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College Women's Association of Japan


Since its inception in 1949, the College Women's Association of Japan (CWAJ) has been a not-for-profit volunteer organization of Japanese and non-Japanese women interested in education, cross-cultural exchange, and friendship. (Click here for more about our History) Offering opportunities for women from all over the world to share unique cultural experiences with their Japanese peers, CWAJ provides a long-term link with Japan as well as the immediate benefits of a wide range of activities in and around Tokyo. The CWAJ membership of 500 women from 30 countries work together in CWAJ's unique Co-Chair system of pairing Japanese and non-Japanese members for each working committee. 

Please click here for CWAJ Mission Statement and Goals.

The Scholarship and Education programs are funded by donations and the internationally-renowned annual CWAJ Print Show, an exhibition and sale of Japanese prints.  Every year scholarships are awarded to women graduates, some from other countries wanting to further their studies in Japan.  Scholars come from every continent.  Recent scholars have come from Kenya, Bangladesh, Mongolia, and China.  One scholarship category is dedicated to non-Japanese women undertaking advanced Japanese language studies at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama.  Another scholarship category is for men and women with visual impairment.  Awards are also given to encourage hanga art. 

CWAJ has built an extensive reputation for its English language services in various sections of the community.  These programs adapt to current needs and resources.  Committed CWAJ members work side-by-side providing these services.  Volunteers assist visually impaired students in English and art appreciation programs.  They provide weekly programs for Japanese returnee children to maintain their English language skills. In addition, language and cultural exchange programs encourage foreign students in Tokyo.  

Cultural Activities   
CWAJ members have access to a wide variety of programs through the Cultural Programs  and the monthly Luncheon Program.

The Special Interest Groups also offer various activities for members where we can develop and nurture friendship.  

For a summary of CWAJ activities and achievements, please take a look at the CWAJ Annual Report 2015-2016.


Requirements for CWAJ membership: (Click here for our membership categories and their descriptions.)

  • Have completed a minimum of two years at an academic institution of higher learning or the equivalent,
  • Fluency in written and spoken English 
  • Residence within commuting distance to Tokyo
  • Active participation in CWAJ volunteer activities

For more information about joining CWAJ, please call the CWAJ Center between 10:00 to 12:00 JST, Monday through Thursday at 81-3-3491-2091 or contact