members are in each area?
Naturally, the wider Kanto area has the highest number of
AFWJ members, followed by the Kansai area (Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto).
However, AFWJ members live in all corners of Japan, from Hokkaido
to Okinawa, as well as overseas. Many of our members live in remote
countryside areas and communicate with other AFWJ members through
the AFWJ Journal or through AFWJ e-mail lists. For members out
in the countryside, AFWJ provides a network of communication and
support through which members can keep in touch with each other
even if they are not able to meet up, or to participate in events.
How many different nationalities are represented?
At present, AFWJ has members of 45 different nationalities.
Foreign wives of Japanese of any nationality are welcome. While
the language of communication in AFWJ and in the AFWJ Journal
is English, AFWJ members from non-English speaking countries often
find each other and enjoy communicating in their own language.
Does AFWJ have members who speak Chinese, Tagalog or other
Although few in number, we have members who speak Chinese,
Tagalog, Malay, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian,
German and other languages. If you are a foreign wife of a Japanese
and would like to hear about AFWJ in your own language (or if
you know of a woman in this situation), please contact the
and ask her to put you into contact with one of our members who
speaks the language, and who can introduce you (or your friend)
to the group. We can't promise that someone is available at all
times, but please try!
Are there playgroups for English speaking kids?
Yes, several local districts and chapters hold playgroups.
Contact your district representative or chapter leader for more
Are there any groups for men married to Japanese women?
The group, United for a Multicultural Japan (UMJ), may
be of interest. It can be found in the Links
Where can I get legal advice?
TELL Life Line can provide
information on where to get legal or medical advice for those
within or outside of the Tokyo Area: 03-5774-0992
International Medical Information provides introduction
to doctors/clinics through volunteers who speak several languages.
Tokyo: 03-5285-8088 Osaka: 06-636-2333
for a Multicultural Japan) provides a collection of articles
on legal issues in Japan on its website.
Rights Counseling Center for Foreigners has branches in
several cities in Japan. See website for a list of locations.
for Multicultural Information and Assistance (CMIA), founded
after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and based in Kansai,
assists foreigners with legal, medical and other information in