Who are we?
We are a network for Japanese nationals who have studied in Sweden, and non-Japanese nationals who have studied in Sweden and currently reside in Japan. SWAN Japan has its roots in Tokyo's Swedish Embassy and became an independent, officially certified alumni network acknowledged by the Swedish Institute in 2017. Ever since our inception, we maintain close ties with the Embassy as well other important organizations within the Sweden community in Japan. Another partner of ours is the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCJ) which among other things supports job seekers at Swedish companies. You can access their career page here. We also work closely with SWEA Japan, an organization that has existed in Tokyo since 1988.
Our aim is to create a broad network of Swedish Alumni in Japan through which we hope that our members can maintain a close link to Sweden. In short, we hope that SWAN Japan will provide its members with opportunities to nourish their Sweden connection and create a network of people who share the same background.What do we do?
SWAN Japan's activities include seminars, workshops and networking activities. Our board is elected bi-annually at our Annual General Meeting that is open to all members. While the board is handling the operational tasks, we encourage all our members to come to us with ideas! Anyone can create an event, so please do contact the board with any ideas you may have.
Who can join?
To join the network you need to either be a Japanese national who has studied in Sweden (can live anywhere in the world) or a non-Japanese national who resides in Japan. Membership with us is free. Please see more details in our membership page where you can also register.We hope to be able to grow together with you and establish our position as an inclusive, free and active Alumni Network.
SWAN Japan is cooperating wtih organizations in both Sweden and Japan. Thanks to these partnerships, we are better able to achieve our goal of promoting Sweden and the Sweden community in Japan. We are officially certified by SI (the Swedish Institute) that is our main supporting body. In Japan, we work closely with the Embassy of Sweden as well as the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to further our mutual interests.
Our board is elected bi-annually and any SWAN Japan member can apply to join. The board's main task is to run activities for our community, build partnerships, and listen to our members. Our main board runs SWAN Japan as a whole, and the Kansai Chapter board is in charge of local activities in the Kansai area.
Our current board was elected on 13 January 2022 at our Annual General Meeting and consist of a diverse group of people. We all come from different backgrounds and have studied in different fields (we even have two photographers among us!)
Please always feel free to reach out if you are interested in getting more actively involved in SWAN Japan or if you have any questions for us.
Yohei Iida (Chairperson)
Elanor Sezer (Vice Chairperson)
Yoko Hasumi (Secretary and Treasurer)
Miwa Kurosaka (Project Manager)
Mika Nitz Pettersson (Project/social media manager)
Hayato Masuo (Project/social media manager)
Subaru Hiranuma (Project manager)
Hinako Meguro (Project manager)