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January 2014

Leaning In - The Power of Womenomics -


The ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit - partnership for peace and stability - / Japan-Turkey Summit Meeting

Leaning In - The Power of Womenomics -


Interview: Makiko Arima
Japan's contribution to gender equality and the empowerment of women

For more than a decade, she served as the Japanese government's representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. We spoke with her about advocating gender equality and Japan's contributions to the cause.

The Mita'i Foundation
One woman aims to aid a nation

Dr. Yoko Fujikake, now a professor at the Graduate School of Urban Innovation at Yokohama National University, first visited Paraguay as a volunteer with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 1993. Discovering a bond with the socially repressed women she met there, she established the Mita'i Foundation, which aimed to support the inhabitants of Paraguay's rural areas.

Microfinance: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), women account for an average of 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. Yet women have less access than men to productive resources such as land and livestock, and also have less access to financial services, education and technology.

Supporting women's health in developing countries

The Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) is an international cooperation NGO that works with women  particularly expectant or nursing mothers  in developing countries to protect their health and lives, aiming to improve the circumstances they face every day.

An End to the Trafficking of Wome

The words 'human trafficking' conjures up an image of something that exists in the dark recesses of the world - something that has nothing to do with the average person. Yet in reality, human trafficking is a ubiquitous concern. And according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), women and girls account for 79% of victims.

Interview: Minister Masako Mori
A heroine at the helm of a society where women shine

At the end of 2012, a new Japanese hero was born with the appointment of Masako Mori as Minister of State in charge of Women's Empowerment and Child-Rearing.
Mori is also a working mother, succeeding in one of Japan's top career paths even as she finds time to tweet pictures of the school lunches she makes for her two daughters each morning. We spoke to her about the Japanese government's efforts toward promoting the empowerment of women.


Providing Support for Women's Success through Diversity Management

M2 Labo

A Faster, Fresher, Friendlier Approach to Agribusiness


Practical Fashion for Nursing Comfort

Saccora Japan

New Life from Old Cloth


New Year's Games: Gantan no Asobi

While nowadays people are most likely to watch TV and play video games over the holidays, there are a variety of games that have been traditionally played at New Year's in Japan.

Spiber Inc.

Artificial spider silk swings into the future.

Noriko Hayashi: shedding light on the overlooked

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Noriko Hayashi's photos could fill an ncyclopedia on the subjects of desolation, pain and solitude.


Mount Oyama


A Hearty Welcome