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Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:00 - 14:00

"Is Japanese academia ready for women leaders? Top university educators speak out."
Masako Egawa
Director , University of Tokyo
Yuko Tanaka
President of Hosei University
Kayo Inaba
Vice-President for Gender Equality & Director of the Center for Women Researchers, Kyoto University
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation

 "Is Japanese academia ready for women leaders? Top university educatorsspeak out."

 Memories are still fresh of the dramatic rise and fall of stem cell biologist Haruko Obokata, a shining star among women in science after she claimed to have developed a radically simple way to make cells, only to have to retract her findings after an internet campaign exposed irregularities in her team's research. Before her fall from grace,Obokata was hailed as a role model - not only for her achievements butfor her girlish charm - proving to a skeptical nation that you can besmart and cute at the same time. Now, with her breakthrough report back to square one, the public has been quick to turn on her. She has been accused of using her feminine wiles to get ahead at her research facilities. Would this have happened to a man?

 We have invited three top female academics from the most prestigious national and private universities to discuss whether gender equality exists within higher education in Japan. Kayo Inaba of Kyoto University is herself a cell and immunology expert, and will speak in particular about the scientific field – and whether things are different for women there than they are in the liberal arts. Hosei University President Yuko Tanaka will give us the picture on academia's women leaders, explaining why female presidents make up only8.7 percent in Japan's 746 universities, and mostly at women’s collegesand vocational schools. Masako Egawa of the University of Tokyo will talk about what it's like to be a woman at that most hallowed of academic institutions, Todai, and also draw comparisons with other Asian universities based on her work on a gender-gap report among Asia-Pacific universities.

 All three women have rich experience in pursuing careers in the privatesector, advising governments and working overseas, so look forward to an incisive and insightful view of the women in the ivory tower.

 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 onion sauce) 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.

 *Working Pressは1時間、Associate, non-memberは24時間以内のキャンセルはフルチャージとなりますのでご注意ください。なおキャンセルは電話でのみ承ります。      

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Masako Egawa                Yuko Tanaka                 Kayo Tanaka

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