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Japan’s Untapped Potential – Taking Advantage of its Thinning Population

2019-9-5 (Thu) 13:30 -

“Japan’s Untapped Potential – Taking Advantage of its Thinning Population” will be held as the first seminar in the 2019 Initiative for the Implementation of the Diversity Research Environment (Collaboration Type).


Osaka University was selected for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Initiative for the Implementation of the Diversity Research Environment (Collaboration Type), and in cooperation with the National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN) and Daikin Industries, Ltd., the university is engaged in developing the female researchers that will serve as the foundation of a diverse research environment as well as promoting diversity that will extend into the local community.

As part of these endeavors, we’ve invited MURAKAMI Yumiko, the first Japanese female and first individual from a private corporation to become head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Tokyo Centre, to speak to us. More details are listed below.

Date and Time

Thursday, September 5, 2019 – 13:30 ~ 15:00


Hankyu Railway & Sanwa Bank Hall, 3F, Icho Kaikan (Osaka University Suita Campus)

Intended for

Students, faculty, and staff from OU and affiliates (Initiative for the Implementation of the Diversity Research Environment (Collaboration Type))


MURAKAMI Yumiko (Head, OECD Tokyo Centre)

Lecture overview

Japan placed 110th out of 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018, showing a lack of gender equality. However, in OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC), Japanese women placed first in reading comprehensive and mathematical thinking ability in adult women among 24 nations surveyed, displaying their top-level ability.

Ms. Murakami will speak about how Japan will promote the participation of women, human resources with untapped potential, and take advantage of its shrinking population from a broad perspective.

How to apply

*Note: Prior applications are required to attend this lecture.

Please send an email or fax containing the following information to the email address/fax listed below:

(1) Name (furigana), (2) organization, (3) position (year in school), (4) email address 

Application period

Applications will be accepted until Monday, August 26, 2019

*If you require special attention, please contact us by Friday, August 9.

 *When submitting an application, please title your email “9/5 Seminar Application.”


Osaka University Center for Gender Equality Promotion

TEL: 06-6105-5989 (ext. 5989)

FAX: 06-6879-4406 

E-mail ki-danjyo-shien[at]

(*Please replace [at] with @ when contacting this address.)

The flyer and program for this seminar can be found at the homepage for the Center for Gender Equality Promotion (

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