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Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 12:00 - 13:30

Author of the First "Womenomics" Report in 1999
Kathy Matsui
Chief Japan Equity Strategist, Goldman Sachs
Language: The speech and Q&a will be in English

 Just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was getting comfortable with inserting "womenonomics" into his Abenomics policy speeches, a sexist heckler from his own party ranks has caused a national outcry with his chauvinist remarks and had to be forced to apologise to a Tokyo Metropolitan councilwoman. Many in the country were wearily reminded that for all the government talk, little has changed in the attitudes towards women in Japan.

 Kathy Matsui returns to the FCCJ to tell us if there is any hope for Japan finally and truly seizing the opportunity to turn its female population into an economic force, or whether deep-seated sexism will continue to undermine progress.

 Matsui is co-head of Economics, Commodities and Strategy (ECS) Research in Asia, chief Japan equity strategist and co-head of Asia Investment Research. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and was named A partner in 2000. In 2007, she was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the "10 Women to Watch in Asia" for her work on the "Womenomics" theme. She has served on various financial and industrial advisory boards in Japan.

 Fifteen years after her first womenomics report in 1999 which warned of the risks to the Japanese economy of not leveraging its female population, Matsui has just released Womenomics 4.0. But has it truly become any easier or more attractive for women to stay in the workplace, or is Japan still avoiding genuine change? Who or what is holding The country back? Certainly, thebehaviour of men like Tokyo city lawmaker Akihiro Suzuki and several of his buddies who recently hurled verbal abuse at female colleague Ayaka Shiomura is not encouraging. Come and hear the latest from the front lines of the Womenomics battle, by the person who first defined the problem and gave it its name.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: grilled pork with butter rice and hot vegetables.) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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