IBA Japan Webinar: How you can give back to the Society

Event Report

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Overview of the event: 

Harumi Kachi, Executive Director of Hands On Tokyo 
Ashma Koirala, Deputy Director of Hands On Tokyo 
Aya Higa, Board Member of Hands On Tokyo and Co-Chair of the LIVES Organizing Committee
Jesper Koll, Board Member of Hands On Tokyo and Leader of SAMURAI 125 Initiative
Date:       Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
Time:      15:00 - 15:40
Venue:    Webinar (Microsoft Teams)

IBA Japan’s primary purpose is to promote the interests of our members. The development of a successful and socially responsible Japanese society is critical for the economic and social success of Japan and therefore for our members. Some of our members already have internal or participate in external volunteer programs. Hands On Tokyo provides another option for “giving back” through participation in their various initiatives.


At Hands On Tokyo, we dream for a society where each individual is valued and where people proactively support each other. We are trying to promote this goal by advocating and spreading awareness through various initiatives and by providing meaningful bilingual volunteer opportunities to foster volunteerism and develop leaders to serve the needs of our community. In our presentation, we would like to give you and your company examples of ways for you to get involved so that we could have a collective positive impact on Japanese society.

Key talking Points:

  1. Social Needs - Our Focus Areas
  2. Voices of recipients and corporate partners
  3. How can you get involved?


Hands On Tokyo was founded in 2006 with a group comprising both Japanese and foreign nationals who were committed to making volunteer activities more accessible and accelerating the growth of volunteerism in the Tokyo area.

Hands On Tokyo became a non-profit organization in 2009 and was certified by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as an “Approved Specified Non-Profit Corporation” in 2017.

Hand on Tokyo is the only Japan-based affiliate of the Points of Light Foundation, which is one of the largest volunteer networks in the U.S. and has more than 208 affiliates in 37 countries.


Harumi Kachi, Executive Director of Hands On Tokyo

Before becoming Executive Director of Hands On Tokyo in April 2021, she was the project coordinator of the LIVES project for 5 years. She has experience in coordinating international conferences and managing international groups including YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) in Japan. While she was independent, she assisted global companies by teaching English and cross-cultural understanding to young leaders and promoting corporate culture within the companies.

Ashma Koirala, Deputy Director of Hands On Tokyo

Ashma has been engaged in the community service and social welfare sector for more than 9 years. She oversees programs at Hands On Tokyo and has CSR project management experience in corporates and non-profit sectors with a focus on community service and youth empowerment.

Aya Higa, Board Member of Hands On Tokyo and Co-Chair of the LIVES Organizing Committee

She has been involved in Hands On Tokyo since its very beginning in 2006, as a devoted, full-time community volunteer. Since 2016, she has been leading the LIVES Initiative and advocating for a more inclusive society. 

Jesper Koll, Board Member of Hands On Tokyo and Leader of SAMURAI 125 Initiative

Before becoming CEO of WisdomTree Japan in 2015, he worked for two decades as the Managing Director of Japan Research for both JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch. Jesper serves as an adviser to several public policy makers and private corporations and is a frequent commentator in domestic and international media.

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