Unfilled rows brought to mind the large gaps in the crowd at her fathers inauguration in January
The US first familys visit to Asia has got off to an inauspicious start, after Ivanka Trump shared her views on sexual harassment and womens empowerment in front of a half-empty venue in Tokyo.
Donald Trumps daughter already a familiar face in Japan thanks to her modelling work and fashion empire did not mention her father by name during her brief address to the World Assembly for Women on Friday, focusing instead on her work with the US administration to promote womens role in the economy.
Officials reportedly said her speech was the most registered event of the three-day assembly, but that tight security had meant not everyone had been able to enter the hall before the doors were closed for the duration of the speeches by Abe and Trump.
However, the Guardian arrived at the hall 10 minutes before the event began and witnessed no long lines of people waiting to get in. Another attendee who entered as the doors were closing said just a handful of people were milling around outside.
Earlier this year, she was greeted with boos and hisses at the W20 summit in Berlin when, appearing on a panel with the German chancellor Angela Merkel, she referred to her father as a tremendous champion of supporting families.
On Friday in Tokyo, speaking in a reference to an avalanche of allegations of sexual harassment in the entertainment and political worlds, she said: All too often our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect.
This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated.
The comments also revived memories of Donald Trumps boast, in a leaked videotape that emerged during the presidential campaign, that he could get away with sexually assaulting women. When youre a star, they let you do it, he said. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.
Truth be told, on Sunday nights, after a messy and wonderful weekend with my children, I am far more exhausted than on Friday evenings, after a long week of work at the office, she said at the venue, where those rows of empty seats brought to mind the large gaps in the crowd at her fathers inauguration in January.