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Organization Profile

Organization Profile

Established:  June 2011

Legal status:  Specified non-profit corporation (since November 2015) 


Board of Directors: (please see below)



  • Shoji Araki, Certified Public Tax Accountant



  • Sumiko Yazawa, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Women's University

  • Nami Otsuki, Professor, University of the Sacred Heart

  • Yumiko Tanaka, Professor, Josai International University, Representative of Japan to UN Commission on the Status of Women

  • Kazuma Osaki, Senior Policy Analyst (Japan), UN Principles for Responsible Investment



  • Renge Jibu, Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Board of Directors
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Yoriko Meguro

Executive Director

Professor Emeritus, Sophia University

Recognized scholar of gender and sociology. Extensive work in influencing gender policies in Japan. Former Japan's Representative to UN Commission on the Status of Women (1997-2010); Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution for Promoting Gender Equality for the decade of 1996-2005


Asako Osaki


Visiting Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University

Recognized gender expert with over 25 years of professional experience at global, national and local levels. Proven track-record in policy and strategy development, research and analysis, evaluation, programme management, and advocacy.

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Mariko Saito


Consultant, UNDP

Gender expert with over 20 years of professional experience at global, regional (Asia) and national levels. Proven track-record in programme building, management and coordination, knowledge exchange, and training. Excellent donor relation skills.


Michiko Tadamatsu


CEO, Think Impacts, Inc.

Founder, 30% Club Japan

Diversity management expert with strong expertise in management strategy, corporate governance, operation reform, M&A and developing multi-sectoral platforms for social impacts.

Our Purpose:
  • Achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls

Our Mission:
  • Transforming Japan’s legislation, policies and practices by mainstreaming global norms and standards on gender equality

  • Playing a catalytic role to connect Japan and the global community

Our Strategies:

1.   Research and Analysis: to produce knowledge and evidence-based policy recommendations

2.   Public Advocacy: to raise awareness and mobilize interest on critical gender issues

3.   Policy Advocacy: to create strategic alliances across public, private, and civil sectors to drive policy change

4.   Engagement with government: to effectively influence policy-making processes

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