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Ms.Beatriz Otero

Public Lecture by Ms. Beatriz Otero, former Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for the Government of the District of Columbia

“Toward A More Inclusive Society: Women in the Workforce, Early Childhood Education, and Elder Care”

Organized by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
The U.S. Embassy in Japan (American Center JAPAN)External link

The promotion of working women is a signature feature of Prime Minister Abe’s growth strategy for Japan (“Abenomics”). Ms. Beatriz Otero, former Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for Washington, D.C., will examine opportunities and challenges related to female participation in the workforce, focusing on its intersections with early childhood care and education, as well as elder care. What can be done to increase women’s participation in the workforce? How can government and community work together to create better social infrastructure and support for working women? Ms. Otero will draw on her extensive experience formulating and executing policy related to early childhood education and community development to answer these and other questions. ( More information at American Center JAPAN's website <in Japanese>External link)

Date & Time Friday, March 4, 2016 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

American Center Japan NOF Tameike Building, 8F 1-1-14, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052 Access External link


English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation 


6:30-6:40 Opening Remarks
6:40-7:00 Lecture by Ms. Beatriz Otero, former Deputy Mayor for the Government of the District of Columbia
7:00-7:55 Q&A Moderated by Mr. Hiroki Sugita, Managing Senior Writer, Kyodo News


100 seats(Free Admission)


Please register at the URL below: External link
Since seats are limited, registration in advance is required.


The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6072


Ms. Beatriz Otero

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Beatriz Otero is president of Otero Strategy Group, an innovative consulting practice integrating education, health, human services, and community development supports, with a focus on socially responsible policy and practice. She currently advises several philanthropic institutions and local governments in strategic planning, policy development, and funding strategies.

Prior to this, Ms. Otero was appointed and served for four years as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for the Government of the District of Columbia. As Deputy Mayor, she formulated and led the administration’s budget priorities and strategy to drive integrated service delivery across the health, human services and housing systems.

Along with her many years of local community service, Ms. Otero has a wide range of international experience ranging from disaster preparedness and humanitarian relief in Latin America with the American Red Cross and advising local governments in Europe on immigrant conflict. She was a guest of the Japan-America Society on a ten-day exchange to Japan in 2001 focusing on journalism, health and education. Ms. Otero has also served on numerous local and national boards, including boards of education, hospitals and think tanks. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership, advocacy and public service; in 2000, she was named Washingtonian of the Year.

Mr. Hiroki Sugita
(Managing Senior Writer, Kyodo News)

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Hiroki Sugita is currently Managing Senior Writer at Kyodo News. He joined Kyodo in 1980 after graduation from Hitotsubashi University and served as Tehran Bureau Chief (1991-92), New York Correspondent (1993-96), Washington Correspondent (1997-2001), Washington Bureau Chief (2005-09), and Senior Feature Writer and Editorial Writer (2010-13). He frequently interviewed global leaders including Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation (twice) and George W. Bush of the US. His current career also includes Planning Committee Member, Japan National Press Club; Special Fellow at Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University; Visiting Fellow at Institute for Policy and Cultural Studies, Chuo University; and Fellow at Institute for Okinawan Studies, Hosei University.

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