JCCI / Nippon Club Co-Sponsored International Women’s Day Panel Discussion & Networking Event

This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.
We are now accepting registration for the online streaming of the event.

Distribution Period: Thursday, March 16, 9:00 AM – Wednesday, March 22, 9:00 PM (EST)
*You can watch the video repeatedly as many times as you like during the duration of the program.
■ Fee: $5.00

*Please note that the video will be in Japanese only (no English subtitles.)

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“How does Japan look from overseas?”

Perspectives of those who work in New York

Corporate Sponsors:

Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Hotta Liesenberg Saito, LLP / NTT America, Inc. / SB Telecom America Corp.
/ Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

In Cooperation with Chocolat Moderne (A chocolate tasting)

This year’s G7 Summit will be held in Japan, which ranks lowest among participating countries in gender equality and does not recognize same-sex marriage. Consequently, there is a general feeling that Japan lags behind its peers in its understanding and promotion of diversity. Further, Japan ranks lowest among G7 countries in wages, labor productivity, and happiness. As a result, there’s a growing number of young people who want to leave Japan and work overseas. Please join our panelists – women who have lived in both Japan and America – as we consider together Japan’s contemporary social issues, what can be done to restore its appeal as a country, and what each of us can do as individuals to this end.

(*This event will be conducted in Japanese only.)

*We have reached capacity and are no longer accepting registrations for the event.

■ Panelists


Miyoko Demay
Former President & CEO, Tiffany & Co. Japan Inc.
Sayaka Kobayashi
The main character, Biri-Gal herself, an inspiration in a bestselling novel “A story about a gal who was lowest grade in school and passed Keio University after raising her test score by 40 in a year” (author: Nobutaka Tsubota); Student at Columbia University
Taiko Otsuka
Partner, IBM Corporation

<Zoom Call from Japan>

Yuko Watanabe
Joint Manager, HSW JAPAN; External Director, Cybozu
Aya Komaki
President & CEO, Sanrio Entertainment
Miki Oikawa
President & CEO, Pola

■ MC

Masaaki Maeda
JCCI/Nippon Club/JCC Fund VP & Assistant Secretary

■ Discussion Topics

1. Differences in Work/Life Values between Japan and Other Countries
a.) Which Japanese customs were retained in work and home life abroad, and which were not? New York has people from a wide variety of backgrounds, but what is important beyond just survival?
b.) Considering differences in values from the perspective of diversity

2. Perspectives from Overseas – How to Promote Change in Japan
a.) Building on the first topic, if change in Japan is necessary, what will this entail and what can we do about it?

【Date and Time】
Thursday, March 9th
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

Nippon Club Rose Room 2F
(145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019)

【Admission Fee】
$25 for members, $30 for general
*In-person event with snacks and beverages included

【Target Audience】
Nippon Club/JCCI Members (of any gender) and Guests

【Time Schedule】

6:00 – 6:02 Opening Remarks
6:02 – 6:20 Self-Introductions (6 Panelists)
6:20 – 6:50 Panel Discussion Topic #1: Differences in Work/Life Values between Japan and Other Countries
6:50 – 7:10 Panel Discussion Topic #2: Perspectives from Overseas – How to Promote Change in Japan
7:10 – 7:15 Closing Remarks
7:15 – 7:45 Networking and Casual Conversation (wine and finger foods served)

*This event will be conducted in Japanese



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