Ivanka Trump Gives Speech in Japan on Women's Empowerment in Business

Posted November 04, 2017

The Japanese police department in Tokyo has put together an all-female squad of officers for specific assignment to first lady Melania Trump and other visiting female dignitaries, including presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, according to a report.

Ivanka Trump shared her inspiration while championing women's issues.

Ivanka touched down in Japan yesterday (Nov. 2) and made a speech at an global conference on the empowerment of women and related issues-the World Assembly for Women, which was apparently poorly attended.

Toting her Women Who Work book brand, Trump also noted that women shouldn't be defined by whether or not they work inside or outside the home, and said "all women are working women".

Abe, who was recently re-elected as prime minister after his Liberal Democratic Party scored a landslide victory in the October 22 Lower House election, said in his speech that his government is encouraging more women to join the workforce and boost economic growth. However, tens of thousands of children are still on waiting lists to get into publicly certified nursery schools.

Her speech is expected to nod to the host country. After outlets reported a room with half-empty seats, people on social media drew parallels to President Trump's controversial attendance at his inauguration.

Ivanka Trump is scheduled to give a speech at a symposium on women's empowerment in Tokyo on Friday morning before having dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that evening, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

The Washington Post, also noting the poor turnout, quoted a White House official saying the event was "the most registered event" at the conference but that security checks had slowed the crowd. Two days later Trump and first lady Melania are scheduled to arrive November 5 for a three-day visit.