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Date : July 13, 2021

Women’s Pro Soccer League, WE League— The Inaugural Chair’s Vision for Becoming the Best League in the World (Ms. Kikuko Okajima, Chair of WE League)

post date : 2021.06.28

September 12 will mark the beginning of the Women Empowerment League (WE League), Japan’s first professional women’s soccer league. The WE League has a philosophy of contributing through women’s soccer and sports to the creation and development of a society filled with diverse dreams and lifestyles where everyone can shine. Requirements for joining the league include having at least 50% women executives in the management company and having at least one decision maker who is a woman. The goals for founding this league are to increase the popularity of women’s sports in Japan, and to make the women’s national team Nadeshiko Japan into the number one team in the world for the first time since winning the World Cup in 2011. Will the establishment of the WE League provide a boost to the status of women in Japan, which has been noted as lagging behind? With Japan and the world in a somber mood due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what kind of message can be sent?


The FPCJ has invited Ms. Kikuko Okajima, inaugural chair of the WE League, to discuss the significance of founding the league and her vision for it, one week before the opening match of Nadeshiko Japan at the Tokyo Olympics and two months before the opening match of the new league.


■Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing, as it will be a Zoom webinar. 

■Date: July 13 (Tues), 2021, 11:00-12:30 (Deadline for application: Noon, July 12)

■Briefer: Ms. Kikuko Okajima, Chair of WE League

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation                                  

As in our standard press briefings, there will be a Q&A session at the end.
*In principle, questions will only be accepted from members of the foreign press.

■Members of the Foreign Press:

Please send any questions for the briefer or topics you are interested in to by 12:00 noon on July 12.  As there will only be a limited amount of time to ask questions during the briefing, we will collect questions and provide them to the briefer in advance.

Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also watch the briefing as observers (admission free).


■How to Apply: Please refer to either the email or fax we sent.

*We will not be accepting applications by email.

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