Partner spotlight: Japan


The partnership between the Government of Japan and UN Women has grown steadily, closely linked to the national gender and development priorities identified by Japan, and the country’s leading role regionally and internationally. The Government of Japan recognizes the role of women in contributing significantly to the national economy, as well as in the household. This has led to greater investment in women’s labour force participation, women’s leadership and retention, both in the public and private sectors. The application of a gender perspective and policies is impacting the Japanese society and economy, and empowering women within Japan and beyond.

Japan’s development cooperation priorities are also imbued with a gender equality perspective that has translated into support for UN Women’s work on women’s and girls’ education, building food security for women and families, and ensuring that efforts in crisis response and management consider women’s leadership, accessibility to resources, and need for protection.

Since the establishment of UN Women, the Government of Japan has contributed to the entity, and there has been an upward trend in Japan’s regular and other resources contributions over the last three years. Between 2011 and 2019, Japan provided an aggregate contribution of USD 134.33 million. In 2019, Japan was the seventh-largest government contributor with USD 17.65 million and the fourteenth-largest regular resources contributor with USD 3.93 million.

In his role as a UN Women HeForShe 10x10x10 IMPACT Champion, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is a strong advocate for gender equality and UN Women. He is committed to strengthening the partnership between Japan and UN Women, enhancing leadership and employment opportunities for women in Japan, and leveraging international aid to empower women and end sexual violence in conflict. Under the Prime Minister’s leadership, Japan’s partnership with UN Women and prioritization of disaster risk reduction, peace and security, humanitarian aid, economic empowerment, and ending violence against women will continue to generate change in the lives of women and their communities.

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Partner profile: Japan

Motegi Toshimitsu, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Motegi Toshimitsu, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Government of Japan is a vital partner in UN Women’s mission to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. In an interview with UN Women, Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motegi Toshimitsu, highlights why realizing gender equality is an important goal for Japan.