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Friday, October 31, 2014, 15:00 - 16:00

Society at a Glance; Asia/Pacific 2014
Willem Adema
Senior Economist, Social Policy Division, OECD
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 Among Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's growth strategies is a goal to increase female labor participation and promote more women and younger people to executive positions at Japanese firms. But a third of single women are living in poverty in Japan and over half of single-mother households are stuck under the poverty line (1.12 million annual income).

 Since 1985, the dual-track system at the entrance of the Japanese labor market has effectively put mostly men on secure career paths and assigned many women to non-career, assistant roles. Women's salaries are still only 70% of men's on average.

 Against this backdrop, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release the third edition of its Society at a Glance Asia Pacific report on Oct. 31.     

 Willem Adema, senior economist at the OECD's social policy division, will discuss how Japan compares to other Asian countries in terms of gender equality in the labor market, education and politics. He leads a team of analysts of family and child policies as the project manager of the OECD Gender Initiative.

 Adema graduated from the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam, and holds a doctorate from St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.      

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