W-20 JAPAN 2019

5th WAW!/W20 Program

Messages from Moderators and Panelists(PDF)

Day 1:Saturday, March 23

WAW!/W20Joint Session




Opening Speech (at Fuyo)
Delivery of the 2019 W20 Communiqué


Keynote Speeches (at Fuyo)

  • Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Special Address

  • Gabriela Michetti, Vice President of the Argentine Republic




“Human ResourceDevelopmentin aChanging Society with Technology Transformation”
Concept Note (PDF)) (at Fuyo)

  • Introduction Statement (Video Message)
  • Masahiko Uotani, Representative Director, President and CEO, Shiseido Company, Limited
  • Moderator
  • Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Panelists
  • Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Shojiro Nishio, President, Osaka University
  • Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

 New technology transformation brings rapid changes to people’s lives and ways of working. It is necessary to develop human resources not for widening gaps but for widely bringing benefits to a society and strengthening the international competitiveness by technology transformation. What kind of investment is necessary for everyone to choose one’s own working style by fully benefiting from new technology?
“Gender Equality” is set as Goal 5, one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. This panel discussion is related to the Goal 5 and also closely related to SDGs Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure).

  • Importance of higher education that has the international competitiveness
  • Human resource development not to bring digital gap
  • Education for gender equality in primary and secondly schools and Increasing women’s participation in STEM(education and career)
  • Girl’s education in developing countries
  • Importance of higher education including occupational education(economic independence and increased chances)
  • Human resource development according to life stage (recurrent education and lifelong education)
  • Preparation for the expansion of business opportunities (expansion of the access to financial resources, starting a business , and telework)

WAW! Session


WAW! Panel Discussion
"Leadership for Regional Development and Job Creation"
Concept Note (PDF)(at Fuyo)

  • Introduction Statement
  • Satsuki Katayama, Minister of State for Regional Revitalization, Regulatory Reform, Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment and PPP/PFI
  • Moderator
  • Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University / Director, Gender Action Platform (GAP)
  • Panelists
  • Alice Graham, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Satsuki Katayama, Minister of State for Regional Revitalization, Regulatory Reform, Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment and PPP/PFI
  • Muneharu Nakagai, Mayor of Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Kanako Sato, CEO, snow days farm company
  • Kenji Shoji, Vice Chair-person, National Council of Commissioned Welfare Volunteers

 Rural development constitutes an important policy issue. Top management should bring changes in the consciousness of people. For sustainable town planning and community planning, how rural areas can strongly develop with economics and diversity? This panel discussion is closely related to SDGs Goal 5 (Gender Equality), and also Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

  • Utilization of new technologies
  • Need for job creation and challenges in starting a business
  • Women’s active role in the primary industry
  • Leadership of local municipalities leaders
  • Women’s participation in local politics
  • Gender consciousness in rural areas

W20 Session


W20 Panel Discussion 1
"Closing the Gender Gap for New Prosperity: Enhancing Governance for Women's Empowerment"
Concept Note (PDF)(at Fuyo)

  • Introduction Statement
  • Satsuki Katayama, Minister of State for Regional Revitalization, Regulatory Reform, Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment and PPP/PFI
  • Moderator
  • Angela Mackay, Global Publisher, Financial Times Live & Managing Director, Asia Pacific
  • Video Message
  • Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20
  • Panelists
  • Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama
  • Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Center (ITC)
  • Ai Hua Ong, Company Group Chairman, Janssen Asia Pacific Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
  • Satoshi Tanaka, Representative Director, Executive Vice President, MitsuiI & Co., Ltd.
  • Miki Tsusaka, Senior Partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group

 It is said that 12 trillion dollars could be added to global GDP by creating new market through closing gender gap. What is the redefined wealth and new economic growth beyond women’s empowerment? New governance committing to the innovative changes would be also discussed.



WAW! Session


WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 1
"Media and Contents to Nurture Diversity"
Concept Note (PDF)(at Fuyo)

  • Moderator
  • Tetsuya Honda, Managing Director, CEO, BlueCurrent Japan Inc.
  • Panelists
  • Ikuho Maeda, New Business Incubation Office Coordinator, The Asahi Shimbun Company
  • BBalaka Niyazee, Vice President, P&G Korea Selling & Market Operations
  • haru. , Editor in Chief, HIGH(er) magazine / Student (Youth Representative)
  • Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala
  • Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia
  • akashi Washio, Excecutive Director, Toei Animation Co., Ltd.

 In recent years, it has been pointed out that the media and communication industry plays a role in shaping a stereotypical view of people in the roles of men and women. While new media such as SNS and targeted advertisement is developing, how the media meets the social demand calling for diversity? This panel discussion is closely related to SDGs Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

  • Diversification of personal publishing tools (such as SNS and YouTube) and protection of personal information
  • Creation of stereotypes (gender bias(including LGBT)) by the media and breaking down of such ideas
  • Background of online shaming about gender issues (gaps between producers and audiences)
  • Global trends in the media and communication industry


WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 2
"Women's Participation in Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Post Conflict Recovery"
Concept Note (PDF)(at edo ROOM)

  • Moderator
  • Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director of UN Women Asia Pacific
  • Video Message
  • Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Panelists
  • Michelle Bekkering, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3)
  • Hanaa Edwar George Busha, Chairperson of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association
  • Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Nagi Maeoka, Fundraiser of World Vision Japan, Student of Political Science at Seikei University (Youth Representative)
  • Bandana Rana, Vice-President of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Joanna Roper, Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Special Envoy for Gender Equality of the United Kingdom

 Challenges in peace building and reconstruction in post-conflicts and its resolutions as well as current trends and Japan’s efforts will be discussed. This panel discussion is closely related to SDGs Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

  • Sexual violence under conflict (the background of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018)
  • Women, Peace and Security (supporting National Action Plan in Asia-Pacific region)
  • Anti-terrorism policy (prevention of radicalization and resolution of root causes)
  • Roles of Women’s Support Center

W20 Session


W20 High-Level Panel Discussion 1
"Creation of New Market Value by Women Entrepreneurs"
Concept Note (PDF)Concept Note (PDF) (at Rei)

  • Moderator
  • Virginia Littlejohn, President and Co-Founder, Quantum Leaps
  • Panelists
  • Atsuko Toko Fish, Founder, Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (JWLI)
  • Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria
  • Teiko Kudo, Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Mariko Magnan, Founder and CEO, TPO co., ltd.
  • Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International

 What are issues for women’s own businesses to secure the access to financial services and get enough opportunities to public procurement and what is a role we expect to the G20’s leadership? This panel discussion discusses a new business vision expanded by women’s entrepreneurs’ participation in market.


W20 Special Session 1
"Gender Lens Investing: Emerging Global Trends"
Concept Note (PDF) (at Sho)

  • Moderator
  • Mari Kogiso, Director, Gender Innovation Department, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Panelists
  • Ryan Brennan, Acting Executive Vice President, Office of Investment Policy, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Benjamin Colton, Head of APAC, Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors
  • Cynthia L. Drakeman, Founding CEO, DoubleXEconomy
  • Diana van Maasdijk, Co-founder and CEO at Equileap
  • Tadashi Maeda, Governor & Representative Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
  • Mara Marinaki EU/EEAS Principal Advisor on Gender and on UNSCR 1325 (Opening Speech)
  • Asako Osaki, National Coordinator, We Empower Japan (Closing Speech)Visiting Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University / Executive Director, Gender Action Platform (GAP
  • Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Day 2:Sunday, March 24



WAW! Session


WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 3
"Diversity for Growth: Corporate Management and Working Environment"
Concept Note (PDF) (Rei)

  • Moderator
  • Renge Jibu, Researcher, Showa Women's University
  • Panelists
  • Francine Baron, Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Soichiro Chiba, Chairman, Y20 Committee (Youth Representative)
  • Claudia Christovau, Head of Brand Studio APAC, Global Creative Lead of Women Will, Google
  • Yoriko Goto, Chair of the Board, Deloitte Tohmatsu Group
  • Kimie Iwata, Director, Kirin Holdings
  • Norihiro Takahashi, President, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

 As ESG investing is getting attention in Japan, diversity started to become an important index to evaluate company values. How company leaders secure the diversity in corporate management? What is necessary for connecting diversity to company’s growth? What are necessary to respect differences of people and to eliminate power harassment and sexual harassment? This panel discussion is closely related to SDGs Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

  • Background of ESG investing expansion
  • Diversity management in Japan and other countries
  • Improving working environment (how to respond to #MeToo movement, sexual harassment and power harassment)


WAW! High-Level Panel Discussion 4
"Future of Family: Getting Support, Utilizing and Sharing"
Concept Note (PDF) (at edo ROOM)

  • Moderator
  • Shungo Koreeda, Researcher, Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.
  • Panelists
  • Nicole Ameline, Vice-President of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Rui Matsukawa, Member of the House of Councillors
  • Soshi Matsuoka, Executive Director, General Incorporated Association, fair (Youth Representative)
  • Toshiyuki Tanaka, Associate Professor, Taisho University
  • Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Ziauddin Yousafzai, Co-Founder and board member of Malala Fund

 While developed countries face a declining birth rate and an aging population, population growth with high rates of birth and infant mortality has been serious problems in developing countries. In such situation, how to redistribute unpaid care works such as child- rearing and caregiving is a global agenda. Based on the prior discussion in WAW! 2017, the issues will be discussed more practically. This panel discussion is closely related to SDGs Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 1 (No Poverty) and Goal 10 (Reduce Inequalities).

  • New role-sharing arrangement (work-life balance, redistribution of unpaid care work, hiring care workers (turning unpaid care work into paid work), visualization of unpaid care work with using ICT
  • Dealing with poverty problems of single-parent families
  • Diversity (including LGBT) and future of family来

W20 Session


W20 High-Level Panel Discussion 2
"Towards the Gender Equality in the Digital Era"
Concept Note (PDF) (at Sho)

  • Moderator
  • Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Connected Women and Connected Society at GSMA
  • Panelists
  • Heather Barnabe, President, Girls 20
  • Masami Katakura, EY Japan Managing Partner, BMC (Brand, Marketing and Communication), Gender Leader
  • Shunichi Kushima, Director and Country Category Manager, Personal Systems and Services & Solutions, HP Japan Inc.
  • Keita Matsunami, General Manager, Global Talent Acquisition and Development Dept., Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

 While development of digitalization brings new opportunities to many women including those living in rural areas and enable them to have work-life balance, it also poses threats like the development of gig economy* and online harassment. How all genders get maximum benefits from digitalization while avoiding the threats? *It means an economy where organizations and businesses rely more on freelancers and independent workers, contracted on a short-term basis through online platform.

W20 Special Session 2
"Women as Patients and Caregivers: Improving Gender Equity and Labor Inclusion by Addressing Healthcare Disparities"
Concept Note (at ARIES)

  • Keynote Speeches
  • Lisa Deschamps, Neuroscience World Wide Business Franchise Head, Novartis AG
  • Izumi Kawachi, Lecturer, Niigata University
  • Panelists
  • Asei Machi, Announcer/ Journalist (Moderator)
  • Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender Group, World Bank
  • Elena Rodriquez, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Novartis AG
  • Izumi Kawachi, Lecturer, Niigata University
  • Misako Tanaka, Oncology Division, Novartis Pharma K.K.
  • Closing Speech
  • Li Deng, Member of the Standing Committee, Member of the Social Development Committee of the 13th National People's Congress, Member of the Party Leadership Group of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) , Curator of China National Museum on Women and Children



WAW!/W20 Joint Session


Special Guest Interview (at Fuyo)

  • Kimiko Date, Tennis Player / JICA Official Supporter


W20 Panel Discussion 2
"Closing the Gender Gaps at Work: Leading a Happy Work and Life"
Concept Note (PDF)Open a New Window) (at Fuyo)

  • Introduction Statement
  • Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama
  • Moderator
  • Hiroko Kuniya, Member of the Board of Trustees to the Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Panelists
  • Susan Ferrier, Global Head of People, KPMG International
  • Shoji Ito, Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
  • Stacey Kennedy, President, South & South East Asia Region, Philip Morris Internationa
  • Yukiko Muto, President of Uber Eats, Japan
  • Naomi Yamamoto, Corporate Officer, Chief Creative Officer, Creative, Beauty Creation, Social Value Creation, Shiseido Company, Limited

 The G20 countries have committed to reduce the gender gap in labor participation 25% by 2025. To achieve this goal, it is important that each sectors in each countries cooperate to close several gender gaps such as employment rate, equal payment for equal work value, and equal role-sharing in care work. Appeal enhancing its actions by learning best practices and their impacts.

WAW!/W20 Joint Session


Closing Session (at Fuyo)
Panel Discussion among Foreign Ministers

  • María Dolores Agüero Lara, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Hondura
  • Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
  • Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

WAW! Wrap Up
W20 Troika Session

  • Elva Susana Balbo, W20 Chair 2018
  • Salma Al-Rashid, 2019 head of delegation - Saudi Arabia
  • Yoriko Meguro, W20 Japan Steering Committee Co-Chair
  • Haruno Yoshida, W20 Japan Steering Committee Co-Chair

Closing Speech

  • Akie Abe, Spouse of Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe

5th WAW!/W20 We are accepting additional registrations

General Audience Registration is now closed, due to the number of applications exceeding its maximum.
We are accepting additional registrations to be on the waiting list from 12:00 March 5 - 15:00 March 12, 2019.
However, please be noted that this is NOT to guarantee your registration
and those who are registered will be contacted.