Lecture by Ms. Atsuko Muraki Mar 7 2018

Please RSVP by Feb 23

(CUAAJ Event) Speech by Ms. Atsuko Muraki 
(Former-Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare)

The Columbia University Alumni Association of Japan (CUAAJ) cordially invites all Columbia alumni and friends to the special lecture event, titled “How to Promote Work-Style Reforms? —Night to Think about Women’s Active Participation and Diversity” with Ms. Atsuko Muraki, Former-Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.


Ms. Muraki is infamous for wrongly accuse of a fraud and detained for about five months, yet proved her innocence and succeed to be the second women to serve as Vice Minister in the central government. When she joined Ministry of Labour in 1978, years before the enforcement of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law, females were in the minority (2-3%) in the ministry. She married her colleague at age 26 and gave birth to two daughters at age 29 and 35. Because the couple lived far from their homelands, they could not rely on their parents for child raring. Yet, with support from Hoikuen and others, Ms. Muraki managed to balance work and family. After retiring from Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare, she joined Tsuda University as Guest Lecturer and Itochu Corporation as Member of the Board. The event will be a rare opportunity to learn from this incredible woman with deep knowledge acquired through her dedicated work as a public servant and a working mother. Please join us!


Event Details:
Speaker: Ms. Atsuko Muraki
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Door Opens at 18:30
Lecture (Q&A) 19:00 - 20:15, Reception from 20:15 - 21:00
Venue: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Tokyo OfficeJP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7036, Japan (reception 36th floor) click here for direction

Admission Fee: Members who have paid annual dues – 3,000 yen; Non-members – 4,000 yen. (Payment will be collected at the door. We Bento-box during the lecture and drinks at the reception.)
Language: Japanese

Note: Advance registration is required.


Note: Advance registration is required.

Please RSVP by emailing [email protected] with your name, contact, and affiliation (class and school) by Friday, February 23th, 2018.


CUAAJ contact: 
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Rui Kotani +81-90-5547-1258

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Hajime Kosai: +81-90-9814-4248 
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About the Lecturer:


Ms. Muraki was born in Kochi prefecture in 1955. After graduating from Kochi University in 1978, she joined Ministry of Labour, where she worked on policies aiding women and those with disabilities in early years. She was promoted to be Director-General of Children and Families Bureau in 2008 and Director-General of Social Welfare and War Victims’ Relief Bureau in 2012. Ms. Muraki served as Vice Minister in the last two years in the ministry between July 2013 and October 2015. Currently, she holds a number of positions, such as Guest Professor of Tsuda University and Member of the Board of ITOCHU Corporation. She is also known as the author of a number of books, including “Akiramenai (Not Giving Up)” (Nikkei BP) and “Watashi wa Makenai (I will not be defeated)” (Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.). 








開場18:30 講演会(Q&A含む) 19:00-20:15、レセプション20:15-21:00
場所:長島・大野・常松法律事務所 会議室

100-7036 東京都千代田区丸の内二丁目72 JPタワー(受付36階)click here for map

参加ご希望の方は [email protected] あてにemailにて氏名、卒業学部、年度、および、コロンビア大学日本同窓会の会員か非会員かをご明記の上、2月23日(金曜日)までにRSVPお願いいたします。

CUAAJ 問い合わせ先: 
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小谷瑠以 +81-90-5547-1258

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香西元: +81-90-9814-4248 
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津田塾大学客員教授、元厚生労働事務次官 村木 厚子(むらき あつこ)









March 07, 2018 at 7:00pm - 9pm

TBD: (Marunouchi or Akasaka)


Hajime Kosai

Hajime Kosai

Will you come?