Press Release (22 February 2017)
Tokyo Governor Seeks Yunus' Advice for 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and women entrepreneurship in Tokyo
Governor of Tokyo, Ms Yuriko Koike, who is also the former Environment Minister of Japan, called on Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus during his trip to Japan to discuss social business opportunities and women entrepreneurship in the Tokyo city. Governor also invited Professor Yunus to address a special consultative session with Olympic officials who are organizing the Tokyo Summer Olympic 2020.
Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus discussed how social business can offer innovative solutions to healthcare issues related to Japan's aging population while delivering the keynote speech at the first social business International Conference on Healthcare, SDGs, as chief guest organized by Kyushu University and Asahi Newspaper on February 21st, 2017 held at Asahi Hamarikyu Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Professor Yunus talked about the aging society, changing pattern of healthcare and how the young can contribute to this social need. Governor of Tokyo, who was former Environment Minister if Japan, Yuriko Koike spoke as a guest speaker. People from Academia and Industry were the audience of these programs. Professor Yunus also awarded the winner of Yunus and Youth Social Business Design Competition conducted by Kyushu University Yunus Shiiki Social Business Centre. Governor of Tokyo had an exclusive meeting with Professor Yunus regarding application of social business concept in creating a city-wide program of women entrepreneurship.