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Social Taboos into Triumphs

Social Taboos into Triumphs

October 13, 2021

Episode 98: Lia Camargo, Global Business Manager for Fermata Inc., joins the podcast to talk about the company's three-day Femtech conference in Tokyo which centers on women's health and wellness.

This women’s health innovation conference, titled Femtech Fes! 2021, is the first in Asia at this scale with a specific focus on emerging companies, showcasing the latest developments in direct-to-consumer products and medical devices that aim to improve the health conditions of women in various stages of their lives.

Tokyo Speak's guest host for this episode is Ingrid Saito Maciel. Ingrid is an educator at Ashinaga Foundation, youth ambassador at the Health and Global Policy Institute, and an activist for Internal Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP).

 

This episode is sponsored by Code Chrysalis - change your life and learn how to code!

 

Learn more about Fermata Inc.  For more information on the upcoming Femtech Fes! (October 22-24) click here

 

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WomEnpowered International

WomEnpowered International

April 15, 2021

Episode 97: In this episode, we feature Yuuki Nakao and Mahi Patki of WomEnpowered International (WE Int.). Yuuki, Co-founder of WE Int., and member Mahi, talk to us about the following:

  • The mission and vision of WE Int.
  • Their affiliation with University of Tokyo
  • Awareness of gender disparity in Japan
  • The group's bottom-up management style
  • We Int.'s six-part event series on menstruation (virtual)

This episode is sponsored by Code Chrysalis - change your life and learn how to code!

 

Learn more at https://www.womenpoweredint.org/

 

Guest host: Seralyn Campbell

 

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Learn Success Skills at Code Chrysalis

Learn Success Skills at Code Chrysalis

April 7, 2021
Episode 96: Kani Munidasa is CEO & Co-Founder of Code Chrysalis. Along with CTO & Co-Founder, Yan Fan, the pair founded this startup with a mission to not only change the way Japan trains software engineers, but to help people acquire the necessary soft skills (or what they call “success skills”) to be leaders in their respective careers. We discuss the following:
  • The need for more software engineers in Japan
  • Challenges of founding a startup in Japan
  • Code Chrysalis courses and admission process
  • What kind of people attend Code Chrysalis
  • Coding bootcamps vs self-studying
  • The Butterfly Fund Scholarship
  • Part-time Immersive Bootcamp 

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From Sri Lanka with Self-Love

From Sri Lanka with Self-Love

January 28, 2021

Episode 95: Yuna Maekawa is founder and CEO of kelluna. which is a fitness apparel made in Sri Lanka for Japanese women. Yuna shares the brand's story and how it bridges two cultures with a foundation of self-love. We discuss the following:

  • The women of Sri Lanka who inspired her to launch a fitness apparel  
  • Beauty standards in Japan and the power of self-love
  • Her personal struggles with her body and weight
  • Adapting to Sri Lankan culture
  • The future of kelluna.

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Empowering Men and Women in Japan

Empowering Men and Women in Japan

January 13, 2021

Episode 94: Dr. Jackie F. Steele (PhD) is a trilingual political scientist, author, and CEO & founder of consulting firm Enjoi D&I Consulting. In her practitioner-consultant role, she supports seniors leaders in Japan with high level D&I (Diversity and Innovation) business strategies on diverse talent mobilization and cutting edge corporate policy designs that drive innovation, competitive edge and inclusive corporate cultures. In this episode, we discuss the following:

  • Enjoi D&I Consulting's mission and services
  • Growing up with supportive parents
  • Her introduction to Japanese culture
  • Experiences in academia and public policy
  • Working with local government in Nagano, Japan
  • Empowering men and women in Japan

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Health Coaching & SOGO Fitness with Menya

Health Coaching & SOGO Fitness with Menya

December 15, 2020

Episode 93: Menya Hinga is Founder & CEO of MH Health Coaching and Co-Founder of SOGO Fitness and Co-Fit Movement. After 18 months of working as an English teaching assistant in Nagoya, Japan, Menya moved to Tokyo and transitioned to a career in fitness. 

In this episode, we chat about Menya co-founding one of the biggest fitness communities in Tokyo, and his passion to help people from all over the world learn the skills and develop the habits necessary to achieve their fitness goals and create sustainable health.

This is the last episode of this year - more to come in 2021! 

 

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menyahinga.com

SOGO Fitness

 

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Women’s Health in Japan: fermata, Inc.

Women’s Health in Japan: fermata, Inc.

December 2, 2020

Episode 92: Amina Sugimoto is co-founder and CEO of fermata, Inc. Amina leads a community and start-up support ecosystem aimed to accelerate the access to knowledge and technologies developed for diversifying and liberating women's wellness. In this episode, we delve into the following topics:

  • fermata's vision/mission
  • Taboos related to women's health
  • An emerging, global Femtech market 
  • Growing up in Tanzania/being educated abroad
  • Health policy in Japan
  • fermata's future goals & new store in Tokyo

 

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Featured guest: Amina Sugimoto (Co-founder/CEO of fermata Inc.)

fermata, Inc.

 

Guest host: Yan Fan (Co-founder/CTO of Code Chrysalis)

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Building Community in Japan: Meet the Seals

Building Community in Japan: Meet the Seals

November 18, 2020

Episode 91: Married couple, Henry Moreland Seals and Sasha Lee Hague-Seals, met in Tokyo and are longtime residents of Japan. Henry is a HR professional and recently became the first foreign-born member of the Human Rights Commission in Nagareyama city. Sasha's home-based food company, Yumm Cupcakery, makes cupcakes, cakes, cookies and now cake mix products that you can easily enjoy with your family. In this episode, we learn how these two lovebirds met and all about their love for helping others and building community. 

 

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Food For Good: Hult Prize at Waseda University

Food For Good: Hult Prize at Waseda University

November 5, 2020

Episode 90: Quynh Trang Ho Thi (Campus Director) and Emoh Justina (Trainers and Judges Coordinator) serve on the Hult Prize Organization Committee at Waseda University. The Hult Prize is an annual and global student competition with a focus on social entreprenuership and social impact. This year's theme is "Food For Good."

In this episode, Trang and Justina talk about their upcoming event for the 2021 Hult Prize Challenge. Trang and Justina also tell us why they decided to study in Japan and what sparked their interest in sustainable development and tackling social issues.

 

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Quynh Trang Ho Thi @bq.trang

Emoh Justina @emoh_justina

Hult Prize at Waseda University

 

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Life & Music: A Chat with Crystal Kay

Life & Music: A Chat with Crystal Kay

October 22, 2020

Episode 89: Singer Crystal Kay released her debut single "Eternal Memories" at 13 years old and went on to make nine top-10 albums (including compilations) over the span of two decades. July of this year marked her 21st Anniversary in the music industry and Crystal joins us on Tokyo Speaks to talk about her life and career, as well as her goals going forward. We discuss the following topics:

  • Starting her music career at 13 years old
  • Collaborations with Japanese Hip Hop group, M-Flo
  • Pursuing a music career in the U.S.  
  • Finding herself in NYC & returning to Japan 
  • Interviewing Alicia Keys & Janet Jackson
  • Black Lives Matter Tokyo & Naomi Osaka

 

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[Crystal Kay]

@crystalkayofficial

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[Guest host: J'Nique Nicole] 

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One Woman’s Passion for Social Impact

One Woman’s Passion for Social Impact

October 7, 2020

Episode 88: Angela Ortiz is the founder of the volunteer-led nonprofit, Place to Grow, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Senior Manager at Adidas Japan. In this episode, we discuss the following topics with Angela:

  • Growing up in Japan's countryside as a Colombian-American with her parents and 10 siblings
  • Becoming a mother at 19 years old
  • Finding impetus in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.
  • Pursuing a career in social impact
  • Creating her nonprofit Place to Grow
  • Writing her first book on social impact

 

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[Place to Grow]

https://placetogrow-ngo.org/

 

Place to Grow: 8 principles that will make you an effective leader in social impact

by Angela Ortiz

 

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Black-Owned Anime Studio Makes History in Japan

Black-Owned Anime Studio Makes History in Japan

September 22, 2020

Episode 87: In 2016, Arthell Isom and his twin brother, Darnell Isom, founded D'ART Shtajio Inc. - the first foreign-owned anime studio in Japan. Arthell and his studio has worked on projects for Netflix, Grammy Award-winning music artist, The Weeknd, and was recently featured in Pharrell and Jay-Z's "Entrepreneur" music video. In this episode we discuss the following topics:

  • Arthell's love for illustration and background painting for anime
  • Studying at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco
  • Black culture & anime
  • Working on projects for The Weeknd
  • Being featured in Pharrell and Jay-Z's music video
  • Working for Ghost in the Shell Art Director, Hiromasa Ogura
  • Founding in his own anime studio in Japan

 

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