Sasakawa Peace Foundation English Newsletter
April Issue (NE19-01)

Welcome to the April Issue of the SPF English Newsletter, a monthly round-up of English information about news, events, and research from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF).

Featured articles and announcements

1. SPF special session at the 5th WAW!/W20 on the potential for gender lens investment
    to promote women’s empowerment
2. A first-of-its-kind gender equality ranking of leading companies in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore
3. Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan
4. Report – Balance Sheet of U.S. Allies: Comparative Study between Asia and Europe
5. Announcement: Changes to two English department names
1. SPF special session at the 5th WAW!/W20 on the potential for gender lens investment
    to promote women's empowerment

SPF partnered with WE EMPOWER JAPAN to organize a special session during the 5th WAW!/W20 held in March 2019 to highlight the importance of gender lens investing in advancing women's empowerment around the world. The session featured leaders from the private and public sectors discussing recent developments in gender lens investing and the future for women's empowerment in Japan.

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2. A first-of-its-kind gender equality ranking of leading companies in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore

Equileap and SPF have published the first-ever gender equality ranking of 100 public companies in three major Asian economies: Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. This groundbreaking special report provides the first significant evaluation of the gender equality performance of public companies in Asia against the global benchmark composed of the top 200 companies leading the way for gender equality around the world.

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3. Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan

The East-West Center and the Japan-U.S. Program at SPF are proud to present the third edition of the "Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan" booklet in English and Japanese. Learn more about the breadth of bilateral connections between Japan and the U.S. through the alliance, trade, jobs, investment, tourism, education, population, sister city relationships, and more.

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4. Report – Balance Sheet of U.S. Allies: Comparative Study between Asia and Europe

SPF in collaboration with the Casimir Pulaski Foundation in Poland organized a year-long research project to create a cross-regional and comparative analysis focusing on the balance sheet of assets (advantages) and liabilities (disadvantages) held by Japan, Poland, and other U.S. allies from a strategic perspective. Please find the report outlining the results of this in-depth study below.

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5. Announcement: Changes to two English department names

Effective on April 1, 2019, the Japan–U.S. Program Department was renamed the Japan–U.S. Program, and the Japan–China Cooperation Department was renamed the Sasakawa Japan–China Friendship Fund. Email addresses, phone numbers, and the internal organization within the departments remain unchanged.

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