Women's Issues

World Assembly for Women in Tokyo: WAW! Tokyo 2014

November 18, 2014

(Photos from WAW!Tokyo2014, September 12 and 13, 2014)

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1. Introduction

 The World Assembly for Women in Tokyo (WAW! Tokyo 2014) was held in Tokyo on September 12 and 13. The event was jointly hosted by four organizations: Government of Japan, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation), Nikkei Inc., and the Japan Institute of International Affairs. Also, it was supported by the Japan Center for Economic Research. This event was one of the efforts to achieve ‘A Society where Women Shine’, one of the main issues of Abe Administration.
 Participants in this symposium included top leaders of Japan and abroad, such as Ms. Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), in the field of women’s issue. They discussed about how to promote women’s active role in Japan and the world.

2. September 12, ‘Open Forum’

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 On the afternoon of September 12, Open Forum was held at KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) Kaikan. Prime Minister Abe, Mrs. Akie Abe (the spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan), Foreign Minister Kishida and others participated in the event.

3. September 13, ‘High-Level Round Table’

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    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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 High-Level Round Table was held on September 13 at Roppongi Hills. Prime Minister Abe, Mrs. Akie Abe (the spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan), Minister Arimura, in charge of Promoting Women’s Active Participation and Minister of State for Gender Equity, participated in the event. Foreign Minister Kishida took the role of chairperson.

4. Shine Weeks

 The period from before and after the symposium, basically from September 8 to September 19, has been positioned as the Shine Weeks and a series of women-related events were held by groups including relevant government ministries and agencies, local governments, citizen groups, and schools and student organizations. These events included symposiums, seminars, movie screenings, performances and events for food, tourism and other aspects of Japanese culture. It has been hoped that these events would generate a movement for ‘A Society where Women Shine’ across all of Japan.