Although Chid Waller says she waxes lyrical over the career she was following in England, she willingly gave it up to come to Tokyo. That was three years ago. During this time she has put her expertise at the disposal of several local organizations, giving them voluntarily the benefit of her effective leadership skills.

For one of these organizations, Refugees International Japan, from having been director of publicity she has become executive director. She said: "My learning curve here has been very steep, and it has been an exciting time. Working for a cause as vital and tragic as that of the world's refugees is one that fires all of us with inspiration and determination. It's very rewarding for me to apply my professional skills to such a worthwhile and needed purpose."

Her unusual name came from her brother, who in childhood couldn't pronounce her real name, Sheila.