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Walk for Women
Kansai Walk-A-Thon

Translated and edited from original text
by Maiko Mochizuki

On October 18, the 9th ACCJ Kansai Walk-A-Thon will take place at the Canadian Academy on Rokko Island, in Kobe.

The event was established to raise money for organizations serving the needs of working women.

Encouraged by the women-friendly Abenomics agenda, ACCJ Kansai leaders believe that providing women with more opportunities in the workplace can contribute to broader economic development in Japan.

This is especially true as most Japanese women face a glass ceiling that prevents them from pursuing careers or returning to work after having children. The Kansai Walk-A-Thon aims to help women break through this glass ceiling.

The walkathon was started in 2006, and is held annually on the third Saturday in October. It is sponsored and supported by more than 50 multinational Japan-based companies that are actively promoting diversity, such as P&G, Eli Lilly, Bayer, and Hilton.

The Kansai Walk-A-Thon is not simply a walking event. It offers beneficial programs for working women and mothers, live entertainment, international food booths, a raffle with great prizes, a kids’ play area, and much more. It is both educational and fun for the whole family.

The event is open to the public, and more than 2,000 people attend every year, making it a top fundraiser for ACCJ Kansai.

Since the inaugural event, the ACCJ Kansai Walk-A-Thon has donated a total of ¥36,306,000 to 18 nonprofit organizations that support working women.

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 10:30am to 4:00pm
Venue: Canadian Academy (Rokko Island, Kobe)
Adults: ¥1,000 | Students: ¥500