United States Vice President Joe Biden will be highlighting the role of Japanese women in improving the country’s economy when he visits Tokyo next week. Together with new U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, he will be meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other high-ranking officials to discuss various issues that concern the two allies.
While the issue over China‘s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) is foremost on everyone’s mind, one of the other purposes of Biden’ visit is to participate in “an event to highlight the role of women in the Japanese economy” and to host a roundtable discussion on the challenges of Japanese women when it comes to entering and remaining in the workplace. At a recent United Nations conference, Abe vowed to increase the participation of women in both politics and the corporate world. Both Biden and Kennedy will also be visiting a technology company that is owned and run by a woman, which is a rarity in the traditional corporate world in Japan.
Aside from pushing for women empowerment, Biden will also discuss bilateral and regional issues with Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso, as well as details of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. They are trying to push for a more accessible auto and agricultural market. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will also be visiting Tokyo ahead of Biden to finalize some of the TPP agreements involving Japan.