Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan

by World In You
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
Advance Wellbeing for Mothers in Japan
BFP 2022
BFP 2022

Dear supporters,

Thanks to your generous support, we are able to continue our Board Fellow Program to help women-supporting nonprofits in Japan to build their leadership and organizational capacity and collaborate across different sectors to advance their mission. The program is a six-month action-learning program for business and nonprofit leaders to foster cross-sector collaboration.

This year's Board Fellow Program will focus on empowering women's diverse work styles. Many women face the need to change the way they work as their life stage changes including childrearing and caring for older parents. As the way women work and the state of society changes, many women-supporting nonprofits are in the transition period to revisit their mission and what they do to keep them relevant to societal needs.

World in You team has searched more than 100 organizations and spoken with dozens to identify innovative and promising nonprofits/social enterprises that aim to create the future of women's work. Among these organizations, Arrow Arrow and Polaris will join the Board Fellow Program to discuss their challenges and opportunities with participants from diverse backgrounds.

We are currently looking for 12-15 participants from the business, nonprofit, public, and other sectors to join the program to learn with and collaborate with the organizations. The program will be run in Japanese. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program, and/or know someone who might be, please visit and share the call for application. (The page is in Japanese.) The application due is on July 25th.

Please also consider making contributions to the program so that we could support nonprofit participants with scholarships.


Thank you so much for your continuing support,

Mio and World in You Team


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World in You logo

Dear generous supporters,

We hope you and your loved ones are holding up in this difficult time of the world.

In today's newsletter, we would like to announce important news on our organization's name change to World in You and invite all of you to join our virtual launch event on March 10th at 10 PM (US Eastern time) / March 11th at noon (Japan time).

Visit our English site.



WIT becomes World in You ( as of March 1st, 2022, and renewed its corporate brand.

World in You envisions a world where people from around the globe and all walks of life come together to create a better society. Our mission is to cultivate leaders, organizations, and communities that co-create across boundaries – different sectors and countries, to better society. We design and implement cross-boundary leadership training programs, nonprofit board and governance services, and overseas expansion support for social entrepreneurs. Our signature Board Fellow Program, for example, fosters cross-sector collaboration among business and nonprofit leaders by engaging them with critical discussion on nonprofit management and board governance to solve complex social issues.


Why renew our corporate brand?

We have changed our organization name twice. Our original name was World in Asia, and we became World in Tohoku (WIT) in 2014. However, our founding philosophy has always been the same, even under different names. That is to bring people together from all walks of life to make a better world. So we decided to express our vision straightforward by taking off geographical focus from our name. We also renewed our website to explore and realize the vision with more people from diverse sectors.


About our new logo

Our new logo expresses the dynamics of diverse people coming together across boundaries and co-creating, making the world inside of you richer and more colorful.


Join our launch event!

We will host a virtual launch event to share the new World in You and talk about how corporations and organizations can better communicate in the remotely connected world.

Mio Yamamoto and Yuko Mishiro, Executive Director and producer of World in You, respectively, will welcome Yukinori Sakurai and Miho Kazama, co-chairs of RELEASE; (, with whom we worked together on the complete renewal of our website.

Please visit the event page for the details and RSVP.

When March 10 (US time) / March 11, 2022 (Japan time)

  • Part I: 10 - 10:30 pm (US Eastern time) / Noon - 12:30 pm (JST)

  • Part II: 10:30 - 11:15 pm (US Eastern time) / 12:30 - 1:15 pm (JST)

This is a free event.

How to join: ZOOM (link will be posted on this page when the day gets closer)

Language: Japanese. Japanese <-> English interpretation is available.


My" World in You"

We are excited to share some of the "World in You" s sent by our newsletter readers (see the picture attached to this letter). We are grateful to get a glimpse of what each person cares about. So please share your "World in You" anytime (and as many times as you like).


Message from Mio Yamamoto, Executive Director, World in You

After several years of extensive discussion and deliberation with our team and constituencies, I am thrilled to announce our new name and website that goes back to our founding principles.

The name World in You does not end there; It means that when the world inside of you meets the world in someone or somewhere else, the encounter can enrich each other's worlds and lead to a better society. That's why World in You provides opportunities for people who have never met before to connect across boundaries, build relationships, learn, collaborate, and co-create for a better society.

To tackle complex social issues, we need more and more leadership and organizations that can work across boundaries and catalyze collaboration and co-creation. Not only is it necessary, but it is also fascinating and rewarding to be able to work together to create a better society from anywhere in the world.

If you also wish to make the world around you a better place, even a little, as the world passes through you, please come and meet us. We look forward to crossing paths with you.

With gratitude,

Mio and World in You Team

My "World in You"s
My "World in You"s


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Board Fellow Program online session

Dear generous donors,

Hope all is well with you. Here in Japan and Boston (where WIT Exec Director is based), the colored leaves are dancing beautifully.

Today we are thrilled to announce that Nobel (WIT jointly applied with Nobel) has been selected as one of 34 organizations to receive funds from the Impact Challenge for Women and Girls! As you might know, Nobel is one of the nonprofits participating in the WIT Board Fellow Program this year, which you all have supported! 

Nobel, along with other collaborators, will develop a platform for in-home childcare providers to connect and learn, which then enables parents to achieve a work-parenting balance. WIT will continue to work with Nobel through the initiative from overseas collaboration, fundraising, capacity building, and more.

This collaboration has been made possible thanks to your support. Through the preparation and implementation of the Board Fellow Program, the WIT team has been able to further understand Nobel's goals to make a systemic change to advance wellbeing for mothers and promote work-parenting balance, and explore opportunities to deepen and scale Nobel's impact globally. 

We look forward to updating you on the progress of the project.


One more important thing! 

This November 30, GlobalGiving is giving away one million dollars to nonprofits around the world as part of their #MoveAMillion campaign for #GivingTuesday. Your generosity can help us unlock a greater share of those funds! (*Terms and conditions apply.)

Together, we can contribute to advancing the well-being of mothers! Mark your calendars today!


With gratitude,

Mio and WIT Team


Nobel childcare team
Nobel childcare team


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Kick off virtual session

Dear generous supporters,


We are excited to announce that we officially kicked off the Board Fellow Program to advance maternal wellbeing on July 10th with amazing participants and organizations. Without your support, it would have been difficult to have a diverse group of participants as we do now, including nonprofit leaders and senior managers, corporate leaders in business development, corporate social responsibility, human resources and more, social business entrepreneurs, a lawyer, professors, and a medical doctor. Thank you so much. 

The three participating nonprofits addressing maternal wellbeing in Japan will discuss their organizational challenges and opportunities with other participants and how they can collaborate in order to scale and sustain social impact to enable and empower mothers and their families. 

Rather than simply providing a volunteer opportunity for corporate leaders, the Board Fellow Program will have participants dive into social and governance issues over six months, enabling them to see issues from the perspective of nonprofits. In this way, the program will promote long-term collaborations, such as having corporate employees serve on non-profit boards, a practice that is still rare in Japan.

Please find our press release for the details:

Even though the program has started, we still need contributions to support the program. Please consider sharing about us in your networks and keep supporting us.


We are looking forward to updating you about the project and its impact along the way!

With sincere gratitude,

Mio Yamamoto & WIT Team


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Dear our kind supporters,


Today is the last day of GobalGiving’s International Women’s Week campaign! Don’t delay—Your donation up to $50 will be matched by 50%! 

Thanks to your support, three nonprofits, Kizuna Mail Project, Nobel, and Madre Bonita, will be participating in WIT’s Board Fellow Program launching this summer, which will connect these organizations with private sector leaders in order to cultivate long-term cross-sector collaborations and build their organizational capacity. 

Please read on to learn about one of the participating nonprofits, Madre Bonita! 

Around 14.3% of new mothers experience postpartum depression, while 46.9% of women leave their work after childbirth. In response to these and other issues related to childbirth, Madre Bonita conducts pre/postnatal care classes, including exercise, self-care, and support for new mothers who may feel isolated from society. Madre Bonita also trains instructors who can conduct pre/postnatal care programs and conducts research related to issues of postnatal wellbeing in order to improve their offerings. Through the Board Fellow Program, Madre Bonita hopes to engage in discussion and collaborations with a variety of stakeholders in order to create a society where postnatal care is available for everyone, allowing mothers to realize their full potential.


For more information on the Board Fellow Program and International Women’s Week Campaign, please visit our press release and the GlobalGiving WIT project page.


With gratitude,

Mio, Mako, Kento, and WIT Team


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Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo-to - Japan
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