Business is Social x Business in Japan September Networking Event: Improving conditions for women in the workforce.


September 26, 2016    
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


36 FANA Intercontinental, Tokyo, JAPAN, Akasaka, 107-0052
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Business is Social and Business in Japan are excited to team up for our networking event on September 26th, being held again at the fantastic Mixx Bar at the ANA InterContinental hotel. Our guests will speak for a few minutes each followed by a group Q&A and social networking after.

We are very excited for our next event as we continue to build a diverse group of speakers and topics.

Our two speakers will be discussing the difficulties and solutions to work/life balance within Japanese companies with a focus on women in the workforce. We have all read that women, not immigration, will be the solution to Japan’s economy. How will this be achieved? Arrow Arrow, and Work Life Balance K.K. will give us insight into the future of company work in Japan.

This will be our first event in 日本語. Paul Hintgen has been kind enough to do real time translation into English for the non-Japanese speakers in our audience.

WHAT: Business is Social x Business in Japan September Networking Event: Improving conditions for women in the workforce.
WHEN: Monday, September 26th, 19:30~
WHERE: MIXX Bar & Lounge, 36F ANA InterContinental, Akasaka, Tokyo
COST: 2,000 yen ★one drink is included in the price★

  1. Chihiro Unno

Chihiro Unno is the joint managing director of the NPO Arrow Arrow, a Tokyo based NPO that offers consulting to companies with female workers who are in the early stage of pregnancy or recently became mothers. Arrow Arrow helps these companies review these employees work and responsibilities, find inefficiencies, cut overtime and create a plan for these female employees to return to work after taking their maternity leave.

Having worked in mid-sized companies prior to joining Arrow Arrow she herself encountered a completely unsupportive work environment that forced women to choose between career and having a significant life event like having a child. She is passionate about creating a society in Japan where women can make their own decisions regarding work/life that doesn’t force them to sacrifice one over the other.

In her talk she will describe the current state of women’s issues in the workforce in Japan, especially among SMEs, and will discuss some of the trends where progress is being made as well as the steps needed to progress further.

  1. Yumiko Onishi

Yumiko Onishi is a consultant at Work Life Balance K.K., a Tokyo based consulting company that supports Japanese firms and public sector organizations reduce overtime as well as create policies to support women’s empowerment and leadership.

She herself as deep experience working with large firms in the financial services, logistics, IT and manufacturing industries. In the public sector her clients include the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and several ward governments in Tokyo (Adachi-ku, Koto-ku etc.)

In her talk she will delve in the issues of work-life balance that concern large firms and the highest levels of the Japanese government as well as how her company is adapting to match the growing demand for work life balance and women’s empowerment solutions in the market in Japan.

Business in Japan and Business is Social intend to run events on a regular basis, so keep an eye out for more of them here in this group, and to make sure you don’t miss them in the future, you can register at either or both of these Event Management links:

The BIS x BIJ events strive to create a networking community for business professionals that want to make substantive contacts that turn into relationships and real business. By offering more networking opportunities than standard networking groups, we bring more than typical business card exchange events. Our focus will be on monthly downtown Tokyo events with topic or industry specific guest speakers. Feedback on the type of speakers or industry you want future events to focus on welcome.

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For a nijikai, second party venue near the ANA in Akasaka, last month we were introduced to ‘CHILLAX’ by Keiko-san who took some of us there for the 2nd party. Folks are welcome to go there after this event too:
Address: 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 4 Chome−8−4 〒106-0032 アルガ 六本木 ビル 4 階
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