Online Event

Gender Equality in the Public and Private Sectors

Date : March 03, 2021
Time : 12:30 to 13:30 JST
Cost : Free
WILJ is pleased to announce our next speaker event on Wednesday, 3 March 2021 from 12:30 to 13:30. We invite Ms. Naomi Koshi, the former mayor of Otsu City who is currently a Partner at Miura & Partners. She will talk about Improving Gender Equality in the Japanese Public and Private Sectors.


In 2012, Ms. Koshi was elected as the mayor of Otsu City, a prefectural capital with over 340,000 residents, and she served until 2020. She was the youngest female mayor ever elected in Japan, where only 3 % of mayors are female. As Mayor, she fought to expand opportunities for Japanese women, especially through improving the childcare system.

Now as a partner at Miura & Partners, and admitted to the Japan, New York, and California bars, Ms. Koshi focuses on cross-border M&A, including start-up practice, and is involved in smart city projects. Beside practising law, she is launching her own company to improve diversity among Japanese board members and continue her mission to improve gender equality in Japan.

Ms. Koshi was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was named an OECD Champion Mayor for Inclusive Growth. Ms. Koshi holds multiple degrees from Hokkaido University, an LLM from Harvard Law School and served as Visiting Fellow to Columbia Business School.

For this Webinar, Ms. Koshi will talk about:

• Her change of career from lawyer to mayor, and back to practice law again
• Her achievements as mayor – what did she do to empower women to stay in workforce in her city?
• What were the barriers to serve as a female mayor in Japan?
• What percentage of Japanese company directors are female? What should we do to improve corporate governance and increase corporate value in Japanese companies?
• Her next goal as a lawyer and an entrepreneur

Please RSVP to register for the webinar at or send an email to by COB Monday, 1 March.


Women in Law Japanメンバー及びサポーターの皆様







• 弁護士から市長、そしてまた弁護士へのキャリアチェンジ
• 市長として成し遂げたこと、女性が働き続けられるための施策
• 日本での女性市長として経験した障壁
• 日本企業の女性取締役の割合とコーポレートガバナンス向上
• 弁護士としてそして起業家としての次の目標



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