TOKYO— The Global Summit of Women began here on Thursday with speeches and commentary by world dignitaries, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.The event, sometimes referred to as the “Davos for Women,” this year places an emphasis on women-onics — a key epitaph in Abe’s namesake economic policy, Abenomics.On Thursday, Abe was awarded for his work toward gender equality at GSW’s opening ceremony, held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa hotel in Tokyo’s Shinagawa district. Abe addressed the crowd on the status of his women-omics mission. “As I speak, corporations are declining in Japan and we need the power of women. Women have to participate in society — it creates diversity and a stronger society. I often say — if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Brothers and Sisters, they would not have gone bankrupt,” Abe said to the crowd.The prime minister — who will conclude his current, third term in 2018 — has set many goals to buoy Japan’s economy by way of female mobilization and empowerment. He has set a national goal that by 2020, 30 percent of executive leadership roles in listed companies will be filled by women. He asks that each listed company include at least one woman on its board.“In the four years under the Abe administration, the percentage of women who continue to work after the birth of their first child exceeded 50 percent for the first time. Female board members have doubled,” he said of his seeds of progress.Abe noted that, now with more women remaining at work after childbirth, the country’s next issue is to tackle the matter of child care — ensuring that facilities are available to newborns and children, nationwide. Parental leave and shifts in work-life-balance culture are also initiatives his administration looks to tackle.The prime minister left his skittish relationship with American President Trump off the agenda for the evening, but did hint at the growing worldwide populist phenomenon.“Women-omics has only just begun. I am confident it will advance with tremendous speed. People call me a conservative leader even within my own conservative political party. I have put a lot of effort into the engagement of women. You can rest assured that more active participation of women in Japan will not turn backwards. Maybe I am receiving this award today as a sign that a conservative politician has won on this issue,” said Abe.Haruka Mera, chief executive officer of Japanese crowdfunding web site Ready For?, feels that Abe’s plan is working. “The number of crowdfunding projects by women on our web site is rising year-by-year,” she said of metrics supporting female mobilization in Japan.“I think the women entrepreneurs are a very small population in Japan. It's very difficult for women to receive investments from banks, so crowdfunding has become a very useful way to start a small start-up,” Mera added of the culture surrounding female entrepreneurship.Under Abe’s policies, though, she feels that attitudes are beginning to change. “The Abe government supports women, so many banks have some kind of loans just for women to start companies. It was not this easy to get the money from a bank before Abe — the loans are given to us with interest a lot higher.”
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“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.