Breast Cancer Network Japan-Akebono-kai is the Japanese breast cancer patients' association, founded by Takako Watt in 1978.
It had its 35th Anniversary in 2013.
The association covers the whole of Japan, with over 3,000 members in over 30 local branches. We are ordinary individuals who have had breast cancer, and we receive support and advice from doctors, nurses, and administrators. It is funded mainly by members' subscriptions, but we also receive financial support from Estee Lauder (regularly since 2000) as well as other companies such as JAL and Sumitomo Life Insurance.
|Our 35th Anniversary at Asahi Hall in Tokyo
(October 26, 2014)
CNJ's objectives are 1) to help women who have breast cancer to get back to a normal life after their operation, and 2) to raise public awareness about breast cancer. From the beginning, the atmosphere among members has been positive, lively, and future-oriented. More recently, we have been directing more attention to considering how to help people who are struggling with the recurrence of cancer.
|Japan-Korea Breast Cancer Patient's Reunion
(October13, 2013 at Asahi Hall in Tokyo)
As one of the first 'self-help' groups in Japan, Akebonokai has become a model for other organizations and associations, and it has developed ties with other patients' associations, both domestic and international. We have very close contacts with patients' groups in Korea and Taiwan.
|GBCC 2013(Global Breast Cancer Conference) in Korea
(October 10 - 12 at Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Seoul)
Once a month, we organize an "open house" for people who are concerned about breast cancer, called Akebono House. Takako Watt and a few members of the association can speak English, and some can speak Chinese. Akebono House is held in a local community center, within 5 minutes waIk from Ikejiri-Ohashi Station of Denen-Toshi Line (one stop from Shibuya on regular trains; note that express trains do not stop at Ikejiri-Ohashi Station).
|The 49th Akebono House(April 28, 2013)
Lecture by Dr. Hideko Yamauchi from Breast Center of St. Luke Hospital
Please feel free to contact us if have concerns about breast cancer or are interested in our work (telephone 03-3972-1204 from Mondays to Fridays or email firstname.lastname@example.org).