanese society, and led a policy change in the field. At present, he is constructing a platform for matching of those who don’t have access to transportation and medical and nursing care employees and businesses. He spoke with enthusiasm about his desire to create a model for "transportation medical care" through this service. While it is unfamiliar at present, the term "kotsu iryo" (transportation medical care") may sound familiar soon.   For more information about Ashoka Japan’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/31rSeTE #ashokajapan #ANABLUEWING
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2019.08.22
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From Recovery to a Connection with the Tohoku Region: Nami Harada Nami Harada says she received power from the people of the Tohoku region when she visited the area to do volunteer work in her first year of high school in 2012. She launched Kikkake Syokudo after entering college, out of a desire to find some way to provide support for the region from Kyoto where she lived. To prevent the 3/11 disaster from fading from memory, she started Kikkake Syokudo (https://kikkake-syokudo.org/), where people can enjoy cuisine and alcohol from the Tohoku region on 11th every month. The Reconstruction Agency is going to be abolished in 2021, and she was apprehensive about the plight of the farmers and fishermen after the end of aid from the government. At the Ashoka Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch event held by Ashoka Japan, she presented her aspiration to bring her efforts into a new phase by registering Kikkake Syokudo as an NPO, with the help of their supporters as well as farmers and fishermen of the Tohoku Region Rather than focusing on the “recovery” from the disaster, Harada would like to propose many different ways that people in cities can get connected to the Tohoku region.   For more information about Ashoka Japan’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2KKH4mn #ashokajapan #ANABLUEWING
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2019.08.18
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Positive sports coaching with “Double Goal”: Tadahiro Kobayashi At the Ashoka Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch event held by Ashoka Japan, Tadahiro Kobayashi, representing a nonprofit Sports Coaching Initiative (https://www.sports-coach.jp/), made a presentation on how to improve sports coaching culture in Japan. Developed on sports psychology by Ashoka Fellow Jim Thompson (selected in 2004, in the United States), Double-Goal Coaching is a new style of coaching for attainment of both victory and personal growth, without falling into the "winning is everything" mentality. This methodology has been adopted by more than 8.6 million sports coaches in the United States. Kobayashi wants to have it take root in Japan, and asked the participants for their assistance, not only in the form of funding but also through providing knowledge and referring to key people. His pitch resonated with all of the attendees and greatly enlivened the whole venue.   For more information about Ashoka Japan’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/33lKDHY #ashokajapan #ANABLUEWING
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2019.08.18
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Holding of the Ashoka Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch Event On July 20, Ashoka Japan held the Ashoka Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch event for the first time. At this event, four Youth Venturers (Daichi Yano, Shu Kudo, Tadahiro Kobayashi, and Nami Harada) pitched their own projects. Among 100 Youth Venturers, 13 applied and went through the subsequent screening by a panel of Ashoka Fellows and venture capitalist, and the four passed to be finalists. The selection criterion was whether the project would truly create social impact in the future. The audience listened to the pitches by the four finalists, and then decide how much and to which one(s) to donate. To raise funds, the four earnestly presented their own awareness of issues, determination to take action, project plans, what they would use the funds for, and project strategy. The attendees made some keen observations and asked them some pointed questions. The program unfolded in lively atmosphere of positive feedback which lasted three hours. Such programs held by Ashoka Japan will keep inspiring and encouraging the resolution of social issues in the future.   For more information about Ashoka Japan’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2Yzknvc #ashokajapan #ANABLUEWING
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2019.08.10
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Empowering Kids Through Involvement Ashoka Fellow Ximena Abogabir, a mother to three Changemaker children, was interviewed by Ashoka and shared some of her philosophy for parenting: "I always involved them in my work and my main message was that work is fun and you can do amazing things. I never said 'thank God it is Friday' because first studying and then work is how I found my best friends and had my best moments. When I brought work home, I always asked them to work together with me. Even when we went on vacation, we would bring paper and pencils and make posters to invite the kids to activities we would organize for the local community. The money we raised we used to build a school."   For more information about Ashoka Japan’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/31nGEsQ #ashokajapan #ANABLUEWING

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