Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to her father U.S. President Donald Trump, arrived in Japan on Thursday, November 2 for a three-day stay before her father arrives.
On Nov 3, she gave a speech about women’s involvement in the economy and entrepreneurship at the fourth annual World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2017, aiming to create a “society where women shine.” This organization is hosted by the government of Japan and more than 60 women in politics, business and international organizations representative including World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva and Pramila Patten, U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, according to the Foreign Ministry.
The conference started with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s opening remarks. He announced Japan’s $50 million addition to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative fund, whose launch Ivanka Trump led. “We strongly support this initiative,” he said.
Ivanka Trump began that ensuring 50% of our population can fully participate in the workforce is critical to strengthening our communities and growing our prosperity. That is why, after her father’s election, she decided to leave her businesses and work in the government to advance policies and initiatives that empower women to fully participate in the economy if they so choose.
She continued talking about the woman’s workplace in Japan, “Here in Japan four decade ago, 45% of women worked outside of the home. Today, it is 66% of working women in the workplace. It is significant improvement and one that I know will continue to grow and great measure due to Prime Minister Abe’s vision in Japan.”
She referenced that Abenomics, refers to the economic policies advocated by Shinzō Abe, is Womenomics. “Women who are in power to work to thrive and lead bring men’s creativity, fresh creatively, and success to economy to the world.”
US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump will arrive on Sunday, Nov 5 on a separate three-day visit. The president will also meet with relatives of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.