THE CHOICE 2019 Annual Gala
November 11, 2019 (7:00PM ~ 9:00PM)

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Tickets are 10,000円(2 Tickets for 15,000) - The event will feature provide food and drink.

Tokyo Midtown (Midtown Tower 4F Room 7) 
Black Tie Optional(Semi-formal)

Please kindly RSVP by November 6, 2019


Nana Watanabe Founder and Director - Ashoka Japan

Nana Watanabe
Founder and Director - Ashoka Japan

Ms. Watanabe is a photographer, author and founder of Ashoka Japan 2011. Her passion for social change was sparked in the late 1990’s on her frequent visits back to Tokyo while she was living in New York, as she witnessed Japanese society suffering from mental depression. This increasingly spreading mental disorder, inspired her to look for solutions, which in turn led her to the concept of "Social Changemakers." She knew the next generation needed new role models who wanted to make a positive impact on Japanese society and the world.

To introduce these ideas into Japan culture, Nana began by conducting 135 interviews with individuals working at the forefront of social impact between 2001 and 2005. The profiles were later published by Nikkei BP Publishing and were also adopted as the textbook for Japan’s first social innovation course commenced at Keio University in 2005. In 2008, Nana knocked on the door of the Ashoka's US headquarter and by 2011 she had successfully launched their first ever Japanese operation. That same year, Nana moved back to Japan full-time to lead this work.

Nana was born and raised in Tokyo and graduated from Keio University in Tokyo.


ASHOKA, founded back in 1980 in Washington D.C., envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker, with the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs committed to the ultimate goal. They have been engaged in discovering individuals who can address the fundamental structural problems by changing ideas, namely “ASHOKA Fellows.” It has been the main pillar of their activities for the past 40 years, differentiating them from charity programs we see, those reaching out to more visible social issues. They elect "ASHOKA Fellows" in their global network and now support 3,700 social entrepreneurs in 92 countries. 

In 2000, ASHOKA came to an agreement that it is essential to have the younger generation involved as future changemakers to build a better world, not only searching for new fellows, and began to enhance children's creativity and ability to make changes. ASHOKA JAPAN was established in 2011 as the first base in East Asia. Currently, they have 37 country offices across the globe.