Ivanka Trump touts 'womenomics' on Japan visit, despite visible gap

For the first time ever, Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department formed a female-only security team to protect female dignitaries, and the squad's first task is to guard Donald Trump's daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka as well as his wife Melania.

She also called for boosting equal participation in "traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy".

The issue of sexual harassment has been in the spotlight since bombshell claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, with allegations emerging against a host of others in the entertainment industry.

"All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect", she said.

"This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated", she added.

"When women live up to their potential, many world issues can be solved", said Abe.

In a perhaps strategically beneficial warm-up for the United States president - whose popularity recently hit a low of 24 per cent among Japanese - Ms Trump flew into Tokyo on Thursday, just days before her father was due to arrive for the launch of his high stakes Asia tour on Sunday.

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A Washington post reporter at the event tweeted a picture of empty rows of seats.

Ivanka Trump (L), advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a meeting of the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo, Japan November 3, 2017.

On Sunday afternoon, the USA president and 63-year-old Abe will play golf with Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama, Takehiro Shimada, Minister of Communications and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan said here ahead of Trumps visit to Japan.

Noting that Japan remains deeply concerned about the threat posed by North Korea, he said Japan fully supports the United States position, that all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea.

On her first visit to Japan, the first daughter's 18-minute speech outlined a strategy for empowering women in the workplace.

Her trip to Japan is also to lay the groundwork for her father's trip, which begins in Japan on Sunday.

Britain's defence minister quit this week in a harassment scandal engulfing the country's parliament.

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