August 1, 2012, at a meeting of the Council for Gender Equality
"Women are one of Japan's 'frontier' areas. I think of them as our greatest latent strength. I consider promoting the activities of women to be indispensable for the rebirth of Japan. The London Olympics are now at their height. It is entirely natural to see women's active participation in the world of sports. I intend to encourage the active participation of women not only in the world of sports but also in all other areas of society. I believe that we must create a society in which it is entirely natural to have women participating actively as public servants, researchers, or CEOs, just as in the world of sports."