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Womenomics: Can Women Save the Japanese Economy?

Monday, March 16, 2015 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM

THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT ASIA SOCIETY

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Expanding opportunities for women to join Japan's workforce is a centerpiece of the "Abenomics" economic revival strategy proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In fact, it has its own name: "Womenomics." Prime Minister Abe's hope is that bringing more women into the labor pool will spur economic growth after decades of stagnation. Despite laws that have guaranteed equal employment opportunities for women since 1986, some 70 percent of women still choose to leave the workforce after having children. Some analysts have estimated that Japan could increase its GDP by as much as 13 percent if women joined the workforce at the same rate as their counterparts in other OECD countries.

To solve this problem, Japan will have to relieve cultural and social pressures that have built up for decades. Prime Minister Abe has launched "Womenomics" with one fundamental aim: to promote better conditions for women who work. Can Japan unleash the economic power of women to revitalize its economy? How large might the "Womenomics" dividend be? What lessons can Japan borrow from the rest of the world, or offer other countries facing similar challenges? The Asia Society Policy Institute is pleased to invite you to a discussion of these questions by a panel of distinguished experts. 

Speakers:

Joanna Barsh, director emeritus, McKinsey & Co., is a strong advocate for women. She is he best-selling author of How Remarkable Women Lead. She has also served on New York City's Commission on Women's Issues.

Naoko Ogawa is the senior manager for Women's Empowerment at Keidanren, the Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In this capacity, she is in charge of coordinating with the Japanese corporations to implement "Womenomics."

Moderator: Richard Lui is an American journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News. He was formerly at CNN Worldwide. Lui's enterprise reporting has focused on humanitarian issues including gender equality, human trafficking, and affordable housing.

The reception will begin at 5:30 pm. To register for this event, please click here.

Can’t make it to this program? Tune in to AsiaSociety.org/Live at 6:30 pm E.T. for a free live video webcast. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions to moderator@asiasociety.org or tweet questions using the hashtag #AskAsia

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