20th women's conference looks to make history

National Jul 22, 2015

20th women's conference looks to make history

by Chiho Iuchi

Gender equality in the workforce is not a simple thing to achieve. Japan's 1985 Equal Employment Opportunity Act requires employers to ensure equal treatment of men and women. However, working women in Japan have faced various obstacles that have limited their potential ability. That has driven ...

Female workers may finally get foothold

National Jul 17, 2014

Female workers may finally get foothold

by Ayako Mie

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed up last Sunday for the 19th International Conference for Women in Business, Kaori Sasaki — who has been organizing the gathering to empower women since 1996 — finally felt that society was changing. When Sasaki launched the project almost ...

Female parley slaps male dominance

National Aug 7, 2012

Female parley slaps male dominance

by Hiroko Nakata and Ayako Mie

Men need to shed their deeply ingrained leadership mentality and tap female innovation, especially in Japan, where women could be the key to regaining competitiveness and igniting the rapid economic growth being experienced in many other parts of Asia. That was the main message gleaned ...

National Jul 27, 2012

Conference seeks to hone skills for business, communication

Decades have passed since Japan started focusing on the importance of its “globalization.” Still, not many business or political leaders in the country are able to voice their opinions in English at international conferences. Not many are invited to attend such events in the ...