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TW Impact?

TW Impact is a space to highlight the people and organizations in Japan dedicated to achieving a better future for the world through their efforts in the areas of diversity and inclusion, climate change and environmental preservation.


TW Impact Documentaries

TW Impact: Spotlight

On Monday, October 4, the committee review meeting to discuss the proposal for over-the-counter access to the emergency contraceptive pill (a.k.a. EC, or the morning-after pill) was held at the Japanese Ministry…

Health & Nutrition / News & Opinion / TW Impact

Morning-After Pill Updates: OTC Access Delayed But The Fight Continues

By Jes Kalled

“Sometimes I’m Penelope. Sometimes Pedro!” But always she is Pepe: towering, red-headed, award-winning make-up artist, working freelance during the day and reigning over Shinjuku Ni-chome at night. Her portfolio ranges from high…

Diversity & Inclusion / News & Opinion

TW Queer Japan: Blending Borders with Makeup Artist Pepe Paladini

By Kat Joplin

“I don’t expect our society to change because of the show, but if viewers start questioning a thing or two after watching; if they begin feeling uneasy (with the status quo), I…

Art & Culture / TW Impact

Mazekoze Island Tour: An invitation to face, celebrate and question Japan’s diversity

By Ally Hongo

Tokyo Weekender’s series TW Creatives features various works by Japan-based writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators and other creatives in a bid to provide one additional platform for them to exhibit their talent. The works submitted…

Diversity & Inclusion / Stories / TW Creatives / TW Impact

TW Creatives: Kinota Braithwaite Writes Books Inspired by His Biracial Children

By Weekender Editor

What does the word “sustainability” mean to you? Perhaps its ridding the oceans of plastic, returning to a more pastoral lifestyle or adopting the in-vogue “climatarian” diet. You may want to reduce…

Sustainability / TW Impact

SDG Expert Trista Bridges on Achieving True Sustainability in Japan

By David McElhinney

People and development manager, outdoors enthusiast, Minakami ambassador and survivor of a bear encounter. These are just some of the hats that Cory McGowan has worn during his 20-plus years of living in Japan.…

Sustainability / TW Impact

How Adventure Partner Founder Cory McGowan Became a Champion for Minakami

By Samantha Low

Collaborating with Seven & i Holdings, Saraya is paving the road for sustainable development across the globe with their handsoap and hand sanitizers.

Charity & Volunteer / TW Collabs / TW Impact

Saraya Hand Soap and Sanitizer: Leading the Way Towards Sustainable Global Health

By Weekender Editor