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EMPOWERING THE BLACK COMMUNITY

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Mission

The Legacy Foundation Japan is an organization that works for the betterment of African Americans and those of African descent, both in the United States and abroad. The Foundation connects all Black communities in Japan to a wider audience, reports on local and global news associated with the Black experience, and has a specific physical and highly organized digital location to host educational and inspirational events and networking opportunities for individuals and businesses.

With a global mindset, Legacy Foundation Japan enables the support of African American people and culture regardless of national borders.

Resources

Black Groups in Japan

There are myriad groups in Japan that focus on the Black experience. Some focus on specific interests while others cover a broader scope of one’s life and goals. If you’re interested in learning more about who they are and the amazing resources they offer, check out our list to get your started.

Legacy Lounge

Brought to you by Taste The Love, Legacy Lounge is a rooftop lounge and event space with spectacular views of Tokyo. As LFJ’s headquarters, we welcome you to plan a visit and prepare to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, light soul food, and delicious drinks with equally tasty non-alcohol options.

Black Business Directory

From photographers and DJs to salon and personal care suppliers to specialized HR and business efficiency consultants, we are surrounded by extremely talented professionals who are African American, of African descent, or support these communities through their goods and services.

Values

Inspiration

To reach, attain, and sustain our members’ dreams.

Support

A welcoming community that helps to cultivate members’ success.

INformation

Knowledge and direction, whatever our members’ journey may be.

Access

To the Black business directory, online communities, and personal and professional networking events.

Training

Workshops and seminars focused on members’ personal, professional, and societal development.

Black Groups in Japan

Tokyo Black Professionals

Black Tokyo Professionals, formed in 2008, aims to bring professionals together for the purpose of supporting, collaborating, and working together within Tokyo and beyond. They organize functions such as First Friday’s Tokyo, parties, and any other event for the sake of positive networking and growth. In particular, they arrange gatherings that highlight the positive aspects of being Black and of African descent.
  

Black Groups in Japan

Black Tokyo

Black Tokyo was established in January 1999 as an online forum. For many years, it was the only online resource for those of the African Diaspora interested in learning about Japan from an Afro-perspective. Black Tokyo remains a key source of information for those seeking to learn more about Japan. Black Tokyo G.K. is incorporated and owns the Black Tokyo and Afro Eric brand licenses.
   

Black Groups in Japan

Black Creatives Japan

Black Creatives Japan (BCJ), founded in 2015, is a support collective that encourages and promotes the artistic talents of individuals of the African Diaspora that have an interest in visiting, living, or are currently residing in Japan. At its core, BCJ is a networking community and platform where our fellow creatives are encouraged to ask for help, advice, collaborate with one another, have events, as well as showcase their skills, businesses, creative projects and much more both in and outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. 
  

Black Groups in Japan

Black Women in Japan

Black Women In Japan (BWIJ), established in 2014, is a community of over 3,000 women of the African Diaspora: Europe, the U.K., the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa, living in Japan. BWIJ aims to create a space for fellowship, networking, and business support while celebrating the diverse sisterhood of the African diaspora and Japanese culture.
 

Black Groups in Japan

Africa in Japan

Africa in Japan, created in 2007, shares resources and information related to the African diaspora in Japan as well as the achievements of Africans worldwide. They encourage members to contribute, ask questions, invite friends, or just enjoy the updates and information provided on their platform.
     

Black Groups in Japan

Jaspora

Jaspora, established in 2019, strengthens the network of the African diasporan community and their allies in Japan to accelerate diasporan engagement with the continent. They connect all ages of people who are passionate about Africa and have an interest in learning and working with the continent. Jaspora hosts monthly networking events to discuss various Afro-centric topics from climate change and development aid to Afro-Asian Fashion and Black solidarity. Future initiatives include a mentorship program and various workshops to support members in achieving their goals.
   

Black Groups in Japan

(NPO) Igbo Association of Japan

The Igbo Association of Japan was founded in 2013. It is a nonprofit organization (NPO) established by some Igbo indigenes of Nigeria residi​ng in Japan who came together to form an umbrella organization of Igbo community in Japan, for the purpose of promoting unity and values, and for promoting progress, information sharing, advocacy, and cultural understanding between members and the rest of the society.

   

Directors, Chairs, and Committees

Latonya Whitaker, Executive Director

Matthew Gregory, Director 

 

Brandy Antonio, Director

Madoka Murase, Director

Thank you to the past Directors and Chairs of committees who supported the growth of Legacy Foundation Japan.

Henry Seals, Director of Finance, 2020 – 2022

Ayanna Coleman, Director of Operations, 2020 – 2022

Daisha Hunter, Marketing, 2020 – 2021

Sasha Lee Seals, Director of Programs, 2021 – 2022

Alison Rodgers, Director of Membership and Resources Chair, 2021 – 2022

Tia Haygood, News and Media Chair, 2021