Keidanren’s first all-female delegation heading to U.S.

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Japan’s most powerful business lobby for the first time will send an all-female delegation to the United States to promote women’s empowerment with their U.S. counterparts.

Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) will dispatch eight female executives on Feb. 27 for a five-day visit to Washington and New York to push forward nongovernment-level diplomacy.

The delegation will be led by Haruno Yoshida, president of BT Japan, and includes Junko Nakagawa, an executive of Nomura Holdings Inc.

They are expected to meet with Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund, as well as female executives from aerospace technology giant Honeywell International Inc. and investment management company BlackRock Inc.

Keidanren has also requested a meeting with Dina Powell, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump for economic initiatives, such as female entrepreneurship and the empowerment of women.

The delegation will explain Japanese measures to promote women to executive positions and exchange ideas and opinions about the circumstances facing women in Japan.

Keidanren, which has regularly sent representatives overseas as part of its economic diplomacy, hopes its first all-female delegation can learn more about Trump’s stance on women’s empowerment in the work force.

Since his inauguration last month, Trump has not made a clear announcement about his policy on diversity of human resources.

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