History of the Conference

History of the Conference

A brief introduction to past International Conferences for Women in Business

The 19th International Conference for Women in Business


Sunday, July 13, 2014
Game Changer

Feature Speech Marina Mahathir(Writer)
Feature Speech Yoshie Komuro(CEO, Work Life Balance, Co., Ltd.)
Feature Speech Gota Miura(Professional skier, Ph.D. Researcher (Medicine))
Feature Speech Sputniko!(Artist / Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab)
Talk Show Masako Mori(House of Councilors member, lawyer, and deputy secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party)
Nobuhiro Endo(President , NEC Corporation)
Yosuke Yagi(Executive Officer and Executive Vice President LIXIL Group Corporation)
Sayuri Daimon(Executive Operating Officer & Managing Editor The Japan Times Ltd.)
Talk Show Christine Edman(President, H&M Japan)
Makiko Eda(President, Intel K.K. (Japan))
Asako Aoyama(Controller and Senior Executive Officer of Coca-Cola East Japan)
Minori Takao(NHK World News Anchor)
Talk Show Tomoko Ikegai(President of ikg inc. / Space Producer)
Toshie Hiraide(Sake Samurai Coordinator IWC(International Wine Challenge) Ambassador Japan Co-op SACHI Ltd. CEO Kanpai Sake School Headmistress Miss Sake Association / Adviser)
Kyoko Sasaki(Manager Announcer Division Programming and Production Department Fuji Television Network, Inc.)
Interactive Discussion Session 1
  • 【English】We must know what's happening in the world. And change it!
  • Changing the rules within an organization -
    Women in management
  • Create your own market! The masterminds
    behind new brands and new product development
  • Free discussion on childcare reform
Interactive Discussion Session 2
  • 【English】What women can do to move Japan forward
  • What can women presidents and CEOs change?
  • Raising children who can change the future
  • Representing Japan at international institutions

The 18th International Conference for Women in Business


Sunday, August 4, 2013
Be a leader. Commit to excellence.

Feature Speech Kathy M. Matsui(Managing director, Global Investment Research, GoldmanSachs)
Feature Speech Monika Queisser(Head of Social Policy Division OECD)
Feature Speech Yuri Okina(Research Director, Senior Economist The Japan Research Institute, Ltd.)
Feature Speech Fumiko Hayashi(Mayor of the city of Yokohama)
Talk Show Tomomi Inada(Minister in charge of the "Cool Japan" and "Challenge Again" campaigns as well as regulatory,
administrative, and civil service reform initiatives)
Masako Mori(House of Councilors member, lawyer,
and deputy secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party)
Keiko Yamamoto(Reporter, News Department,
NHK Nagoya Broadcasting Station)
Talk Show Kiyoshi Kurokawa(Academic Fellow, National Graduate
Institute for Policy Studies Chairman)
Yuri Okina(Research Director, Senior Economist
The Japan Research Institute, Ltd.)
Talk Show Yasuko Miyajima(Senior Manager of Announcing Department & Programming Department, Executive Announcer, Programming & Entertainment Division, TV Asahi Corporation)
Yuki Ota(Olympic athlete Affiliated with Morinaga & Co. Ltd)
Interactive Discussion Session 1
  • 【English】Closing the Gender Gap
  • Actively pursuing politics. Considering policies.
  • Shaping the body. Training to alter the body.
  • Starting a business! Changing society with your own ideas.
Interactive Discussion Session 2
  • 【English】Negotiation Skills
  • A healthy body and mind
  • Diversity Management. What kind of change do female board members bring?
  • Helping children around the world
Interactive Discussion Session 3
  • 【English】 Is Japan getting its message across?
  • Cultivating both younger and older minds to aim to become the world's best
  • Businesswomen will change Japan!
  • Voice training/facial training

The 17th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 28, 2012
"We move the world forward"

Feature Speech Stuti Jalan(Founder & Managing Director, Crosshairs Communication (India))
Feature Speech Goshi Hosono(Minister of the Environment)
Feature Speech Makiko Eda(Director of Marketing & Consumer Sales, Intel Asia Pacific)
Feature Speech Hiroshi Ishii(Associate Director, MIT Media Lab)
Feature Speech Lin Kobayashi(Executive Director of Foundation for International School of Asia, Karuizawa)
Feature Speech Soichi Noguchi(Astronaut)
Talk Show Yoko Ishikura(Professor of Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University)
Takeshi Natsuno(Professor of Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)
English Rakugo Emiko Magoshi(Professor of International Management, J.F. Oberlin University)
Feature Speech Masamichi Ito(Regional Manager, Cargo Sales - Japan, American Airlines)
Feature Speech Seiko Noda(Member of the House of Representatives)
Interactive Discussion Session 1
  • 'Women making an impact in Asia
  • Moving Japan Forward—Women and the Economy
  • What You Should Do by 35 to Advance Your Career
  • Raise Children that Contribute to the World
  • Information Technology is Changing the World and our Future
Interactive Discussion Session 2
  • Learning from Global Leaders
  • Thinking about Global Issues
  • Thinking about Your Career. Is Management a Good Choice for You?
  • Voice and Face Training to Enhance your Communication Skills
  • Diversity Communication

The 16th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 23, 2011
"Acting and Connecting Beyond Borders"

Feature Speech
  • Fujiyo Ishiguro (President & CEO of Netyear Group Corp)
Feature Speech
  • Yukiko Arai (Senior Specialist at International Labour Organization)
Special Talk
  • Yoko Ishikura (Professor of Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University) Kiyoshi Kurokaw (Professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
10-min. Talk
  • Emiko Okuyama (Mayor of the city of Sendai)
Feature Speech
  • Naoyuki Sato (Communication Director)
  1. Japan's Communication Skills [Conducted in English]
  2. Getting to Know Your Money Better
  3. Keys to Advancing Your Career
  4. Working Styles, Inspired by Working Abroad
  5. The Potential of Social Networks
  6. Strengthening Japanese Companies: New Perspectives by External Board Members
  7. Making Everyday Fun: a Mindset and New Techniques for Creating the Future
  8. Japan's Recovery: Our Ideas

The 15th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 24, 2010
"Making a Difference"

Opening 10-min. Talk
  • Fumiko Hayashi (Mayor of the city of Yokohama)
Feature Speech
  • Yumiko Kamada (General Manager, Life-Style Business Development Headquarters, Station Development & Regional Revitalization Division, East Japan Railway Company)
Special 10-min. Talk
  • Hiroshi Tasaka (Professor, Graduate School of Tama University / President, SophiaBank, Inc.)
Sponsor 10-min. Talk
  • Kazumasa Yoshida (Representative Director and President, Intel K.K.)
Feature Speech
  • Reiko Akiike (Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group)
Luncheon Talk
"Jazz HIKESHI (putting out fires): Preventing War: Thinking about Peace Ads with Maekita/Isezaki Lab"
  • Kenji Isezaki (Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  • Miyako Maekita (Representative, Sustena)
  1. Learning From a Personal Look at Women Leaders
  2. Consumption and Society Moved by Twitter
  3. Just What is the Raison d'Etre of Businesses?
  4. Forever Beautiful and Full of Vitality: the Minds and Health of Working Women
  5. Working Mothers & Working Fathers: Moving Society Together With Working Fathers
  6. Discover Your Possibilities *(Conducted in English)
  7. Making a Difference: Enhancing Japan's Role and Influence *(Conducted in English)
  8. Will Japan's Economy Develop?
  9. The Benefits of a Seductive Career
  10. Cultivating Working Women for Growth
  11. Homes and Environments Sought by Working Women: Lifestyles
  12. Communication to Motivate Others to Action
  13. Who will change politics?

The 14th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 18, 2009
"Act outside the Box"

Keynote Address
  • Kansai Yamamoto (Designer / Producer)
Feature Speech
  • Mami Ito (President, Nihon Dento Kogyo Co., Ltd.)
Feature Speech
  • Nobuyuki Idei (Founder & CEO, Quantum Leaps Corporation)
Feature Speech
  • Yuko Kawamoto (Professor, Waseda University Graduate School of Finace, Accounting and Law)
  1. Advice to Japan by Foreign Businesspersons *(Conducted in English)
  2. Blazing Your Own Career Path
  3. Exploring the Meaning of Accountable Business Management in the New Era
  4. Straight from High-Profile Advertisement Creators: How to Communicate Your Message
  5. Finance Today: Money in Motion
  6. Shape Up for a Winning Body and Mind!
  7. Communicating Assertively Outside of the Box *(Conducted in English)
  8. Communication Techniques for Supervisors and Staff
  9. Change for Japan: Economy, Politics, and Society
  10. The Hidden Story of Hit Products that Defied Convention
  11. Working Women Seeking Marriage and Seeking Divorce
  12. School Education that Nurtures Leadership

The 13th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 19, 2008
"Diversity and Inclusion"

Keynote Address
  • Izumi Kobayashi (President, Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd)
Feature Speech
  • Eun-Mi Chae (Managing Director of FedEx Korea)
Feature Speech
  • Motoshige Ito (Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)
  1. Working and Doing Business in Japan as a Foreigner *(Conducted in English)
  2. Case Studies in Corporate Diversity
  3. Careers and Lifestyles in Your 30s
  4. Learning from Young Entrepreneurs
  5. Diversity and Community Development
  6. Diversity in the Media Industry
  7. Communications Workshop: Adapting to Diversity
  8. Thinking of Asian Women's Roles in the Economy and Society *(Conducted in English)
  9. LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and the Corporate World
  10. What is Happening in the Global and Japanese Economies?
  11. Training Yourself to Think Ethically and Strategically
  12. Careers and Lifestyles for Executives in Their 40s
  13. Wellness (Genki) Management Improves Leadership and Drive
  14. Breaking down the Walls of Common Sense: What Laughter Can Do

The 12th International Conference for Women in Business


Sunday, July 15, 2007
"Vision Quest"
- What We Need To Do Today To Build Our Tomorrow -

Keynote Address
  • Darcy Neill (Executive Trainer)
Feature Speech
  • Junko Edahiro (Environmental Journalist and the translator of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth")
Feature Speech
  • Motoshige Ito (Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)
  1. Vision quest *(Conducted in English)
  2. Communication between corporations and consumers: New online marketing
  3. The "real" state of the global environment and what we can do
  4. Movie production: Giving shape to abstract ideas
  5. Creating growth opportunities: Taking the leadership
  6. Communication: The defference that makes the diiference! *(Conducted in English)
  7. Standard-bearers for corporate reform
  8. Leadership within an era of diversity
  9. Japanese Leadership in Asia
  10. Become a professional: Learning at graduate school
  11. Organic Communication

The 11th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 15, 2006
"Careers and Class: For a more Powerful You"

Keynote Address
  • Naoko Shindo (Medical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO))
Feature Speech
  • Kenichiro Mogi (Brain Scientist Senior Researcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratory
Feature Speech
  • Yoko Ishikura (Professor of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy Hitotsubashi University)
  1. Career-Building: The First 10 Years
  2. Secrets for Staying in Top Condition
  3. Dignity, Decency and Class: People and Companies
  4. How to Read the News
  5. E-Mail Communication *(Conducted in English)
  6. Team Building: How to Inspire Your Subordinates
  7. Managers Who Bring Companies Back to Life
  8. Work/Life Synergy
  9. New Marketing Methods for Companies
  10. Japanese Leadership*(Conducted in English)
  11. If You Understand Investment, You Understand Economics
  12. Anti-Aging and Secrets to Health

The 10th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 16, 2005
"The Next Stage for Women: Corporate and Personal Responsibility
in the Age of CSR"

Keynote Address
  • Miyuki Zeniya (Deputy President, The Saikyo Bank, LTD.)
Feature Speech
  • Kayoko Hosokawa (Chairperson of the NPO, Special Olympics Japan)
Feature Speech
  • Hiromi Wada (President, Perie, Inc.)
  1. Work/Life Balance
  2. Next in Japan: What to Expect of the Japanese Economy
  3. Diversity: Utilizing Women in the CSR Era
  4. Writing a Life Script: Time Management for Translating Dreams into Reality
  5. Pondering Politics: Towards Change in Social "Mechanisms"
  6. Corporate Citizenship-More to It Than Meets the Eye *(Conducted in English)
  7. Career Cramming for the Under 35s
  8. Working in a Position of Authority
  9. Next in Japan: What to Expect in Education, Environment and the Society
  10. Corporate Ethics Education and the Personal Information Protection Law: Attitudes in the CSR Era
  11. The Art of Office Communication
  12. New-style Management: Transforming Companies
  13. Develop Your Assertiveness*(Conducted in English)
  14. Hawaiian Wind: a Workshop on Breathing

The 9th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 24, 2004
"Self Motivation: Turning Passion into Action"

Keynote Address
  • Mamoru Mohri (Astronaut and Director, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Feature Speech
  • Fumiko Hayashi (President, BMW Tokyo Corp.)
Luncheon Talk
  • Shogo Kariyazaki (Flower Arrangement Artist/ Owner, Kariyazaki Shogo school of flower arranging)
  1. Breathing Life Back into Business – Invigorating the Organization and Achieving Results
  2. The Internet - Tips and tricks for the advanced user
  3. Turning Negatives into Positives *(Conducted in English)
  4. Sales Hints: How to Get Things Moving
  5. The Power of Positive Thinking – Make Yourself Happy
  6. Money Management: Making Money Your Friend
  7. Taking the Lead *(Conducted in English)
  8. What You Can Learn From the Media
  9. Change with "Innovation"
  10. Be Your Own Boss
  11. Upgrading Your Career Within the Organization
  12. First Impressions Count – Learn How to Control Deportment

The 8th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 19, 2003
"Global Literacy: Expanding Your Worldview"

Keynote Address
  • Tomomi Nishimoto (Chief Conductor, Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra "Millenium")
Feature Speech
  • Fusae Nara (Attorney and Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP)
Feature Speech
  • Hiroshi Nakada (Mayor of the City of Yokohama)
  1. Presenting Yourself Within the Organization
  2. Japan's Role in the World
  3. Raising Children as Global Citizens
  4. Thinking Flexibly *(Conducted in English)
  5. Health Management - Thinking About Food
  6. Understanding Innovative Entrepreneurial Thinking
  7. The World through the Lens - Tokyo Photo Night *(Conducted in English)
  8. New Innovative Marketing Strategies
  9. "Investment" that can Change the Corporate World
  10. The current situation in China and Korea
  11. Communication Training - Expressing Yourself
  12. Making your Best even Better

The 7th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 20, 2002
"Accepting the Challenge to Change"

Keynote Address
  • Sakie Tachibana Fukushima (Representative Director and Regional Managing Director - Japan, Korn/Ferry International)
Feature Speech
  • Carlos Ghosn (President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor, Co., Ltd.)
Luncheon Talk
  • Kaori Nara Turner (Hollywood Body Make-Up Artist)
  1. Building a Career: Mentoring and Career Advancement
  2. Community Marketing: A Concept
  3. Risk Management for Organizations
  4. Feeling Good: Managing Your Mental and Physical Health
  5. Family Communication
  6. The Real Lives of Freelancers
  7. Redefining Employability
  8. Professional Image: Your Unspoken Message
  9. Profitability and Responsibility
  10. Not Just About Winning: Leadership Qualities that Matter in the 00's
  11. Mixing Love and Work
  12. Lifelong Learning: Growing Throughout Your Life
  13. Taking Control of Your Life: How to Balance Life and Work
  14. Playback Theatre Part 3

The 6th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 14, 2001
"Women and Money: Working towards Financial Independence"

Keynote Address
  • Risa Tanaka (Editor-in-chief, Sendenkaigi )
Feature Speech
  • Kumi Fujisawa (Director, SophiaBank, Limited)
Feature Speech
  • Suchita Vadlamani (Anchor, CNBC Asia)
  1. Financing Your Own Company
  2. Life Plan Simulation: Part 1
  3. Raising Money-Wise Children
  4. Money 101:Part 1
  5. Investment Tips for the Advanced
  6. Moving Ahead in An Organization
  7. Investing in Yourself
  8. Defining Strong Leadership
  9. Women and the Economy
  10. All You Need to Know About Becoming an FP
  11. Finance Online
  12. Life Plan Simulation: Part 2
  13. Money 101: Part 2
  14. Playback Theatre

The 5th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, August 26, 2000
"Women and the Internet"

Keynote Address
  • Marleen McDaniel (Chair and CEO, Women.com Networks, Inc., USA)
Feature Speech
  • Mari Matsunaga (Editorial Director, eWoman)
Feature Speech
  • e-Sook Kim (President and CEO, e-Corportation, Inc., Korea)
  1. Internet Etiquette Made Simple
  2. Motivating Your Own Employees
  3. Working Mother & Child & Stress
  4. The Internet: Where Is It Heading?
  5. SOHO Success Stories
  6. Online Trading 101
  7. The World of Venture Business
  8. Climbing Your Way Up the Corporate Ladder
  9. Getting the Most Out of the Internet
  10. The Way to Build an Internet Community
  11. e-Commerce: Making the Transition into Being Online
  12. Playback Theatre

The 4th International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, September 18, 1999
"Achieving Personal Excellence"

Keynote Address
  • Bernadette Grey (Editor-in-chief of "Working Women" magazine)
Feature Speech
  • Masami Atarashi (President of International Business Brain K.K.)
  • Carmee Lim (Principal of Raffles Girl's School in Singapore)
  • Mariko Tamura (Editor of Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.)
  • Cho Xi (President of You You World Corporation)
Talk Show
  • Kyoko Kubo (Model and Actress)Kaori Sasaki (President of UNICUL International, Inc.)
  1. Being an Excellent Employee
  2. Achieving Excellence as a Freelancer
  3. So you want to be an Entrepreneur?
  4. Profiles of High Achievers
  5. Research Skills on the Internet
  6. Managerial Excellence
  7. Crucial Communications Skills
  8. Opportunities on the Internet
  9. Job Opportunities in Japan
  10. Working Mothers in Japan

The 3rd International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, August 16, 1998
"Being Independent"

Keynote Address
  • Marsha L. Firestone, Ph.D. (Vice President of Women Incorporated) U.S.A
Feature Speeches
  • Masayoshi Fujita (Editor-in-chief of "Newsweek Japan") Naoko Banno (President of Career Strategy Inc. and Quick Inc.)
  1. Secrets of Super Achievers
  2. Self-management for Independent People
  3. Creating Your Own Home Page
  4. Maintaining Good Relationships between Children and Working Moms
  5. Media Literacy
  6. Ethics of the International Business
  7. Using the Internet to Start your SOHO
  8. Financial Changes Brought by Big Bang
  9. Mentor and Mentee
  10. Marketing to Reach Your Customers

The 2nd International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, August 15, 1997
"Business and Relaxation"

Keynote Address & Presentation
  • Ikuo Nishioka (Chairman of Intel K.K.) and Kaori Sasaki(President of UNICUL International, Inc. and NAPW)
Feature Speeches
  • Louise K. Crane (Minister-Counselor, USIA, U.S. Embassy Tokyo)
  • Carmee Lim (Principal of Raffles Girl's School in Singapore)
  • Mariko Tamura (Editor of Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.)
  • Cho Xi (President of You You World Corporation)
  1. The Internet and Your New Work Style
  2. From Give & Take to Give & Given
  3. Women's Health and Relaxation
  4. From employee to Entrepreneur
  5. Developing Leadership Qualities
  6. Work, Kids and Computers
  7. Wellness & Walking
  8. Get Success with the Internet
  9. Setting Up Your Home for SOHO
  10. Finding & Following Your Passion

The 1st International Conference for Women in Business


Saturday, July 6, 1996
"Women in Leadership"

Feature Speeches
  • Terri Lonier (Author of the bestselling book "Working SOLO")
  • Midori Nakajima (President of A"L"IS Inc.)
  • Mari Matunaga (Edior-in-chief of "Works", general editor of "Travail")
  • Marrie Schaefer (Second Secretary, American Embassy)
  • Sakie Fukushima (Vice president & partner of Korn/Ferry International Japan)
  1. Finding and Following Your Passion
  2. Profiles of Super Achievers & the Secrets of their Success
  3. Corporate Board Power
  4. How to Get Your Business Started
  5. Defining Your Leadership Style
  6. The Winning Game: Negotiating Strategies for the Successful Women
  7. Operating a Home-based Business
  8. The Balancing Act: Juggling Motherhood, Eldercare and Career
  9. On-Ramp to the Information Superhighway
  10. Your Personal Health and Fitness
  11. Professional Image: Your Unspoken Message
  12. Rewards of a Non-Profit Career