Biden Lauds Japan's Efforts To Advance Women

Published on 04 December 2013

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Tokyo, Japan

Joe Biden Meeting With Women Employees At DeNA
Joe Biden Meeting With Women Employees At DeNA

During his December 3 visit to Japan, Vice President Biden praised Japan’s efforts to bring more women into the workforce.

Biden met in Tokyo with women employees at DeNA, an Internet company focused on social network development, e-commerce and other Web services. There he discussed the role of women and the challenges they face in the workplace. He is shown above with three DeNA employees.

“There’s not a single thing that a man can do that a woman cannot do,” Biden said, adding that women bring a perspective to the workplace that “sometimes shines the light on the avenue that no one thought about pursuing.”

Biden also lauded Japan’s $3 billion commitment to aid women the world over who face physical abuse and restricted access to opportunity. Women, he said, are half the world’s brainpower and energy. Not to include them in the workforce and leadership positions, he said, amounts to an “incredible amount of wasting assets.”

Biden was in Tokyo for the first leg of a six-day trip that will include stops in China and the Republic of Korea.



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Posted 2013-12-04 09:49:00