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Women at work: Standing out above the old boys: Forging a path as a woman in corporate Japan

BY NOBUKO KOBAYASHI, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   Japanese women are an enigma to the world. On one hand, they are portrayed by popular media as second-class citizens in a stubbornly chauvinistic culture. On the other, a small but rising number of women do advance their long careers despite adversity, although collectively less prominent than their Western peers.   Are these female….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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ECONOMY

Glass ceiling intact at one-third of Japan’s top corporations

By Kimura Satoshi, staff writer   One-third of companies listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange still have no female executives, prompting the government to publicly shame them by listing their names on a website.   According to the Cabinet Office’s Gender Equality Bureau, 732 enterprises, or 33.4 percent of the TSE’s top-listed companies, had no female directors or….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 8:00 a.m.
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33% of major firms listed in Japan have no female executives

TOKYO – A total of 33.4 percent of major companies listed in Japan had no female executives as of July, with the rate exceeding 50 percent in such sectors as shipping and pulp and paper, the Cabinet Office said last week.   Among the 2,189 companies listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, 732 did not have any….Read more

  • December 5, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 9:59 a.m.
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ECONOMY

Infographics: Women in national public service

  • November 22, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 27
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ECONOMY

Survey: Half of major Japanese companies have neither female nor foreign board members

Listed companies have been slow to introduce diversity into their boards. A survey found that 50% of Japan’s major listed companies have neither female nor non-Japanese directors. Amid the heightening demand to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), corporations now are called to introduce diverse perspectives into their management. At the same time, companies must select people based on their….Read more

  • November 21, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 1
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SOCIETY > Women

The chef, the bartender, the sake brewer and the entrepreneur

MELINDA JOE, Contributing writer   TOKYO — Japan may lag behind other developed countries when it comes to gender equality in the boardroom, but more and more women are taking the lead in hospitality, an increasingly important sector for Japan’s economy.   “Women have always been present in the world of food and drinks — for example, in farming and….Read more

  • November 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 8:00 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Space

Feature: Japanese CEOs boldly going where no women have gone before

By Supriya Singh   TOKYO – What is it like to lead a space startup as a woman in Japan, a country that was 120th among 156 countries in the gender-gap rankings in 2021?   Ask Naomi Kurahara, co-founder and chief executive officer of Infostellar Inc., one of the trailblazer female CEOs in an industry still dominated by men.  ….Read more

  • November 17, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 1:20 p.m.
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POLITICS

Mori Masako appointed as special advisor to PM on female empowerment

At a press conference held on Nov. 10, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu announced the appointment of former Minister of Justice Mori Masako and former Minister of Defense Nakatani Gen as special advisors to the prime minister on female empowerment and international human rights issues, respectively. Kihara Seiji and Murai Hideki have been reappointed as special advisors to the prime….Read more

  • November 11, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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SOCIETY > Women

Keidanren to urge support for women in balancing work, family

The Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) will call on its member companies to provide more support for female employees in balancing work and family life in the 2022 shunto spring labor-management negotiations.   Keidanren has included this proposal in its shunto policy draft, with the aim of reducing the number of women who find themselves forced to quit their jobs for….Read more

  • November 6, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 3:24 p.m.
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POLITICS

Facing stubborn hurdles, fewer Japanese women win elections

YUKIKO AMANO, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — The number of women running for seats in Japan’s lower house election on Sunday failed to rise despite it being the first parliamentary election held under a 2018 law that urges political parties to even up the number of male and female candidates.   While women made up 17.7% of all candidates,….Read more

  • November 3, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 12:01 p.m.
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