Ivanka Trump met up with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a dinner in Tokyo on Friday, on the second and last day of her trip to Japan.
The first daughter, 36, posed for photos with Abe, 63, after giving a speech about female entrepreneurs and women’s role in the economy at the World Assembly for Women 2017 earlier in the day.
Ivanka stepped out in a $1,995 kimono-inspired dress made in Italy by designer Johanna Ortiz for the dinner, which took place after the mother-of-three spoke out against harassment of women in the workplace, specifically highlighting sexual harassment which she insisted ‘can never be tolerated’.
Ivanka made the comments during a speech on female entrepreneurship and women’s role in the economy at the World Assembly for Women 2017.
During her second official trip abroad as a senior White House adviser, the president’s eldest daughter spoke out against harassment of women in the workplace.
‘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.’
Her remarks came amid growing attention to sexual harassment of women in Hollywood and other industries in the US. Ivanka’s father has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct by more than a dozen women. He has denied their allegations.
Ivanka picked the below-the-knee, flowing dress by the Colombian designer, with pink accents and a flowery pattern, tied around the waist with a black bow belt for what appeared to be a nod to the traditional Japanese clothing dating back to the Heian period, between the eighth and twelfth centuries.
Designer Johanna has had previous ties to the White House, having been invited in the past to show her collections there and at the United Nations as a fashion ambassador to her native Colombia.
Meanwhile, Ivanka departed from her usual straight blowout and instead wore her long hair in relaxed waves, perhaps owing to the current humid weather in the Japanese capital. The White House adviser finished her outfit with black stilettos. Posting several images from the dinner on her Instagram account, Ivanka revealed that the Prime Minister had actually presented her with a birthday bouquet as a special surprise.
‘An unforgettable last night in Tokyo!’ she captioned the post. ‘Thank you Prime Minister Abe for the warm hospitality and the belated birthday wishes.’
The images show the first daughter, who turned 36 on October 30, sitting down to enjoy a traditional Japanese meal with the Prime Minister and several other guests, and also capture the group enjoying what appears to be a fan dance.
Ivanka is also pictured receiving a beautiful floral bouquet from the Prime Minister, beaming with delight at the special gift.
It was a busy day for Ivanka, who appears to have made a quick fashion change into her kimono-style dress after appearing at the World Assembly for Women 2017 in a pink suit, where – in addition to commenting on sexual harassment in the workplace – she also called for an increase of women and minority participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
‘Female and minority participation in STEM fields is moving in the wrong direction,’ she said. ‘We must create equal participation in these traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy.’
She said her father’s tax reforms – unveiled by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday – would benefit American families.
‘We are seeking to simplify the tax code, lower rates, expand the child tax credit, eliminate the marriage penalty, and put more money back in the pockets of hard-working Americans,’ she told a meeting room in a Tokyo hotel that had a number of empty seats.
Abe, who joined her onstage, said his government was aiming to mobilize women in Japan’s workforce and strengthen economic growth, launching policies such as improved childcare in his ‘Womenomics’ program.
‘We’ve put our full strength into creating an environment where it’s easy for women to work,’ Abe said in an opening address to the conference.
‘I really feel that Japan has come a long way,’ he said.
Japan’s gender gap remains wide despite such efforts, with little progress made since Abe vowed at the United Nations in 2013 to create ‘a society where women can shine’.
Japan ranked 114 out of 144 in the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap report – sandwiched between Guinea and Ethiopia and down 13 places since Abe took power.