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Salzburg Global Fellow Aiko Doden acknowledged as one of Japan's most influential women

Salzburg Global Fellow named as one of Japan's Women of Influence by Council on Foreign Relations expert

Aiko Doden (middle) at Salzburg Global's Board of Directors Weekend in 2012

Oscar Tollast | 13.03.2017

Salzburg Global Fellow Aiko Doden has been acknowledged as one of Japan's most influential women.

Ms. Doden, a senior commentator on international affairs and a producer of Asian Voices, was highlighted as one of seven inspiring women in Japan in an article by one of the Council on Foreign Relations' experts.

Asian Voices is an NHK news program which introduces its audience to the leaders and citizens of Asia. Ms. Doden has previously interviewed Malala Yousafzai, Professor Muhammad Yunus, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Myanmar President Thein Sein, and co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates.

In a post by Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. Doden was highlighted as an active advocate for changing the working culture for women in Japan, and globally.

Ms. Doden, a co-chair of Salzburg Global's Japan Advisory Committee, spoke to Salzburg Global after finding out she had been included.

She said, "I think this is an encouragement to keep up my work, both in my professional and in my personal capacity. It is gratifying that they saw a theme in what I do.

"It is also gratifying to be acknowledged as 'salary-man (salary-woman)' because organizations, systems, communities and Japan itself, all need to bring about change within too."

In 2008, Ms. Doden was a participant at Session 455 - Peace-Making and Peace-Building: Securing the Contributions of Women and Civil Society.

Ms. Doden said, "I don't think it was a coincidence that the first session I attended at Salzburg Global Seminar was Peace Building and the Role of Women. 

"Salzburg Global Seminar is always a little ahead of time in identifying the issues that matter."

13.03.2017 Category: FACES OF LEADERSHIP, SALZBURG UPDATES, SALZBURG IN THE WORLD, FELLOW UPDATES, 70th Anniversary-Stories
Oscar Tollast