2019 Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker (1)

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Dr. Joy Kamakamaewailani Rodriguez


Beijing Forestry University


Joy is an “Oral English” Professor at Beijing Forestry University (until August 2017) and a Consultant to Peking University, Tsinghua University, Student Travel Schools (STS-China), Disney-Shanghai, and Jumeira University (Dubai, United Arab Emirates). She is the ESL Director of ConversationsCamp, and has taught The “Movies&Music” Class to more than 14,000 Students and Educators Worldwide.

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  • Born In England, Joy lives in Hawaii (USA) when she’s not travelling worldwide.
  • This Ph.D., in Natural Health, is also Microsoft Certified (MCT) with TESOL/TEFL credentials (Columbia University-Teachers College and TESOL Training International).
  • A Native English Speaker of 6 other languages (which include conversational French, Spanish, Hawaiian, Tagalog, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese).
  • Over 6 years ESL Instructor/Teacher-Trainer Experience (Spas, Corporate, Kindergarten, Middle/High Schools and Universities), TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC-Prep, and Business English.
  • Memberships: Toastmasters International, TESOL-Arabia & TESOL International.

Joy is not only our Keynote Speaker, but is also a Natural Health Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Life Passion Coach, 3-time Marathon Finisher, and Author of these 4 books, with her 5th Book – “Pray Believing Not Begging” – publication date December 2017.

Research Interests: Multi-Media Teaching; Oral English; Cultures, Customs & Traditions.

Topic: Video Marketing For Educators: A/B Testing!!… (A)lways (B)e Testing

Abstract: To be announced soon.

Keynote Speaker (2)

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Professor Tsuyako Nakamura

Doshisha University


Tsuyako Nakamura is an professor in the Faculty of Global Communications of Doshisha University. Her specialty is women’s labor issues in the U.S. and Japan. Currently, she conducts research on the issues with Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

She studied at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California as a Rotary International student (M.A. in translation, 1990). She has experienced working at a resort hotel in Hawaii, a conference interpreter, in-house translator, and part-time lecturer at higher institutions, including Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School of Literary Studies. She finished her Ph.D. course of the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha Universit and studied at the Graduate School of Sociology of the University of California, Santa Barbara (exchange program in 1996-1997).

She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Harvard University (2009-2010). Among her publications include co-authored books, America Ryuugaku eno Shotai (or Your Beautiful College Life in America, Sekai Shisosha, 2002), Danjo Kyodo no Shokuba dukuri (or Creating Gender Equal Workplace, (Minerva Publishing, 2004/2008), Work/life Balance and Management (Minerva Publishing, 2018), and co-translated work Saiko no Shokuba, (Minerva Publishing, 2012: The Great Workplace by Burchell and Robin, Jossey-Bass, 2011).

She has served for various councils and committees related to gender equality and work/life balance. She was the first-year mentor/chaperone for TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Initiative 2013 by the U.S. Embassy, and has been serving as coordinator for Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren)’s women’s empowerment program, supported by U.S. Consulate General Osaka.


In Search of Better Working Conditions: From the Japanese Perspective of Women’s Career and Work/Life


The Japanese society under the current Abe administration is undergoing transition and transformation through modification and improvement of working conditions. Japan constructed a unique employment system with mostly Japanese males in the mainstream and women on the periphery of the labor market in its high economic development period. However, after the enactment of Equal Employment Opportunity Act in 1985 (enforced in 1986), this situation has been gradually changing, and more women seek employment on an equal basis with their male counterpart. The government has also enacted the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace in 2015 (enforced in 2016) in order to integrate more women in the mainstream of the business community as part of all the nation’s active involvement. Being an unprecedented aged society, Japan is now facing, (and will further face), a serious lack of workforce due to the population decrease, and thus it is now starting to diversify the human resources in the business community. The government has set out on its workstyle reform by reducing long working hours and improving social infrastructure to support working parents so that it would create a better working environment for existing employees in the labor force. In addition, the government is now trying to integrate more workforce of 1) women, 2) the elderly, and 3) global human resources from abroad. In particular, women, who used to opt out of the labor force for their childrearing responsibilities, are promoted to get into the labor market.

The objective of this keynote address is to unravel the society’s transition in terms of work environment and women’s perception, focusing on the present situation as well as some of the social infrastructure, work environment improvement policies and actions that the government and companies are taking. I herein present the current Japanese women’s working situations as to women’s advancement in the business community with some cases promoting women’s retention and leadership in Japanese companies. I examined the background of Japanese women’s advancement and described important elements of the current situation in the Japanese society. To facilitate women’s advancement in the business community, work-life balance issues are critical. The elements that are essential for women’s advancement in the corporate world were examined, and in search of better working conditions, some of the unique aspects to promote women’s career and work/life are unraveled.

Keywords: women’s career, work-life balance, Japanese society, workstyle reform

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Important Dates
Submission Deadline
May 08, 2019
Notification of Acceptance
April 26, 2019

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May 16, 2019

Conference Date
August 6-8, 2119

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