Japan's all-female squad to protect Melania Trump


If Japan's media coverage of Ivanka Trump's arrival in Tokyo is any indication, the country seems to be slightly obsessed with the first daughter's high-ranking position and "great" sense of style.

Trump's second child is scheduled to speak at the World Assembly for Women conference on women's empowerment, a cause she has promoted during previous foreign trips to Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Her words echoed around the room as photos from her speech at Japan's World Assembly for Women showed a half-empty hall.

There she gave a speech on female entrepreneurship and women's participation in the economy. Ivanka will be missing out on the entertainment provided by Abe, who has booked Japanese singer Pikotaro to attend a dinner party in Tokyo on Monday, President Trump's last night in Japan. "She's well educated, beautiful, sophisticated and rich".

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But as much as some Japanese women love her for her blond glamour, as well as her seeming ability to balance career and family, her speech in Tokyo and her outfit choice garnered mixed reactions. "She is a role model for women", Rena Hayakawa, 21, a political science major at Meiji University in Tokyo, said before the speech.

Another woman and former U.S. Senate staffer Mieko Nakabayashi, told the site that Ivanka's "kind of celebrity" resonates with the Japanese people. In a January article in the Independent, titled "Why Japan loves Ivanka Trump", an Ivanka-admiring blogger - who reportedly writes about the first daughter's fashion and lifestyle for the Japan Times - hinted that not everybody is as enamored of Donald.

Ivanka Trump came to Japan at the invitation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and is set to leave one day before her father arrives on Sunday at the start of a 12-day visit that includes stops in South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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