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U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

Japanese Women Leaders Delegation
September 11–17, 2017

In JCIE's 40-year history of parliamentary exchanges, we have tried to include women whenever possible, but this year we had a delegation comprised entirely of women for the first time ever. Five impressive legislators and one senior journalist joined us for a weeklong program in Washington DC and New York.

Delegation

Aiko Doden Senior Commentator on International Affairs, NHK Broadcasting; Special Affairs Commentator, NHK World
Kuniko Inoguchi House of Councillors; former Minister of State for Gender Equality (Liberal Democratic Party and Party for Japanese Kokoro) 
Takae Ito Member, House of Councillors (Democratic Party)
Takae Ito Member, House of Councillors (Komeito)
Hanako Jimi Member, House of Councillors (Liberal Democratic Party)
Toshiko Takeya Member, House of Councillors (Komeito) 


During their visit, the group met with a wide range of American leaders and policy experts to discuss ways of strengthening US-Japan cooperation on the North Korean nuclear threat, trade, and the rule of law in East Asia. They also spoke with pioneering women leaders about how women have increasingly played a greater role in American politics and what tactics can be adapted to strengthen women’s political leadership in Japan. Also, they spoke with business executives and nonprofits about how to advance gender equity in the workforce. Their meetings included the following:

Strengthening US-Japan relations


Shared challenges in advancing women’s economic & political equity


Future of US politics


The visit culminated in a two-day retreat, the US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue, held at the historic Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, located in Tarrytown, New York. Roughly 25 women leaders (and a few men) gathered to discuss issues of shared concern—from empowering women in politics and the workplace to finding ways to promote stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region at a time of heightened security concerns and economic nationalism.











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