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Fostering a New Generation of Women Leaders

Japan recently brought into force a new law aimed at closing the gender gap in the nation’s workforce by bringing more women into mid- and upper-management positions. To prepare women for civic and private leadership roles, a program run in cooperation with the US-Japan Council and other partners provides young female college students unique opportunities to learn from prominent leaders in both Japan and the United States.

Can “Womenomics” Save the Japanese Economy?

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has placed women-centered policies at the heart of his “Abenomics” growth strategy. While Japanese women have begun playing a larger role in the labor force, they still lag far behind their counterparts in other developed countries, especially when it comes to leadership positions. Abe hopes to reinvigorate the economy by unleashing the power of "womenomics."

A First Reshuffle for Second Abe Cabinet (September 2014)

On September 3, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō announced the results of his first cabinet reshuffle since assuming office for the second time in December 2012. Six senior ministers retained their positions, including Deputy Prime Minister Asō Tarō, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio. Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Ishiba Shigeru took the newly created post of minister in charge of reviving local economies.

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