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Ivanka Trump’s remarks on sexual harassment at event in Japan raise eyebrows

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to President Donald Trump, delivers a speech at World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2017 conference Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Tokyo. (REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko)

First daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump traveled to Japan ahead of the president’s visit and delivered a speech Friday in Tokyo in which she called for women to receive better treatment in the workplace. But her remarks, which touched on the problem of sexual harassment, raised eyebrows given the allegations that have swirled around her father, particularly since a little more than a year ago a leaked hot mic tape from Access Hollywood provided audio of the then-candidate’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” boast.

“All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect,” Ivanka Trump said in the speech at the World Assembly of Women conference. “This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated,” she continued. She also added that more efforts need to be spent bringing equality to “traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy.”

Observers on social media, however, were quick to point out that the first daughter conveniently made no mention of the sexual harassment claims that have been leveled at her father, and which have garnered new interest and legal action in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Many suggested that the first daughter should also deliver the speech to an audience of one: her father.

Meanwhile, Japan’s government rolled out an unprecedented security detail to protect Ivanka Trump during her visit. A special all-female police squad was assembled for the first time ever there to guard her — and it’s no surprise Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking every precaution. As The Washington Post notes, many people in Japan are fascinated with Ivanka Trump and consider her to be “the perfect woman.” Lully Miura, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, told the Post that “Many people think she’s like a princess. She’s well educated, beautiful, sophisticated and rich. And it’s very surprising to Japanese women that she can also talk about things that are important to society.” It’s unclear whether the glaring omission from her speech on Friday shattered the pristine perception she enjoys there.

Read the full story at the BBC.


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