Asia Society at NGV: Womenomics in Japan

Mon 2 Mar, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Past program

Free entry

NGV International

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter north entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt)
Ground Level

Hearing loops and accessible seating are available.

Japanese Modernism explores the increasing socially liberated status of Japanese women in the 1920s and 1930s.

What was it like for women living in Japan during this time, and have women’s rights, social inclusion and economic independence improved since then? How is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current Womenomics Policy trying to change the lives of Japanese women today?

Includes an opportunity to view Japanese Modernism from 5.15–6.15pm.

Presented in partnership with Asia Society Australia.


Veronica L. Taylor is Professor of Law and Regulation at the Australian National University, where she also directs the ANU Japan Institute. Her work focusses on regulatory justice, rule of law, and corporate governance issues in Japan and Asia. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo where she teaches South East Asian Business Law.


Naomi Fink MA, MSc, FRM is a global economist and financial markets specialist and CEO and Founder of Europacifica Consulting. Europacifica Consulting is a global economics and strategy consulting firm with stakeholders in the private and public sectors across the globe. Prior to this, Naomi established herself as a financial market strategist and macroeconomist for some of the world’s leading financial institutions across a variety of markets. She also currently holds a position as Capital Group’s Academic Research Specialist, and is also an advisor to Third Arrow Strategies, an advisory firm focused on governance, stewardship and gender inclusion issues in Japan.

Dr Emma Dalton lectures in Japanese language at RMIT University in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, and is the author of Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan. Emma’s research explores women’s relationships with the state in Japan and focuses mainly on analyzing the problem of the political under-representation of women. She is interested in illuminating the myriad and intersecting ways that state stakeholders, such as political institutions and the Japan Self-Defense Forces, shape, sustain and draw from competing discourses of gender, often to the detriment of women. Emma has lived and worked in many different regions of Japan for a total of seven years and continues to visit frequently for fieldwork.

Dr Nana Oishi is Associate Professor in Japanese Studies at The University of Melbourne. She received a PhD degree in Sociology from Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to her current position, she worked as Policy Analyst at the United Nations agency (International Labour Organization) in Geneva and also taught at Sophia University in Tokyo as Professor of Sociology. Her areas of research include migration, gender and diversity in Japan and Australia. She has held positions on various advisory boards on immigration policies for the Japanese government, and also served the United Nations Expert Meeting on International Migration.

Annika Aitken is Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). She has been on the curatorial team for Japanese Modernism, Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality and Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape and is co-editor of the NGV publication The Centre: On Art and Urbanism in China. Prior to commencing her position at the NGV, Annika managed a range of permanent and temporary public art projects for the City of Perth and the WA Artists’ Foundation, alongside independent curatorial projects. She has studied and worked in Beijing and Hangzhou, China, and has a longstanding research interest in Australia-Asia engagement through the visual arts.

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