CJEB Webinar on the Importance of Diversity in Japan

The Importance of Diversity: Recognizing the Hurdles to Achieving Change

Monday, November 22 from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Live Webinar by Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School



Kimi Onoda
Member, House of Councillors, The National Diet of Japan


David E. Weinstein
Director, CJEB; Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy, Columbia University

About the Event

Attendees will learn about Kimi Onoda’s career and personal history, including the challenges and opportunities that come with being a young, half-Japanese woman working as a politician in Japan. Onoda will discuss how her identity and upbringing have motivated and shaped her professional activities.

A main topic of discussion is the necessity of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) measures in Japan and the challenges when implementing solutions.

About the Speaker

Kimi Onoda

Born in Illinois to a Japanese mother and an American father and raised in Okayama, Kimi Onoda was elected to the House of Councillors of the National Diet of Japan in 2016, representing Okayama Prefecture. She is a Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Justice and a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Onoda is a member of both the Committee on Rules and Administration and the Research Committee on International Economy and Foreign Affairs of the House of Councillors. She is also deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Division of the LDP. Prior to her election to the House of Councillors, she was elected to the Tokyo Kita City Council for two terms starting in 2011.

She received her BA from the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics of Takushoku University.


The event is free, but you must register to receive the login details. To register, please visit CJEB’s Eventbrite page. If you have questions about the event, please send an email to cjeb@gsb.columbia.edu.

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