Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike Cancels Asia Society Talk

Asia Society has canceled the event Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike: Beyond 2020 — A Vision for Tokyo and Japan, which was to take place on Monday, February 3 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

H.E. Yuriko Koike was to share her perspectives on the need for more women’s empowerment and greater diversity as Tokyo prepares to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has personal experience on this subject, having been the first woman to serve as Minister of Defense. Governor Koike is breaking through Japan’s glass ceiling and empowering other women leaders.

Statement from Asia Society

Governor Yuriko Koike will no longer be traveling to the United States this winter and as a result, her appearance at Asia Society New York has been canceled. Those who have purchased tickets will receive full refunds.”

With confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Japan, the Governor has decided to remain in Tokyo to help tackle the health emergency.

About H.E. Yuriko Koike

H.E. Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, is an Asia Society 2019 Asia Game Changer. She is a long-serving government official and leader of one of the world’s largest and most dynamic cities. She was elected as governor in 2016. Previously, she served as the Director of the Committee on Budget in Japan’s House of Representatives, and she was Chairperson of the Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council. She has held senior positions in the Government of Japan, most notably as Minister of Defense, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security Affairs, Minister of the Environment, and Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territory Affairs. Before entering public service in 1992, she was a news anchor at Nippon TV.

Born in Ashiya, a small city near Kobe, Japan, she moved to Egypt in the 1970s. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cairo University, where she mastered the Arabic language.

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