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Founder of Community Organizing Japan Researcher at Harvard University, Weatherhead Center for International AffairsKanoko Kamata

After 11 years of experience in the corporate business world, realized that more active civil society is needed for the solution of social problems, and went on to study in community organizing under Dr. Marshall Ganz at Harvard Kennedy School. After her graduate studies, she studied and experienced different methods of organizing community participation in New York, and, upon returning to Japan in 2014, co-founded and become Executive Director of Community Organizing Japan (COJ). Through COJ activities, which trains nonprofit organizations, union and youth in the community organizing framework, she has trained over 1,500 people have participated in COJ’s workshops. COJ also offer coaching sessions for grassroots campaigns for women’s rights, victims of sex crimes, post-disaster recovery, and other issues, and successfully advocated for a change in the Criminal Code of Japan in 2017 for the first time in 110 years.

Now a researcher at Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Ms. Kamata will conduct research on grassroots leadership development in Japan and the U.S.