International Workshop - 1 Mar 2017

  • Date

  • Location

    Tokyo Women’s Plaza Hall(5-53-67Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
  • Organizers

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

- Toward an Intercultural Society: Focusing on Life and Active Participation of Foreign Women in Japan -

Time and Date: 13:00-17:15, Wednesday,1 March,2017 (doors open at 12:30)
Venue: Tokyo Women’s Plaza Hall(5-53-67Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Host Organizations: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Support Organizations: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)

People to people exchange is becoming increasingly important in this globalizing world. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hopes that every one of 2.3 million foreign nationals residing in Japan for work, study, or their families, enjoys the Japanese society, acts as bridges connecting Japan and their countries, and gains deeper understanding of Japanese culture.

The 8th Annual Workshop, co-hosted with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is focusing on “Foreign Women” as this year’s theme. With more active and greater roles for women expected, such as the introduction of the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, this workshop aims to discuss how foreign women contribute to the Japanese society through their active participation, from their experiences and perspectives as well as their supporters. The presentation and discussion by the foreign women based on their engagement and participation in various fields will provide insight into the challenges and needs of foreign residents in the Japanese society. The experience of the women drawn at this workshop will show just a simple communication and consideration for others can help to close the gap between the Japanese society and foreign residents, and provide an opportunity to build better relationships for all.

We are sincerely looking forward to your attendance.


* English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided

13:00  Introduction

13:05  Opening Remarks by
 Mr. Kentaro SONOURA, State Minister for Foreign Affairs (TBC)

13:10  Keynote Speech by
 Amb. William Lacy SWING, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM)

13:25  Presentation by guest foreign experts
 Professor JUNG Mi Ae, Institute of Japanese Studies, Kookmin University, Korea
 Ms. Xyza BACANI, Documentary Photographer

13:55  Break

14:00  Panel Discussion
 Moderator: Professor Keizo YAMAWAKI, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University
 Panel 1: Livelihood of Foreign Women and Cohesive Society
 Panelists: Ms. Maria Luisa C. OKUYAMA, Catholic Tokyo International Center
      Ms. Anna ONO, Multicultural Center Osaka
      Ms. Nina HAKKARAINEN, Director at Foreign Women’s Association PARUYON

15:30  Break

15:40  Panel Discussion
 Panel 2: Building a Society Where Foreign Women Can Play an Active Role in Various Fields
 Panelists: Ms. Mitsuko FUKUYAMA, Association of Welfare Service Business Operators in Yokohama City
      Ms. Flavia YANASE, Google LLC
      Ms. Noemi INOUE, Member of Sumida Ward Assembly

17:10  Closing Remarks by
 Mr. Masaki NOKE, Director-General, Consular Affairs Bureau, MOFA

17:15  End

Workshop Venue

Tokyo Women’s Plaza (Hall)
Tel: 03-5467-1711
Address: 5-53-67 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

[By train]
7 minute walk from Omotesando subway station (Exit B2)
(Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, Chiyoda Line)
[By Toei bus (Shibu-88 route)]
2 minute walk from the Aoyama-Gakuin-mae bus stop
2nd stop from Shibuya station.
* Please use public transportation to travel to the venue.


Registration deadline: Sunday, 26 February 2017 (Registration period is over)

Advanced registration is required for attending the workshop.  Those without advanced registration will not be admitted to the workshop.
- Personal data submitted to the secretariat will be properly administered and used exclusively for the purpose of the management of the workshop.
- The secretariat will not send emails, fax, etc. to confirm the receipt of registration.
- The registrants will be notified by the secretariat in case they are not able to attend the workshop due to seating capacity.


For general inquiries:
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Online inquiry form

Tel: 03-3595-2487
10:00-12:30, 13:30-18:00
(except on Sat, Sun & holidays)

For inquiries on the venue:
Tokyo Women's Plaza
Tokyo Women's Plaza website