Why Women Leaders? Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders in Japan | Online Webinar

Together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies we are delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘Why Women Leaders? Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders in Japan.’

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Time: 9-10 AM
Registration is required:

This event is partly pre-recorded with live Q&A Session.


    • Chancellor Prof. Mariko Bando, Chancellor, Showa Women’s University,
    • Prof. Gerardine Doyle, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School,
    • Prof. Christina Davis, Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations & Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University – External Academic Advisor for the UCD Centre for Japanese Studies

A pioneering role-model and leading advocate for the empowerment of women and gender equality in Japan, Prof. Mariko Bando (Chancellor of Showa Women’s University) will speak about why fostering women leaders is so important for Japan and the world.

Prof. Mariko Bando is a prolific author of more than 40 books, including Toward a Gender-Equal Society and The Dignity of a Woman, which has sold more than 3 million copies and was Japan’s #1 best seller in 2007.

After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1969, she embarked on a path-breaking career that began as the first woman to be employed at the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office as a career bureaucrat. She chose to continue working even after marriage and children and served the Japanese government in various capacities for 34 years. In 1998 she became the first woman to serve as Japanese Consul General in Brisbane, Australia. From 2001-03, she was Director-General of the Bureau for Gender Equality under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

She was director of the Japan National Committee of UNIFEM (the United Nations Development Fund for Women).

She was a visiting research fellow at Harvard University’s Bunting Institute and the Kennedy School of Government, where she conducted a comparative study of women executives in the US and Japan. She joined Showa Women’s University in 2004, became president in 2007 and Chancellor in 2014. She is a proud mother of two daughters.

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Why Japan Matters? | Online Webinar

Together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies we are delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘Why Japan matters?’ with H.E. Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2021
Time: 1-2 PM
Registration is required:


His Excellency Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, will talk about the relationship between Ireland and Japan, particularly why Ireland and Irish people should engage with Japan. What are the commonalities between the two countries and peoples? What is the significance and benefit of focusing on Japan? What can Ireland and Irish people offer to Japan and Japanese people?

Ambassador Kitano was posted to Dublin in August 2019. He has over 40 years experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy at both Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Headquarters as well as Embassies and Permanent Missions abroad.

He has authored and co-edited four books in Japanese on such areas as public diplomacy and disarmament/non-proliferation. He has also contributed articles and research papers to English academic journals. His most recent article is ‘Ireland’s Neutrality Policy and Japan’s Alliance Policy’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 2020, (2020). This article is based on his lecture for Dr Declan Downey’s final year History Module, Rise, Fall, Rise of Modern Japan at University College Dublin in April 2020.

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