2022 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue

January–March 2022

JCIE is holding the 2022 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue, a three-part virtual discussion bringing together more than 40 women leaders from across multiple sectors from the United States and Japan. The dialogue is co-chaired by Hon. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Hon. Seiko Noda, who is now Minister in Charge of Women’s Empowerment, Minister of State for Gender Equality, Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate. The dialogue is intended to  provide a platform for women leaders in both countries to share insights and ideas on how best to empower women as full and thriving participants in our economies, governments, and societies, and to create meaningful connections and networks that serve to strengthen and underpin the US-Japan relationship.

This program builds on the discussions from two previous US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue discussions. The inaugural dialogue was held in person in September 2017 in New York, which led to the creation of a Diet caucus in Japan to support young mothers and fathers in the legislature, as well as the launch of a foreign policy study group for women Diet members. The second dialogue was held online in 2021 and focused on the theme of “Advancing Women’s Leadership in a Time of Crisis” to address the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on women, and it resulted in a set of recommendations that were published in a report

 The topics to be covered in our third Dialogue in 2022 are:

Session 1: Gender and the Role of Politics (January 12, 2022)
Session 2: Frameworks for Success—Systems to Empower Women in Politics and Promote Leadership (TBD)
Session 3: Promoting Women in the Digital Society (TBD)

Implementation of many of the proposed reforms discussed at the 2021 dialogue has yet to be achieved, though they have now become part of the mainstream discourse in both countries. This offers room for further discussions among women leaders in Japan and the United States to exchange concrete steps that governments, businesses and other actors can take to bring about the changes that are needed. The 2022 dialogue therefore focuses on discussing key policies and best practices in promoting women in politics to reflect more women’s voices in policymaking, and facilitate discussions between policymakers and leaders of other sectors including businesses and non-profits to promote women in the economy including those in STEM-related fields.

The dialogue was made possible through the generous support of the MRA Foundation. 
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The first session of the 2022 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue began with presentations on each nation’s gender policies. Hon. Seiko Noda discussed her new role in the Kishida cabinet and her plans to improve women’s employment conditions, reform Japan’s workstyle, and address childcare and eldercare in order to permit women to live up to their full capabilities. On the US side, Ms. Jennifer Klein, co-chair of the White House Gender Policy Council, then outlined the Biden administration’s newly released National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, the nation’s first-ever gender strategy, and Rep. Diana DeGette spoke about some of the policies that Congress has passed to improve the lives of women and families, particularly in light of the pandemic. All participants were then invited to voice their thoughts in a roundtable discussion on the impact of policies on key issues affecting women. Some of the topics raised included the importance of the care economy and making caregiving more accessible to all women, ways in which businesses are helping women meet the challenges of the pandemic, the impact that reliance on part-time/freelance jobs for women has on individual financial security and the economy, the undervaluation of women’s work in the nonprofit sector in Japan, and more.

Welcome & Introduction

Ms. Hideko Katsumata, Executive Director & COO, JCIE/Japan
Ms. Peggy Blumenthal, Chair, JCIE/USA; Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education

Initial Remarks from Dialogue Co-Chair

Hon. Diana DeGette, Member, US House of Representatives (D-CO)

Remarks from Resource Persons

Hon. Seiko Noda, Minister in Charge of Women’s Empowerment, Minister of State for Gender Equality, Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate (LDP)
Ms. Jennifer Klein, Co-chair, White House Gender Policy Council

Moderated Discussion

United States

Co-chair | Diana DeGette

Member, House of Representatives (D-CO)

Manira Alva

Vice President, Issue Advocacy, Vital Voices Global Partnership

Co-host | Peggy Blumenthal

Chair, JCIE/USA; Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education (IIE)

Susan Berresford

Former President, Ford Foundation

Suzanne Bonamici

Member, House of Representatives (D-OR)

Anne Boneparte

President, Three Degrees

Claire Chino

President & CEO, ITOCHU International Inc.

Wendy Cutler

Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute

Barbara Dyer

Senior Lecturer and Executive Director, Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative, MIT Sloan School of Management

Atsuko Fish

Founder, Japan Women’s Leadership Initiative
Trustee, Fish Family Foundation

Kazuyo Kato

Executive Director, JCIE/USA

Sarah Kemp

Associate Vice President, Head Global Women’s Health Policy and ESG Strategy

Rie Kijima

Inaugural director of the Initiative for Education Policy and Innovation at the Centre for the Study of Global Japan, University of Toronto; Co-Founder of STEAM labo called SKY Labo

Marie Kissel

Senior Advisor for Government Affairs, Abbott

Jennifer Klein

Co-Chair of the White House Gender Policy Council, The White House

Yukiko Morishita

General Manager, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., Washington Office

Elizabeth “Libbie” Prescott

Director, Fellowships Office, Policy and Global Affairs Division, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Susan Roos

Chief Administrative Officer, Geodesic Capital

Jean Sinzdak

Associate Director at Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

Sheila Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Rachel Vogelstein

Senior Advisor, White House Gender Policy Council, The White House

Teresa Younger

President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women




Co-chair | Seiko Noda

Minister of State for Gender Equality; Minister in Charge of Women’s Empowerment; Minister for Measures for Declining Birthrate; Minister in Charge of Policies Related to Children; Minister of State for Regional Revitalization; Minister in Charge of Measures for Loneliness and Isolation; Member, House of Representatives of Japan (LDP)

Noriko Akiyama

Senior Political Writer, Asahi Shimbun

Mariko Eguchi

Vice President, Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.

Sachiko Habu

Editor-in-chief, Nikkei xwoman

Tomoko Hayashi

Director-General, Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office of Japan 

Naoko Ishida

Managing Officer & General Manager, Accounting Department, Prince Hotels, Inc.

Takae Ito

Member, House of Councillors (Komeito)

Takae Ito

Member, House of Councillors (Democratic Party for the People, DPFP)

Co-host | Hideko Katsumata

Executive Director and COO, JCIE/Japan

Izumi Kobayashi

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mizuho Financial Group Inc.; Member of the Board of Director, ANA Holdings, Inc., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and OMRON Corporation

Yukako Maekawa

Senior Vice President, General Manager, Marketing Department of Management Service Division, NTT Learning Systems Corporation

Kana Morimura

Partner, Sharman & Sterling LLP

Yumiko Murakami

Head, OECD Tokyo Centre

Tazuko Shibusawa

Member, Executive Board of the Eiichi Shibusawa Memorial Foundation and the MRA Foundation

Hiroko Shinjo

Executive Director, Talent Development Department, Talent Innovation HQs, Eisai Co., Ltd.

Yuko Shoriki

Senior Vice President, NEC Platforms, Ltd.

Maiko Tajima

Member of the House of Representatives (CDP)

Hiromi Takase

Member, House of Councillors (Komeito)

Keiko Tashiro

Vice President, Daiwa Securities Group Inc.

Yukako Uchinaga

Board Chair, J-Win (Japan Women’s Innovative Network)

Keiko Yokoyama

President, NTT Media Supply Co., Ltd.




Catherine Kobayashi

NHK World News Anchor & Reporter

Daisuke Sakuraba

Consul, Consulate General of Japan in New York

Kim Gould Ashizawa

Senior Advisor, JCIE/USA

Hayley Hutchison

Program Officer, JCIE/USA

Stephen McHugh

Assistant Program Officer, JCIE/USA

Hifumi Tajima

Chief Program Officer, JCIE/Japan