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Panel Discussion for Incubation of Women Leaders to be Held

June 18, 2018

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) considers it important to encourage Japanese companies to learn more about the significance of developing leaders among women, women’s human resources and diversifying administrative operators to bring about management effects. As one of the efforts to this end, METI will hold a panel discussion bringing together administrative operators that have appointed female senior staff as executive officers, female executive officers, experts and others as panelists.

1. Background and purpose

The government of Japan has been upholding a policy that companies’ empowerment of diversified human resources, including women, to the maximum possible extent will lead to enhancement of their competitiveness, and under this policy, it has been engaging in efforts for facilitating women’s empowerment and diversity management.

While the base for women’s empowerment in Japan has been expanding in recent years, the ratio of women executive officers to all executive officers still remains at an extremely low level. In light of this, Japan needs to further advance efforts for fostering female leaders and women’s human resources who can be candidates for executive officers.

As an effort to this end, since FY2016, METI, in collaboration with related public interest incorporated foundations, has been supporting the convening of the Executive Program for Women Leaders, an inter-company training course taking advantage of know-how of the Harvard Business School (HBS).

In addition, METI expects that companies’ information disclosure concerning their efforts for incubation and development of women leaders will more and more be considered as important in Japan, as seen in the revision of the Corporate Governance Code and the Diversity 2.0 Action Guidelines in June 2018 that newly require companies to secure the diversity of human resources in companies, including perspectives of gender and internationality, as a prerequisite for companies intending to ensure the effectiveness of their management board.

Against this backdrop, METI considers it important to encourage Japanese companies to learn more about the significance of developing female leaders, women’s human resources and diversifying administrative operators to bring about management effects. As one of the efforts to this end, METI, in collaboration with related associations and legal entities, will hold a panel discussion bringing together administrative operators that have appointed female senior staff as executive officers, female executive officers, experts and others as panelists. The panel discussion will bring together teachers of the Executive Program for Women Leaders, administrative operators that have dispatched staff to the program, and female leaders who attended the program and are candidates for executive officers as panelists. Therethey will explain the characteristics and significance of the program based on their standpoints.

The panel discussion will provide opportunities to discuss and explain the management outcomes brought about by appointment of female senior staff as executive officers, case examples of companies empowering female leaders, female human resources, and efforts required to develop candidate women human resources for leaders, as well as other issues.

Following the panel discussion, METI will hold a networking event as an occasion to encourage participants to exchange information. For details, see Item 2. “Outline of the event.”

2. Outline of the event

  1. Date and time: July 17 (Tue.), 2018; from 18:30-20:30
  2. Venue: Star Room, Tokyo Kaikan, LEVEL XXI
    (21st floor, Urbannet Otemachi Building; 2-2-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
  3. Organizers: METI and HBS Club of Japan
    Supporter: Nomura School of Advanced Management
  4. Schedule (tentative)
    18:00 Reception counter opens
    (Please submit two business cards to the reception counter.)
    18:30-20:00 Panel discussion
    20:00-20:30 Networking event
    Around 20:30 Closing
  5. Panelists (in arbitrary order)
    • Ms. Yumiko Murakami, Head of OECD Tokyo Centre (moderator)
    • Mr. Hiroshi Aoi, President and Representative Director, Marui Group
    • Dr. Masako Egawa, Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University
    • Ms. Yukiko Shimamoto, President, DOCOMO gacco, Inc.
    • Dr. Hirotaka Takeuchi, Professor, HBS
  6. Major topics of the panel discussions (tentative)
    • Management outcomes brought about by the appointment of female senior staff as executive officers;
    • Management outcomes brought about by diversity of human resources in management;
    • Case examples of companies empowering women leaders;
    • Efforts required of companies to develop women human resources as candidates for leaders; etc.
  7. Admission: Free
  8. Language: Japanese

3. How to attend

If you wish to attend the event, visit the website below for prior registration. The application counter will open from June 18 (Mon.) to July 10 (Tue.), 2018. Acceptance of applications will be on a first-come-first-served basis and closed as soon as the fixed number (200) is reached even before the closing date. To allow as many different parties as possible to attend with the limited capacity, the maximum number of participants by one company is three.

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Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau