Gender Equality in Japan and the Impact of Womenomics
On April 27, Sasakawa USA hosted a public conversation with Ms. Mitsuko Horiuchi, Visiting Professor at Bunkyo Gakuin University Graduate School of Foreign Studies. At this Sasakawa USA Speaker Series event, Ms. Horiuchi discussed the state of gender equality in Japan and assessed the impact of Abe Administration’s policies, including Womenomics. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Linda Hasunuma, Assistant Professor of Government, Franklin & Marshall College. Read more about the event in our summary recap here.
Ms. Mitsuko Horiuchi currently holds the posts of the President of Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women and Chairperson of Stop Child Labour Network of Japan. She additionally holds other posts of advisers /directorships at a number of public sectors and nonprofit organizations, including chairperson of the Gender Equality Council in Bunkyo city, where she lives. She formerly has held positions as Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Japan as well as the ILO Special Regional Advisor on Gender Issues, ILO Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific, Minister of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and Cabinet Counselor and Director in the Prime Minister’s Office’s Office for Women’s Affairs.
She has published numerous books and monographs on gender and labour issues. Her most recent work is Towards the Elimination of Child Labour: What We Can Do? which she coauthored and published in 2013 by the Institute of Developing Economies of the Japan External Trade Organization. A monograph on Significance of the UN Beijing World Conference on Women, and Progress and Challenges 20 Years after Beijing will be published in the Journal of Asian Women’s Studies by KFAW in March 2016.
About the Moderator
Dr. Linda Hasunuma is an Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published on the subject of Japan’s political institutions, decentralization reforms, and gender politics, including her most recent publication: “Gender Gaiatsu: An Institutional Perspective on Womenomics” for the US-Japan Women’s Journal (Oct/Nov 2015) and a forthcoming chapter on women in civil society for an edited volume: The Private and the Public: Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan, edited by Gill Steel. She is currently developing a book manuscript on gender equality in Japan and South Korea.
Dr. Hasunuma is part of the 2012-2014 cohort of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation’s U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellows programs, and received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Sasakawa Foundation, and the Aratani Foundation. She has been an invited speaker at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and the World Affairs Council; and has appeared on Channel News Asia.