Recently the College Women's Association of Japan held an anniversary celebration. "Music and Tea" was an afternoon program commemorating 25 years of the activities of Volunteers for Blind Students, a group that is part of CWAJ's education program. "In April, The Japan Vocational Development Center for the Blind gave VBS an award of appreciation. I am so proud of being a part of CWAJ," said Junko Abe.

She is this year's VBS Japanese cochairwoman, leading a variety of activities that provide support and friendship in English for the visually impaired. In other capacities she has been an enthusiastic member of the association since 1986. Earlier events propelled her toward CWAJ and its volunteer work.

From her girlhood home in Kawasaki, Junko attended Yokohama Futaba Girls' High School. She went on to Ferris Women's Junior College, where she majored in English. At both Futaba and Ferris, she belonged to the table-tennis clubs.