A Conversation with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike

April 6, 2017 12:00 - 14:00


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Join the BCCJ at our Headliner Event at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on April 6 as we welcome our special guest, the Governor of Tokyo, Ms. Yuriko Koike.

“In Japanese society, you try to build consensus and try to keep harmony, but I would like to convince people to change for the sake of our society,” Koike said. “I learned that from Mrs Thatcher.” (The Independent, August 2016)

Yuriko Koike became Japan's first ever female defense minister in 2007, and a year later became the first woman to run for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. In July 2016 she was elected Tokyo's first ever female governor by a landslide. She has vowed to make the government more open and transparent to citizens.

In addition to governing a municipality of 13.6 million residents — the core of the world’s most populous urban area, with at least 20 million more people in its separately administered suburbs — Ms. Koike is responsible for preparing Tokyo for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 and for managing the costs of the event for the host city.

At this BCCJ event, the governor will talk about her vision for a diverse, international, and environmentally friendly city. She will highlight the diverse opportunities Tokyo offers as a vibrant business and investment hub on the road to 2020 and beyond, and will examine some of the pressing issues facing Tokyo in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

With regard to the importance of diversity and flexible working practices for the future growth and sustainability of the Japanese economy, Koike will address her goal to abolish the long-existing overtime culture in Tokyo offices and will give details on her proposals to ensure a healthier work-life balance among the working population of the city. The governor herself has introduced a lights-out, zero-overtime system at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government where all staff must now leave the office by 8 p.m.

The Japanese workforce has the biggest gap between male and female participation with Japan’s male participation rate among the world’s highest at nearly 85 percent. Governor Koike, who played a key role in Prime Minister Abe's "Womenomics" policies, will talk about her objectives to forge a more gender equal, inclusive city, by tackling the hurdles faced by women entering or returning to the workforce, and encouraging men to play a more active role in securing gender parity.

Join us for this special event, learn more about the future of Tokyo, and be part of the discussion!



  • This event is on the record. Simultaneous interpretation will be available thanks to support from our language service partner, Honyaku Plus, Details: http://www.honyaku-plus.com/




  • Until March 13 priority booking will be given to BCCJ members, after which non-members are welcome to register.
  • Due to her busy schedule Governor Koike will attend from 12:00 and 13:30. The last half hour of this event will be dedicated to post-event discussion and networking.



Event Coupons: **Platinum and Corporate Plus Members can use free seat coupons to attend this Headliner event  *** (Login first and book your seat).  

Cancellation policy: Paid reservation by Mar 29 12:00 after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged.

Payment:  We can not accept cash at the door.

Dietary requirements: Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements, at the time of booking

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Grand Hyatt Tokyo
2F Coriander

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Member Cost: ¥7,500

Non-Members Cost: ¥9,500