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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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Learn more at kelluna.com

 

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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

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

 

Learn more at en-joi.com

 

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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

 

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

 

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

fermata, Inc.

 

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

@yanarchy

 

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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. 

 

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

 

 

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Follow Henry Moreland Seals on LinkedIn and check out his book "Making It In Japan: An Insider's Journey to Success

 

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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.

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

[Crystal Kay]

@crystalkayofficial

Check out music by Crystal Kay here

 

[Guest host: J'Nique Nicole] 

Check out music by J'Nique Nicole here

 

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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

 

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

 

 

[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

 

[Guest host: Oulimata Gueye] 

@lasenegarujin

 

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Getting to Know the Organizers of Black Lives Matter Tokyo

Getting to Know the Organizers of Black Lives Matter Tokyo

July 15, 2020

Episode 85: Sierra Todd and Jaime Smith are organizers of the Black Lives Matter Tokyo Peaceful March. On June 14, 2020, Sierra and Jaime—along with the rest of their team—put on Tokyo's largest Black Lives Matter event, which drew more than 2,000 attendees. In this episode, we discuss the follow topics:

  • How Black Lives Matter Tokyo started
  • Preparing for the peaceful march
  • Post-march reflections (challenges and lessons learned)
  • Sierra and Jaime's backgrounds 
  • Being Black and Queer

 

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[Guest host: Thalia Harris]

@ladyscribe21

 

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Destigmatizing Periods

Destigmatizing Periods

June 30, 2020

Episode 84: Marina Yoshimura is the Founder and President of PERIOD@Tokyo, which is a chapter of the parent organization PERIOD. In this episode, Marina tells us why she decided to start a chapter of PERIOD in Japan. We'll also discuss various aspects of menstruation (periods) such as deep-rooted stigma, education, health, first-time experiences, and accessibility of period products. 

Guest host, Chalice Davis (also known as singer/songwriter Afrodyty), gives this episode another level of depth by sharing a horrific menstrual experience and condition that undermined her health in 2019. 

PERIOD@Tokyo recently partnered with Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) and launched a campaign called #GiveLove to donate period products to asylum seekers and refugees in Japan. 

 

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Cyberpunk Girl: Using Tech to Inspire

Cyberpunk Girl: Using Tech to Inspire

June 16, 2020

Episode 83: Steffie Harner is a Software Engineer at Code Chrysalis; Co-Founder of Startup Lady Japan; and Cyberpunk content creator/influencer. Steffie came to Japan simply to fulfill her childhood dreams, but a series of events led her to co-founding a nonprofit organization for female entrepreneurs and a new career in software engineering. In this episode, we chat with Steffie about the following:

  • Co-founding Startup Lady Japan
  • Becoming a software engineer
  • Her life and career in Silicon Valley
  • Her love for Cyberpunk and digital content creation

 

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[Guest host: Yan Fan]

 @yanarchy (Twitter)  @yanarchy (Instagram)

 

[Code Chrysalis]

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COVID-19 Tokyo: Community Check-In

COVID-19 Tokyo: Community Check-In

April 18, 2020

Episode 82: Returning guests, Robin Lewis, Kayoko Hirano, and Yan Fan, join Tokyo Speaks remotely to talk about how they're adjusting to this new reality caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although we all are dealing with a global pandemic that has impacted every aspect of our lives, Robin, Kayako, and Yan share some ways that we can still be productive, healthy, and helpful to others in their time of need.  

Read these helpful blog posts by Robin, Kayoko, and Yan on Medium:

10 Ways to Support Coronavirus Relief in Japan

by Robin Lewis (Co-Founder of Social Innovation Japan & mymizu)

 

5 Ways to Support Your Immune System During the Pandemic

by Kayoko Hirano (Certified Obesity Prevention Health Coach)

 

Job Hunting in a Global Pandemic and Recession

by Yan Fan (Co-Founder and CTO of Code Chrysalis)

 

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Thanks to Guidable for featuring Tokyo Speaks! Check out Guidable Jobs and Guidable Media

Episode 82 background music by Rhyming Gaijin 

 

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Forging Your Own Path

Forging Your Own Path

April 7, 2020

Episode 81: Amber Chook is Co-founder of Zebra Global and Founder of TEDxRoppongi (an independently-organized TEDx event in Tokyo). Amber moved to Mie, Japan from Harbin, China at the age of 15, and she was placed in a high school that had low expectations for its graduates.

Instead of following the standard path for women in the area, getting married and becoming a housewife, Amber pushed aside her high school responsibilities and religiously studied English on her own; then eventually pursued her college education at Hosei University in Tokyo. 

In this episode, we discuss topics such as:

  • Growing up in China and Japan
  • Her interest and career in Blockchain technology
  • Women empowerment in the tech/fin-tech sector
  • Her passion for social impact
 

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[Amber Chook's Book Recommendations]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

The Alchemist

 

[Co-host]

Jasmine Griner a.k.a Enlightize - @enlightize

 

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