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Global Cities - drivers for a more sustainable world




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Find out about Tokyo's plans to become the world's leading financial and environmental city and the educational and employment opportunities this offers.


In July City, University of London took part in the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to Tokyo, which aimed to develop closer links between the financial and professional services sectors in both cities. As part of the visit, City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo Metropolitan University.

Following from the visit City will host a visit from senior officials from Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metropolitan University. As part of their visit, Yuriko Koike, the first female Governor of Tokyo and Dr. Haruo Shimada, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees have kindly agreed to give a talk.

Governor Koike will share her vision for Tokyo as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will focus on her financial and environmental policies and the opportunities for collaboration between Tokyo and London. Through this, she will share her insights on the challenges facing women in Japanese politics.

Dr. Haruo Shimada will speak about the history of mutual co-operation between Japan and the UK and the importance of cooperation between our respective capital cities.

This is an opportunity to hear from and put questions to two prominent leaders from Japan. It is also a chance to learn about some of the emerging educational and employment opportunities in Tokyo.

This event is part of City’s Global Talks programme, an ongoing series of talks that aim to provide students and staff with an opportunity to gain global insights and perspectives from inspiring people from around the world.

About the speakers

Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo

Prior to being elected to the post, Governor Koike was active in national politics. She was a member of the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives for a total of 24 years from 1992, during which she has held major posts including Minister of the Environment, Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security Affairs, Minister of Defense, and Director of the Committee on Budget of the House of Representatives. As the first woman to serve as the Minister of Defense and the Governor of Tokyo, she is paving the way for women to be more active in society. With a BA in Sociology from Cairo University, she is fluent in English and Arabic, and was a prominent news anchor before entering politics.

Dr. Haruo Shimada, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Tokyo Metropolitan University.

Dr Shimada served nearly 10 years as president at Chiba University of Commerce until September 2016.After completing his graduate studies at Keio University he received his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and for forty years was a professor at Keio University. He has been a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ESSEC, France. He also served as chairman of the Economic Research Center Fujitsu Research Institute from April 2004 to March 2008. He was involved in the formulation of government policy as a special advisor to the Cabinet Office from 2001 to 2006. He is the author of numerous books on the Japanese economy, international relations and labour issues as well as a  commentator and essayist for newspapers and popular magazines. He is a frequent TV commentator both in Japan as well as on networks such as CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and BBC.

The event will be followed by refreshments.

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When and where

10.00am - 11.00amWednesday 31st October 2018

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom