Executive Committee

Shannon Saruwatashi, President
Shannon comes from Montana in the United States. She has been in Nagasaki for 6 years, and in Japan for 13 years. When not participating in NIWA events or chasing after her adorable children, she enjoys listening to music, reading, watching TV and movies, driving around, and traveling.

Q: What do you like best about NIWA?
A: The members of NIWA are my support system here in Nagasaki, and my closest friends. They never fail to make me laugh. They are an incredible group of strong, independent women who care deeply about their community.

Noriko Miyazaki, Vice-President


Bio coming soon!

Kate Kishi, Secretary


Kate is originally from North Carolina, United States and has lived in Japan for over 5 years. First finding herself in Hiroshima prefecture for a few years, she moved to Nagasaki in 2015. Being a member of NIWA allowed her to not only explore her new home but also meet lots of cool ladies from across the world. Her hobbies include cross-stitching, dog-walking, and watching movies, in particular horror flicks and documentaries. If you are ever in need of help or advice, she will do her best to help you out!

Mitsuko Tanaka, Treasurer

Bio coming soon!
The Grand Council
Miwa Kanetake, and Mitsuko Komatsu

Our longest-standing members, we can always turn to these lovely ladies for advice, fun, and good times. They are a constant source of expertise, entertainment, and inspiration.