15th APEC Women Leaders Network Meeting(19-21 September 2010 Tokyo)

Tokyo Women's Medical University(TWMU) Tour and Dinner at a Japanese pub restaurant

16:30-21:30 (Tentative)
Tour Itinerary
departure from Keio Plaza Hotel(bus)-arrival at Tokyo Women's Medical University-departure from Tokyo Women's Medical University-dinner-dismiss
Dining place
Dinner Menu and special dietary consideration for religious concerns and vegetarians
Modern and traditional Japanese dish: Appetizer, Fresh Sashimi, Salad, Grill of fish, Fried food, Steamed dish of pork or beef or egg, Yakitori (Barbecued chicken) Seasonal Dessert and so on.
Sake, beer, wine, soft drinks are available
If special dietary requirements, you can let us know in advance and we will provide you with a suitable meal. You can request a special meal.
The number of people (Max)
The minimum number of people the project can be carried out

Tour Description

  1. Life of Dr. Yayoi Yoshioka, the founder of TWMU, and the pioneer of female doctors in Japan, 〔Prof. Yoshio Uetsuka〕
  2. Future role of Japanese women doctors for the attainment of the Millennium
    Development Goals, 〔Dr.Miki Sakurai, Prof. Hiroyoshi Endo〕
  1. Yayoi Yoshioka Memorial Room
  2. Re-training for female doctors using the e-learning system〔Prof. Yoriko Kawakami〕
  3. The Tokyo Women's Medical University― Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Sciences (TWIns) 〔Prof. Mitsuo Okano〕

Introduction of the organizer

Japan Medical Women's Association (JWMA) was founded in 1902 by a group of female doctors, during an era when passing the medical licensing exams as a woman was very difficult. Dr. Ginko Ogino was the first female medical doctor licensed by the government in 1885. Dr. Yayoi Yoshioka was one of the pioneers, who founded the Tokyo Women's Medical College. The aim of JWMA is to support the current and the future female doctors, by providing a suitable work place, and by exchanging information, which in turn will deepen mutual understandings between members.
This year JWMA celebrates the 108th year anniversary. However we cannot deny that Japan is still a male dominant country, which includes the medical field, despite the proportion of newly qualified female doctors rising to more than 30%. As a result many young female doctors struggle when they pursue their medical career and try to maintain their family as a wife and as a mother. This is because there is insufficient support system for maintaining work-life balance for female doctors.
JWMA must act as a mentor for Japanese female doctors who want to continue progressing in their medical specialty. As a member of the Medical Women's International Association JWMA aims to promote gender equality and work life balance in medical field in Japan.