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Women’s presence increasing at BOJ

  • April 16, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 9:38 a.m.
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Tokyo, April 16 (Jiji Press)–The presence of women is increasing at the Bank of Japan after a series of measures to make it easier for employees to balance work with family life.

The share of women has risen among the BOJ’s officials at managerial posts and newly hired workers. Earlier this month, Tokiko Shimizu, 53, became the first female BOJ regional branch manager.

The Japanese bank industry, including the BOJ, has a conservative culture. The central bank has a woman on its nine-member Policy Board, which is mainly made up of outside experts, while the posts of executive directors have been monopolized by male employees.

At a branch manager meeting at the BOJ head office in Tokyo on Thursday, a record four women were present, including Nagoya branch head Shimizu and Sapporo branch manager Sho Kotaka, 55.

Shimizu joined the BOJ in 1987. Among female workers, she has been a front-runner, ascending the corporate ladder quickly. She worked in London as an official covering Europe until recently.

 

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