Akebonokai in English

Breast Cancer Network Japan-Akebonokai is the Japanese breast cancer patients' association, founded by Takako Watt in 1978. It had its 37th Anniversary in 2015.

Who we are

We are ordinary individuals who have had breast cancer, and we receive support and advice from doctors, nurses, and administrators. From the beginning, the atmosphere among members has been positive, lively, and future-oriented. The association covers the whole of Japan, with over 3,000 members in over 30 local branches. 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.


Akebonokai’s objectives are:

1) to help women who have breast cancer to get back to a normal life after their operation;
2) to raise public awareness about breast cancer.

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 close contacts with patients' groups in Korea and Taiwan.

Japan-Korea Breast Cancer Patient's Reunion
(October13, 2012 at Asahi Hall in Tokyo)


Akebono House – Information about breast cancer

Once a month, we organize an "open house" for people who are concerned about breast cancer, called Akebono House. Everyone is welcome. 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 68th Akebono House(April 24, 2016)
Lecture by Dr. Shinji Ouno from Breast Centre of the Cancer Institute Hospital, Tokyo