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Tuesday, December 03, 2019, 12:00 - 13:30

Bill Emmott, Author of "Japan's Far More Female Future"

(The speech and Q & A will be in English)

"Can Japan be a Country Where Women Shine? Womenomics and More"

Six years have passed since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he would create a Japan "in which women can shine." Bill Emmott, whose 1989 book, "The Sun Also Sets," predicted the bursting of Japan's real estate and stock market bubble the following year, has now written a book in which he states that Japan's future will be determined not by policy changes, or automation, but by how well the country can utilize the creative energies of its women. Bill writes, "We can't predict the future, whatever model-wielding economists, weather-forecasters and fortune-tellers may claim but we can usefully identify the factors in today's world with the potential to make the biggest difference, for good or ill." Drawing on his two most recent books, "Japan's Far More Female Future" and "The Fate of the West," Bill will talk about how the domestic issues of gender inequality and misuse of human capital, and the international issue of repairing and reviving the "Western" network of liberal democracies to which Japan belongs, combine to form the most important determinant of whether Japan will be prosperous, safe and stable in coming decades.

A club regular and former club secretary, Bill Emmott was Tokyo correspondent for The Economist in 1983-86, was editor-in-chief of The Economist in 1993-2006, is the author of 14 books, and is now chairman of the Japan Society of the UK, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and of Trinity College Dublin's Research Institute for Arts & Humanities. He is also an Ushioda Fellow of Tokyo College at the University of Tokyo.
"Japan's Far More Female Future" came out in Japanese in June this year from Nikkei and will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020. "The Fate of the West" appeared in both English and Japanese in 2017.

Doors open for TV crews only at 11:00, all others at 11:45. Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). To attend this event, the luncheon charge for members is 2,600 yen and for non-members 3,900 yen. Registration/cancellation deadlines are 24 hours before the event. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Please note lunch will not be served after the speech begins.
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