US-ATMC (EE402A) Special Seminar

Women in Japanese Business: What's Changing and What's Not
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:50pm
AllenX Auditorium
Various Panelists, listed below
Abstract / Description: 

Free and open to the public. This discussion is a special session of Stanford Course JAPANGEN 051/251 "Japanese Business Culture and Systems."

Please join us for a discussion of how the conditions and attitudes that surround women in Japanese business have been developing in recent years, especially after Prime Minister Abe's stated commitment to increase women's participation in the workforce and presence in boardrooms. The discussion will also include strategies and skills needed for success in management and executive tracks of business with a US-Japan focus.

Our panelists have distinguished track records of work in Japan and with Japanese companies and clients. Ms. Aiko Fushida brings a background in engineering to extensive experience in US-Japan strategic venture capital and open innovation, currently working in Silicon Valley with one of Japan's major telecom carriers. Ms. Akemi Koda brings her experience as a marketing manager for one of Japan's largest electronics companies to a Silicon Valley consulting firm that focuses on US-Japan cross-border business development, opportunity analysis, and project management implementation. Ms. Liz Shoemaker brings a background of living and working in Japan for over 10 years to an international law firm in San Francisco, where her practice includes corporate transactions, intellectual property licensing and civil litigation. The panel is moderated by Ms. Siejen Yin-Stevenson, former Assistant Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center and currently Director of External Relations, Stanford Department of Chemistry.


  • Aiko Fushida, Strategic Venture Relations Executive, KDDI America
  • Akemi Koda, Senior VP, USAsia Venture Partners
  • Liz Shoemaker, Partner, Law Offices of David Makman


  • Siejen Yin-Stevenson, Director of External Relations, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University