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Salaries for women in Japan hit record high in 2021

Tokyo, March 25 (Jiji Press)–The average monthly salary of full-time female employees in Japan came to 253,600 yen in 2021, hitting the highest level since comparable data became available in 1976, a labor ministry survey showed Friday.   The average pay for women, excluding overtime and other extra compensation, grew 0.7 pct from the preceding year, up for the eighth….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:39 p.m.
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Microsoft, ex-McKinsey execs to shake up Japan’s civil service

SHUNSUKE SHIGETA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Two women with experience at U.S. companies are ready to take Japan’s civil service system away from its traditional focus on seniority and lifelong employment toward a merit-based approach more common in the private sector and overseas.   They aim to revamp Japan’s rigid bureaucracy for the modern age, set to serve together on the agency….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
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Japan’s top court rules dual surname ban constitutional

Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld lower courts’ rulings that law provisions banning married couples from using different surnames are constitutional.     In the verdict issued Tuesday, the top court’s Third Petty Bench rejected appeals filed by de facto married couples in two separate lawsuits. They claimed that the provisions in the Civil Code and the family….Read more

  • March 24, 2022
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ECONOMY

Japan gov’t may require companies to release gender wage gap as early as 2023

TOKYO — The Japanese government has begun considering requiring companies to disclose wage levels by gender in order to “visualize” the wage gap between men and women. The move is expected to be implemented as early as next year to encourage companies to make efforts to correct the disparity.   The government plans to require information to be disclosed in….Read more

  • March 24, 2022
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Infographic: Wage gap between men and women, by age group (2020)

  • March 23, 2022
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Interview with Australian Ambassador to Japan Jan Adams on gender equality

By Ando Miyuki   Countries’ gender equality policies are reflected in the personnel appointments of women at embassies, which are at the forefront of diplomacy. At the Australian Embassy in Japan, women hold all three senior posts as a result of the concrete goals set by the Australian government to increase the number of women in leadership posts. The Tokyo….Read more

  • March 19, 2022
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POLITICS

Japanese lawmakers outline bill to support women with problems

Tokyo, March 22 (Jiji Press)–A suprapartisan group of Japanese lawmakers has drawn up the outline of a bill to strengthen support for women facing difficulties such as poverty and domestic violence.     The outline calls for the bill to clarify local governments’ responsibility to provide support to women, requiring prefectural governments to compile plans including various support measures.     The….Read more

  • March 22, 2022
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Where does Japan stand in terms of ‘gender’ compared to the rest of the world?

TOKYO — Compared to other countries around the world, what is the situation surrounding “gender” in Japan? The Mainichi Shimbun spoke to Yuki Honda, a graduate school professor at the University of Tokyo and the author of “‘Nippon’tte donna kuni?” (“What kind of a country is ‘Japan?’”), which analyzed Japan using international comparative data.   The World Economic Forum’s Gender….Read more

  • March 20, 2022
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Female suicides rise in Japan for 2nd straight year in 2021

TOKYO — The number of women committing suicide in Japan rose for the second straight year in 2021, totaling 7,068, due possibly to the lingering impact of the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Tuesday.   But with fewer men killing themselves, the overall number of suicides in the country inched down by 74 to 21,007. The figure, nevertheless, remained 838 higher than the number in….Read more

  • March 15, 2022
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Bosses in Japan urged to understand working mothers

Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)–With an increase in the number of women with jobs in Japan, moves to have bosses understand what it is like to be a working mother are on the rise.     For women, who tend to see a need to change the ways they work due to childbirth, child-rearing and other life events, to be successful….Read more

  • March 9, 2022
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