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Record 12.1% of Japan’s managerial posts held by women: survey

  • August 10, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Women hold 12.1% of the managerial posts equal to or higher than section chief at Japanese companies (with more than 10 employees) in fiscal 2016, a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) found. The proportion is the highest since fiscal 2009, when comparable data first became available. But the Japanese government still has a long way to go to reach its goal of “raising the ratio of female business leaders to 30% by the year 2020.”


The proportion of women in managerial posts was up 0.2 percentage points on the year.


Broken down by post, women hold 6.5% of managerial posts equal to department manager and 8.9% of posts equal to section chief. Both figures are higher than the previous fiscal year. Also, women hold 14.7% of posts equal to subsection chief, the same percentage as last year.


By industry, women accounted for 50.6% of managerial posts in the medical and nursing care industry and 21.0% in the restaurant and hotel industry.


Meanwhile, the ratio is only 1.8% in the utilities sector and 8.7% in the financial and insurance industry.

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