The vision of the YWCA of Japan is  “A society where women exercise leadership, and where human rights, peace and environment is valued”.

Women from different background work together at the YWCA of Japan as board members and staff. Each woman brings together their unique gifts to enhance women’s leadership, forming principles and agreements through discussions among diverse women.

Board members

Satoko Fujitani/ President
Noriko Kiyozuka/ Vice President
Sayaka Higushi/Vice President
Aki Yoshida/ Board Secretary
Akiyo Aizu
Masako Umezawa
Sayaka Okubo
Shiori Okura
Keiko Gunji
Mari Sasabe
Harumi Niikura
Bee / Miho Cho
Haruna Higuchi
Momo Fukuda
Miho Fujiwara
Reiko Fujiwara


Chie Yamamoto/Executive Trustee
Mikako Nishihara/ Managing Trustee
Akiko Makuya/Managing Trustee
Kazumi Usui
Sumie Ogasawara
Officer in charge of support for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Takishita (Finance officer)



YWCA(Young Women’s Christian Association)is an international NGO where, upon a Christian foundation, women from around the world exceed the barriers of language and cultures and work together to encourage women’s participation in society and to realize a peaceful world where human rights, health and environment is protected. The movement began in Great Britain in 1855, and nowadays, it works in more than 100 countries throughout the world. The YWCA of Japan works with 24 local YWCAs and 37 junior and senior high-school YWCAs, and holds ESOSOC consultative status since 2019.