Nordic 5 Countries Embassy Seminar

New Form of Capitalism in Japan and the Nordic Vision: Labour participation, gender equality, and work-life balance


The Nordic vision 2030 is to make the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. Prime Minister Kishida’s “New form of Capitalism” aims to achieve robust growth by among others promoting diversity.
In the Prime Minister’s own words “The keyword in this context is diversity. For Japanese companies to achieve innovation-driven growth, they need to become more diverse.” Gender equality is a cornerstone of the modern Nordic welfare societies. The high employment rates for both women and men are linked to the Nordic countries' commitments to subsidized childcare, parental leave, and good working conditions. The Nordic countries embassies in Tokyo with support from the Nordic Council of Ministers will organize a series of seminar focusing on the “New form of capitalism in Japan and the Nordic vision”. The topic for the first seminar will be labour participation, gender equality, and work-life balance.

With keynote speeches by:
OGURA Masanobu, Minister of State for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Guðni Th. JÓHANNESSON, President of Iceland


  • Time and Date: 17:00-19:00, Monday, December 5, 2022
  • Title: Labour participation, gender equality, and work-life balance
  • Venue: Online
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Hosts: Danish Embassy in Tokyo / Embassy of Finland in Tokyo / Embassy of Iceland in Tokyo / Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo / Embassy of Sweden in Japan
  • With the support of: Sasakawa Peace Foundation / Nordic Council of Ministers, WAW! (World Assembly for Women) / Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)

Registration for this event is available from below website.



TOYODA Yukiko (Japan Bureau Chief, Reuters)

17:00 Welcome remarks

SUNAMI Atsushi (President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation)

17:05 Opening remarks

Tanja JÄÄSKELÄINEN (Ambassador of Finland to Japan)

17:10 Keynote from Nordic perspective

Guðni Th. JÓHANNESSON (President of Iceland)

17:20 Keynote from Japan's perspective

OGURA Masanobu (Minister of State for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment)

17:30 Panel 1: Female labour market participation in the Nordics and Japan – Setting the scene

Kjersti Misje ØSTBAKKEN (Research Director Work and Welfare / Norwegian Institute for Social Research)

YAMAGUCHI Kazuo (Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago / Visiting Fellow, RIETI)

MITSUI Mariko (Women's Policy Researcher / Former Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Member)

17:55 Panel 2: What policies work? Promoting gender equality and work-life balance in the Nordics and Japan

Karen ELLEMANN (Coming Secretary General for the Nordic Council of Ministers / former member of the Danish Parliament and Minister of Gender Equality and Minister of Environment)

MURAKAMI Yumiko (MPower Partners General Partner / Member of the Prime Minister’s Panel for New Capitalism and former head of the OECD Tokyo Centre)

FUKUSHIMA Yoshihiko (Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)

18:20 Q&A

18:30 Closing remarks

Inga M.W. NYHAMAR (Ambassador of Norway to Japan)

*Agenda is subject to change