Thoughts and Personal Comments by First Lady Akie Abe

“Thoughts and Personal Comments by First Lady Akie Abe”

The Harvard Club of Japan is honored to welcome Japan’s First Lady Akie Abe, to hear her views on topics of importance to her. Please join us for this very special evening!

Date: February 18th (Thursday)

Time: Doors open 19:00

Place: Tokyo American Club

Admission: 15,000 yen payable in cash only at the door. Exact change appreciated. 

To help cover costs of this event, we are offering limited premium seating closer to podium available for 30,000 per seat. If interested, please mention when you send your e-mail registration and we will contact you to confirm. 

Please note that Mrs. Abe's speech will be in Japanese.


Admission includes a lovely dinner buffet with table seating, and all beverages.

**Please note the following:

  • For security reasons, we will need verification that you are a member of the Harvard Club of Japan or have received an invitation from any such member. In addition, you must be registered to be admitted.  NO WALK-INS, or no one without reservations, will be allowed for this event. Thank you for your understanding.  
  • All views and opinions expressed during the event are the speakers', and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or policies of the Harvard Club of Japan or Harvard University.

·         Please note that no-shows and cancellations after February 12th will be invoiced. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Registration: Please reserve no later than February 12th by emailing  with the information required below:

(1) All alumni must inform us of your degree and graduation year.  

(2) Harvard Visiting Scholars and other non-alumni members are asked to specify the duration of your stay at Harvard.

(3) The full names of guests at the invitation of members of (1) and (2).  Please include the names of organizations your guests work at, or their relationship to you.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Speaker's biography:

Mrs. Akie Abe is the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Born in Tokyo, Mrs. Abe worked for DENTSU INC. after graduating from Sacred Heart Professional Training College. She received a master's degree in Social Design Studies from Rikkyo University in March 2011. She married Mr. Shinzo Abe in 1987 and was a popular disk jockey in the 1990s, known by her jockey name "Akky".

Mrs. Abe has been active in humanitarian activities such as school construction (Terakoya) in Myanmar. In her second term as First Lady of Japan, she has expanded her activities and devoted herself to the field of education, women, and international cooperation. She is also actively supporting rural agriculture and rejuvenation, such as rice farming in Shimonoseki city of Yamaguchi Prefecture, her husband's hometown.