13/14 Cornwall Terrace
The term “Womenomics,” coined by Kathy Matsui, Chief Japan Equity Strategist at Goldman Sachs, refers to policies aimed at enabling women to make a larger contribution to the Japanese economy. It has become a key component of “Abenomics” – Prime Minister Abe’s overall policies for the revitalisation of Japan. As dual-income couples have increasingly become the norm in Japan, the female labour participation rate is, in fact, more or less in line with other developed countries. The difference is that Japanese female workers disproportionately work in positions with low status, low pay, and low job security. The World Economic Forum Gender Inequality Ranking puts Japan 104th out of 142 countries, far below other developed countries.
Enabling Japanese women to make a fuller contribution at work would significantly boost Japanese GDP, but gender inequality is a complex issue with deep roots in Japanese society. Glen Fukushima is a widely-followed observer of and writer on Japan, and as former CEO and Chairman of Airbus Japan, has experience of these issues from the management point of view. Mami Mizutori is a former senior Japanese diplomat who has seen at first hand the obstacles that must be negotiated by Japanese career women. They will discuss the initiatives taken by the Abe government so far and the hidden barriers to meaningful change.
Glen S. Fukushima is Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a prominent Washington, D.C. think tank. From 1990 to 2012, he was based in Tokyo as a senior executive in one European and four US multinationals (including CEO of Airbus Japan) and served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He has served on numerous Japanese, American, and European corporate boards and advisory councils and is a Trustee of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives). From 1985 to 1990, he worked in Washington DC as Director for Japanese Affairs and as Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Japan and China at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. His book The Politics of US-Japan Trade Conflict was awarded the Masayoshi Ohira Prize in 1993. He was educated at Stanford (BA), Harvard (MA, JD), Keio and Tokyo (Fulbright and Japan Foundation Fellow).
Mami Mizutori is Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures since 2011. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where her last position was as the Budget Director for the Foreign Ministry. Previous posts included being Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in London; Director of the National Security Policy Division; United Nations Policy Division; and the Status of US Forces Agreement Division. She graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Masters Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain. Mami writes on a variety of topics for contemporary Japanese media, such as Monetary and Financial Affairs published by Jiji Press and analyzes for several think tanks, including The Japan Research Institute. She is a Trustee for both the Daiwa Anglo-Japan Foundation and the Association for Aid and Relief Japan.
The event is free. Please book your attendance at www.dajf.org.uk/events/booking-form
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle
London NW1 4QP