Women and the Japanese Workforce (Yokosuka)

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Women and the Japanese Workforce (Yokosuka)

March 15, 2017 , 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

At 66%, Japan’s female labor participation rate is at a 15-year high. Yet, in 2016, Japan slipped to 111 of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s gender equality rankings, a fall of ten places since 2015. Japan is the lowest ranked among the Group of Seven major industrialized nations. Among the reasons for this poor ranking is the role of women in public life and their status in professional and technical fields.

This public event featured an expert panel of women who discussed the dynamics of what is really going on. Attendees brought questions and heard what the speakers had to say at this free seminar brought to you by the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies and JUMP.



Annette Bradford, Assistant Professor at Meiji University: panel chair

Teruko Wada, Senior Manager, International Affairs Bureau Keidanren. She is currently in charge of US relations in the International Affairs Bureau, Keidanren (the Japan Business Federation). She has worked for Keidanren for 20 years, engaging in various policy areas including competition policy, corporate governance, consumer legislations, financial regulations, energy policy, and intellectual property. She graduated from Waseda U. (BA in Law); U. of Tokyo (LL.M); and, as a Fulbright Scholar, Georgetown U. Law Center (LL.M).

Noelle Takahashi, Women’s Leadership Advocate. Her focus and passion is to make a social change as a women’s political leader and her goal is to win the 2017 national election. In 2015, she graduated from the Women’s Campaign School at Yale Law School and the Wilson Center selected her to the Women in Public Service Project at Mills College. She has served with various non-profit organizations, including the Red Cross.

Mayu Tomozoe, a third-year Business Administration student at Meiji University. She has studied Japanese Management, and has had a study abroad experience to learn International Management in Finland.


When: Wednesday, March 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Program: Reception with a light meal from 6:30-8:30; Refreshments starting at 6:30 and seating for the main event at 7:15
Where: Yokosuka Honcho Community Center, 4th Floor 〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi

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