On 2 July 2019, UNU will host “Japan’s Big Three: Addressing Gender Equality, Immigration, and Declining Population in Japan”, a conversation with Ms Motoko Rich, Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times.
This event will start at 18:30 on 2 July 2019 in the 3F U Thant International Conference Hall at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Japan is experiencing an accelerating population decline; last year, the number of births was the lowest in over a century. It is widely acknowledged that the nation must overcome the barriers that are standing in the way of dealing with this demographic trend and tackle the critical issue of a growing labour shortage.
Recent government policies have sought to bring more women and foreigners into the Japanese workforce by supporting women’s economic advancement and passing a new bill that eases previous restrictions on foreign workers. But what macro- and micro-level changes should be made to promote women’s advancement in the workplace, or to help the nation cope as it opens its doors to more foreign workers? Can revitalising rural areas play a role in resolving the population crisis and, if so, what actions will need to be taken?
Ms Rich will join Ms Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications, to share her perspective on recent efforts to deal with Japan’s population decline and highlight the opportunities that exist.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 1 July 2019) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Ms Motoko Rich is Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times. She has been a reporter with The Times since 2003 and has covered real estate, publishing, economics, and education. She started her journalism career at The Financial Times in London and then worked at The Wall Street Journal for six years in Atlanta and New York.
Ms Rich holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Cambridge. She grew up in New Jersey, Tokyo, and Northern California and currently lives with her husband and two children in Tokyo.
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