Monday evening’s Nikkei focused on statistics compiled by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications regarding the number of female researchers in Japan. As of March 2016, there were a record number of 138,400 female scholars nationwide, a 10% increase from four years ago. The proportion of women in academia was about 15.3%, also the highest ever. According to the data, the number of female researchers specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the private sector has been soaring. The daily speculated that more women are interested in research positions in these areas perhaps based on the assessment that they can work for a long time in such fields.