ANZCCJ invites members and friends to join us in celebrating International Women's Day at a special breakfast event on March 8 at Pullman Tokyo Tamachi. Internationally renowned best-selling author and scholar, Dr Kate Kitagawa, Director, Space Education Office at JAXA, will join Ms Janine Pitt, the Australian Government's Education and Research Counsellor in Japan, for a "fireside chat" where we will hear about Dr Kitagawa's exceptional life story, why she was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in Japan and how she is travelling the world, getting young people excited about space and encouraging the next generation of female leaders in this field. Dr Kitagawa is an inspirational and engaging speaker and will no doubt inspire us to follow in her footsteps and recognise our responsibilities to do our bit for gender equality. With the 2023 theme of "DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality", we are delighted to welcome these two senior leaders who will highlight the need to address the issues around digital education, such as the risk of perpetuating existing patterns of gender inequality, and how female participation in innovation and technology is crucial for a sustainable future too. This will be a wonderful event and we hope you can join us!

  • Speaker: Dr. Kate Kitagawa - Director, Space Education Office, JAXA

Dr. Kate Kitagawa is Director of the Space Education Office at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). She received her B.Sc. degree in mathematics and life sciences with a minor in political science from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and earned a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2009.

She went on to teach history at Harvard University. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. Among the courses she offered at Harvard, "Lady Samurai in Medieval Japan" and "Kyoto: The Diplomacy, 1542-1642" were particularly well-received. Her strong commitment to teaching was recognized by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, and she was cited as one of the favourite professors at Harvard.

Her first book, published in Japan, become a national bestseller. She was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in Japan and one of the 100 most amazing Japanese women. She frequently participates in international and public meetings as a speech writer and public lecturer. She also works as an occasional broadcaster, with appearances on Netflix, CNN, the History Channel, and the BBC.

  • Moderator: Janine Pitt - Counsellor (Education and Research), Japan and Korea, Australian Embassy Tokyo

Janine has extensive international experience representing Australia at a wide range of International and multilateral fora. Janine was previously based in Paris for three years as Minister-Counsellor with the Australian Delegation to the OECD where she focused on Employment, Education, Skills and Vocational Training.

Date: Wed 8 March, 2023

Time: 8:00AM - 9:00AM (Doors open at 7:30AM)

Venue: Banquet Room (9F), Pullman Tokyo Tamachi (Map​)

Price: ANZCCJ Member ¥9,500 | Non-Member ¥10,500

Registration deadline: Wed 1 March, 2023


  1. Payment is required at time of purchase of tickets. If your payment will be late due to your company's financial procedures, contact us at as soon as you have completed your registration. Please note that unpaid registrations will not be added to the guest list.
  2. No shows/cancellations will not be refunded as places are limited.
  3. If you have any dietary requests, please email us at by Wed 1 March.
  4. Health and safety precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please cooperate with requests to sanitise hands and maintain social distancing during this event. Please refrain from participating in this event if you have a fever or feel unwell.
  5. ANZCCJ will be taking photos throughout the event, which may include faces of guests. These photos will be used by ANZCCJ on our website and other material. By participating in this event, we wish to let you know that your photo may be taken. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please email us or let us know at the event registration desk on the day.


Pullman Tokyo Tamachi
Minato City, Tokyo, Japan

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