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SK-II STUDIO Returns to Support Women Entrepreneurs Across Tokyo



Launched by Forsman & Bodenfors, the film goes beyond the Tokyo Olympic stadium to show the everyday fight of female business owners in Japan

SK-II STUDIO Returns to Support Women Entrepreneurs Across Tokyo

Furthering its commitment towards its brand purpose #CHANGEDESTINY, global prestige skincare brand SK-II returns with its last SK-II STUDIO film for the year – 'BEYOND THE STADIUM', shining a much-needed spotlight on a community has been highly impacted by the pandemic—women-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs in Tokyo. 

The pandemic has been a tough set-back for small businesses globally and especially in Japan with the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 87% of women business owners globally have been adversely affected by the pandemic. This adds to a preexisting difficult climate in Japan for women entrepreneurs. Employed Japanese women who are own-account workers are among the lowest within the G7 countries (4.4%), and significantly below the OECD average. 22% of women in Japan aspire to own their own businesses but only 5.3% of business  are actually owned by women. 

'BEYOND THE STADIUM' provides a thought-provoking look into fight that goes on beyond the Stadiums in Tokyo. It celebrates the strength and resilience of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs who are taking destiny in their own hands—keeping the business of their  dreams alive in these challenging times.  

Narrated by Kaori Momoi, award-winning actress and SK-II’s longest-standing brand ambassador, 'BEYOND THE STADIUM' juxtaposes struggles faced by Olympic athletes in pursuing their dreams with the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and small business owners in Tokyo over the past year which has been amplified by the lack of anticipated visitors for the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

'BEYOND THE STADIUM' features the stories of Olympic athletes—gymnast Simone Biles, swimmer LiuXiang, table tennis player Ishikawa Kasumi, badminton player Misaki Matsutomo and surfer Mahina Maeda as well as women entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Tokyo—Mai Odajima, owner of a kimono store 'KIEN', Reika Yasuhara, owner of a Japanese ‘wagashi’ confectionary 'DAISANMANENDOU HANARE', Ai Hashimoto, owner of a flower shop 'ON FLOWERS', Naoko Yoneyama, owner of a Japanese rice ball store 'NY CAFÉ' as well Natsuko Shiraki, owner of an ethical jewelry store 'HASUNA'.  

With the release of the 'BEYOND THE STADIUM' film, SK-II has also built a virtual shopping street--#CHANGEDESTINY STREET within SK-II CITY to feature the stores of these women entrepreneurs in Tokyo. Visitors will be able to drop in to each store to experience each  entrepreneur’s unique craft—be it to learn how to style a kimono in a unique way or see how traditional Japanese sweets 'wagashi' are given with a modern twist, learn about their stories and explore the stores as if they were in Tokyo.  

“In these unprecedented times we are in, consumers have a much higher expectation towards brands and businesses. We know that we have an even larger social responsibility to the communities we operate in and be a force for good.” shared Markus Strobel, 'resident P&G of Skin and Personal Care. 

“#CHANGEDESTINY is at the heart of our brand purpose at SK-II. For years, we have celebrated how destiny is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice through the stories of courageous women around the world. With the launch of 'Beyond the Stadium' and our virtual shopping street within SK-II City, we are taking yet another step forward in our #CHANGEDESTINY journey. It means a lot to us to be able to continue to support women-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs to keep their dreams alive in these challenging times in Tokyo as the Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

“As part of our longstanding relationship with SK-II we're proud to launch this next chapter of Change Destiny. Just like before, we try to encourage women to stand up for their dreams and fight for their goals in life. Looking back at the past year with all its challenges, this is something easier said than done. The campaign shows that stories from Olympic athletes are actually not that different from stories of female entrepreneurs in Tokyo. They were all hoping for their big moments, be it inside or outside of the arena, and now they all need our cheering and support. Now we are hoping to create support for the female business community in Tokyo. In the wake of the loss of anticipated visitors to the Olympic Games, they need it more than ever.” added Susanna Fagring, CEO, Forsman & Bodenfors Singapore. 

'BEYOND THE STADIUM' is the eight original film launched by SK-II STUDIO this year following its debut film 'The Center Lane' by award-winning director Hirokazu Koreeda featuring the inspiring story of swimmer Ikee Rikako’s return to competitive swimming and the 'VS' Series—an animated anthology series of six films that explores what it takes to take destiny in your own hands through the real-life stories of Olympic athletes—gymnast Simone Biles, swimmer LiuXiang, table tennis player Ishikawa Kasumi, badminton players Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo, surfer Mahina Maeda, and Hinotori Nippon, the Japan Volleyball team.

In line with this, SK-II dedicates its #CHANGEDESTINY FUND4 to a program to support women-owned small business and entrepreneurs impacted by the pandemic in Tokyo. Proceeds from the #CHANGEDESTINY FUND, worth US$500,000 will go towards a year-long program supporting women-owned small business and entrepreneurs in Tokyo with Shibuya City and MEETALK—a Tokyo-based women entrepreneurship network to equip them with digital and social skills, business networks and platform to build and keep the business of their  dreams alive in these unprecedented times. 

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Genres: Dialogue, Storytelling, People

Categories: Skin care, Beauty & Health

Forsman & Bodenfors Singapore, Mon, 21 Jun 2021 10:56:23 GMT