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80% of women say “men have more work opportunities,” poll

  • August 24, 2017
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 12
  • JMH Translation

“Men have more work opportunities at the office and in career development.” Some 80% of women agree with this statement according to a poll conducted by recruiting and staffing services company en Japan. The results were announced on Aug. 24. The Equal Employment Opportunity Law went into effect more than 30 years ago, but this survey reveals the reality that women are far from feeling they have “equal opportunity.” The Internet-based survey was conducted in May and June and received responses from some 517 women from their teens into their sixties who want to find a job as a regular employee or to change jobs.


When asked if men or women have an advantage in employment opportunity, some 77% said “men have an advantage,” while 17% said men and women have “equal opportunity” and a mere 6% said “women have an advantage.”


Reasons cited for why men have an advantage included “more men are hired for regular employee positions,” “men are favored in promotions,” and “men are not criticized for leaving the home to women to take care of.” Those who said that women have an advantage said “women can chose a work style that suits their lifestyle.”


Asked if work opportunities for women have increased over the past few years, some 42% said “yes” while 24% said “no” and 34% said “don’t know.” One pollee reported: “I don’t know what the situation is at large corporations, but at the 30-person company where I work, there are no women in managerial positions.”


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