Recently, I have talked about "L’Oreal and women in science", and "Asian Youth Exchange Program", which started in Okinawa.
In the column of "L’Oreal and women in science", I wrote how Japanese women players came out demonstratively different than Japanese men in the sports activities such as softball, baseball, soccer, Judo and wrestling in Beijing Olympics.
"Asian Youth Exchange program" is an excellent policy planned and newly started by the Former Prime Minister Mr. Abe and cabinet minister Ms. Takaichi as part of "Innovation 25" policy which I was also involved. It would be nice if it expands and gets carried over nationwide. The funds for this program do not necessarily have to be the public funds but can be collected through different schemes such as tax systems. I hope that the schools, local communities and enterprises will make spontaneous contributions and participate actively. That is what I call "Society Innovation" and "Talent Innovation".
By the way, you can see various photos at http://flickr.com/. Have fun! Thanks to Mr. Ivannanto, an international student from Indonesia who had participated from Asia Pacific University, for creating this site.
As I was searching the data of this "Asian Youth Exchange Program", I realized that out of the 30 participants from overseas, there were 15 men participants and 15 women participants. Of the 45 persons who participated from Japan, there were 30 women and 15 men. Oh!, I thought, and when I inquired about the number of applications to the secretariat, the number of applications from women was overwhelmingly more and as a result the female participants were having higher competitive rate. The points related to the qualification, considering the competency to some extent, are written on the application form but still the motivations towards the participation is fairly different. Isn’t it? Why is it so?
I am expressing my opinions in this blogs frequently but please think about it.