Washington, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Ranil Salgado, assistant director at the International Monetary Fund, called on Japan to promote science education for women to secure personnel for digitalization.
Small and midsize companies in Japan, which play a key role in economic growth, are falling behind in digitalization, Salgado, the IMF’s mission chief for the country, said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.
Japan lags other member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development “in digital adoption by governments, business and financial services,” he said.
He said that the biggest factor preventing small and midsize firms from promoting digitalization is “a lack of IT (information technology) skills in the labor force.”
An OECD survey showed Japan had the lowest share of women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics among the organization’s member countries as of 2019.
Encouraging women to pursue studies in the fields “could help…reduce gender pay gaps,” Salgado said.