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Women s Day speaker event

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March 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
L Espace @ CCIFJ

Nihonbashi Honcho YS Bldg. 1F, 2-2-2 Nihonbashi Honcho, Chuo-ku
Tokyo, 103-0023 Japan

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Admission: JPY 5,000 members 会員 / JPY 7,000 non-members 非会員

UPDATE: besides the earlier announced speakers of Croda, Kyowa and YSLA, we will also welcome the VP, Chief HR Officer at Mitsubishi Chemical Group, and the Head of Osaka Expo 2025 at GL Events! Don’t miss them!!

Joining Forces on International Women’s Day 2023 to #EmbraceEquity


BLCCJ is proud to be marking International Women’s Day 2023 with this #EmbraceEquity event, hosted in collaboration with the British (BCCJ), French (CCIFJ) and Spanish (SpCCJ) Chambers of Commerce in Japan. 


International Women’s Day (IWD) – celebrated annually on March 8 – is a global initiative that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity in, among other places, the public and private sectors.


This year’s global theme is #EmbraceEquity. Equity might look different for every organisation, depending on size and resources, which is why this year we are teaming up with three other foreign chambers of commerce in Japan to hear from cross-industry leaders of very different backgrounds, on what it truly means to embrace equity within their organisations, and what processes they have in place to create the mindsets and practices needed to create an equitable workplace environment.


As panelists we are pleased to invite Anne-Lin ReySales Project Director / Head of Osaka Expo 2025, GL EventsHiroko Suzuki, President & CEO, Kyowa Industrial CoJunko Kubokawa, CEO, Croda Japan (and BCCJ DEI taskforce head); Natalia Sanz Laviña, CEO, YSLA Architects (10 years working with Kengo Kuma); and Tomoyo Hiraoka, VP, Chief HR Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Group. Moderator will be Regis Arnaud, journalist and Editor in chief, France Japon Eco. They will share their insights on the topic, acknowledging the work already being done in organisations and communities to respond to workplace inequities, and addressing what the key roles are for individuals, corporates and governments in pushing the agenda forward and taking the strides needed to truly advance gender equity in the future.


Everyone is welcome!
Can men attend this event? YES! Now, more than ever, there’s a groundswell to normalise gender parity. It is incumbent upon us all to make sure that, working in tandem with member firms, we lead the charge towards a more inclusive workplace that will benefit men and women alike.



Date: Wednesday 8 March 2023
Time: 19:00-21:00 (doors open at 18:30)
1 hour panel, 1 hour networking
Venue: L’espace @ CCIFJ
Nihonbashi Honcho Ys Bldg. 1F, 2-2-2 Nihonbashi Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023
Fee: JPY 5,000 members / JPY 7,000 non-members
(this includes drinks and finger food)

Seats for BLCCJ are limited to 25, first come first serve.
To register, please send the full name, company name and title of all your attendees to and we will send a confirmation email.
Deadline for registration is Friday 3 March 5:00pm or when seats are full.

We kindly ask you to arrange payment by 3 March 5:00pm by bank transfer. We will send the bank details in the confirmation email.
(Any cancelation after 3 March or no-shows will be charged in full.)


With many thanks to BLCCJ flagship member AB InBev for sponsoring Belgian beer for the event!