(Sankei: July 27, 2015 – p. 5)
In a speech delivered at the International Conference for Women in Business held in Tokyo on July 26, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe disclosed his plan to make the promotion of women entrepreneurs an item on the agenda for the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries (Ise-Shima summit) to take place in May 2016. He said that as the item is stipulated in the leaders’ declaration of the G7 summit held in June in Germany, “it will be carried over to the Ise-Shima summit.”
Pointing out that the practice of long work hours has prevented women from entering the workforce in Japan, Abe emphatically said, “In an attempt to address Japan’s declining birthrate, it is necessary to shorten the long hours of workers.” He then said he would make further efforts to review labor regulations and reduce the number of children on waiting lists for day-care centers by securing nurses.
The International Conference for Women in Business has been held in Japan every year since 1996, inviting Japanese and foreign female business managers.