Ambassador Monji speaks at a meeting of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – Ottawa meeting


On June 15, 2017, Ambassador Monji attended an Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – Ottawa meeting and gave a key note speech about Japan’s policy concerning measures for realizing a society where all women can play active roles.

At the beginning of the speech, Ambassador Monji had a brief introduction about the strong and friendly Japan-Canada bilateral relationship. After that, Ambassador Monji explained the current situation for working women in Japan as well as concrete measures for the empowerment of women, including “The Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace (2016)”and the Basic Plan for Gender Equality. Ambassador Monji also mentioned Japan’s assistance for women in developing countries.

At the Q and A session, participants asked questions about Japan’s policy concerning gender equality including maternity leave, the viewpoints of men in Japan on government policies towards gender equality, and the role of women in agriculture. Participants also asked questions about a wide range of topics, such as Canada’s visibility in Japan, the TPP, and security cooperation between the two countries.


Ambassador Monji

OWIT-Ottawa Meeting

Ambassador Monji with a participant

Ambassador Monji with participants

Presentation from OWIT