Spotlight on Japan 2017

When: March 7 2017

Where: Tokyo, Japan


Can Japan #BeBoldForChange?

Japan slides to 111th in WEF gender equality rankings. The Global Gender Gap Report 2016, an annual benchmarking exercise by the World Economic Forum (WEF), found that despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for women to play a greater role in society, the nation had done little to make more use of its female talent since its ranking at 101st last year. We are calling on you to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. As the founder of Mums in Business Tokyo and Spotlight on Japan it is my privilege to be able to highlight some of the challenges in Japan and celebrate the successes. As a Spotlight Ambassador, my #BeBoldForChange commitment is to connect a panel of inspirational speakers with an audience of entrepreneurs, business leaders and individuals at all stages of their career, along with words of wisdom from our Spotlight Ambassadors, and encourage everyone pledge support to achieve gender parity.

We invite you to #BeBoldForChange

On March 7th do something meaningful.  Do something memorable. Do something fun.  Do something which can make a difference to gender equality.

In March 2017, around the world, millions of people will come together to mark International Women’s Day. On March 7th, in Tokyo, we will be shining the spotlight on Japan; celebrating achievements, best practice, small victories and innovations. Gender equality is something that affects everyone, whether female or male, a parent, a grandparent, aunt or uncle, working or non-working.

Inspirational speakers

In addition to enjoying fine wines and delicious food we’ll be hearing from a panel of inspirational speakers.  Already confirmed are:

  • Jennifer Shinkai - Independent Facilitator and Executive Coach
  • Sonja Vodusek - General Manager, The Peninsula Tokyo
  • Yukako Caffrey - Deputy COO, Barclays
  • Ai Otsu - Senior Director, CBRE Japan
  • Jesper Edman - Assistant Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

Make a difference

Spotlight on Japan 2017, hosted by Mums in Business Tokyo and The Peninsula Tokyo, is delighted to welcome everyone who wants to make a difference; at a personal, charitable, community or professional level, to come along for an inspiring, fun and interactive evening.  We invite you to #BeBoldForChange

Plus, we will be supporting The Lemon Project, Run for the Cure® Foundation education project.


When: Tuesday 7th March 2017  |  6:30pm (Doors open at 6:15pm)
Where: Peter  |  24th Floor  |  The Peninsula Tokyo  |  1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tickets: 10,000 JPY - Available for purchase from Mums in Business Tokyo -




HEADLINE SPONSOR - Spartan Race Japan

GOLD SPONSORS - AIG, Robert Walters Japan

SUPPORTING SPONSORS - BCCJ, British Council, Dale Carnegie, GSK, Jennifer Shinkai, Life14, The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo

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