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Okinawa as No. 1 in female CEO ratio: lessons for the rest of Japan 

In Japan, where only eight out of a hundred company presidents are women, it will take 360 years for the number of female CEOs to catch up to the number of male ones if the ratio continues to increase at the current pace of 0.1% a year. In Okinawa, however, the situation isn’t quite as bleak, with women accounting for….Read more

  • April 7, 2022
  • , Asahi
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Rebels with the cause of escaping unjust school rules

Last year a 19-year-old Tokyo woman filed an unusual lawsuit seeking compensation from her high school for emotional distress she suffered in her senior year. She claims to have been hounded by its administrators to drop out or face expulsion for flouting the ban on dating. The high school, which is known for demanding students adhere to strict “ethical principles,”….Read more

  • April 7, 2022
  • , Asahi, Mainichi , Toyo Keizai
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Students shed sailor blouses for unisex look

The movement to eliminate male and female differences at schools began to take hold in 2015 when the Education Ministry issued guidance to education boards around the nation to take steps to consider transgender and other sexual-minority students by, for example, relaxing or scrapping gender codes for uniforms. Today, a growing number of schools allow students to choose gender-neutral uniforms….Read more

  • April 7, 2022
  • , NHK
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Two-way phenom Ohtani scores twice in year’s top buzzwords

Japanese publishing house Jiyukokuminsha recently announced the top buzzwords of the year in its annual celebration of the latest viral words and newly coined expressions. While most of 2020’s top buzzwords were linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this year’s words were related to sports and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.   Among 2021’s top 10 buzzwords were two….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , All national papers , All TV networks
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“Women who want both kids and a career are greedy.” Huh? 

A handbook issued by the Hiroshima prefectural government to support working mothers is creating a stir. The book, which has the English title, “Working Women ‘Yokubari’ Support Handbook,” attracted attention after the prefecture posted a message on its Twitter account on Nov. 27 announcing that it is distributing the booklet for free. The 50-page handbook, first issued in 2014 and revised in 2020, offers useful information for working mothers on pregnancy and childbirth support systems. The problem lies in its description of the working mothers as yokubari, which means “greedy.”  ….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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SOCIETY > Youth

In surprising twist, video-focused SNS leads youths to printed books

A thought-provoking novel penned by a respected writer 32 years ago suddenly became a bestseller in July, with almost 110,000 new copies printed this year alone on top of the 270,000 sold over the past three decades. What kind of people bought Tsutsui Yasutaka’s Zanzo ni Kuchibeni wo (Lipstick on Afterimage), which describes a world in which one hiragana character….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , Asahi , NHK
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Youths believe the fault lies in the stars, not themselves, for where they are 

“You made a choice to join the imperial family by marrying Dad. But Mako and I didn’t have another option. We were born into it. All we want is an ordinary life!” This is what Princess Kako (right) allegedly told her mother during a quarrel over the controversial marriage between her older sister Mako (left) and commoner Komuro Kei, whose….Read more

  • October 28, 2021
  • , Asahi , Shukan Diamond, Weekly Diamond
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Visionary scholars eschew Japanese harmony for American candor

Syukuro Manabe, a Japanese-born meteorologist at Princeton University, received this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics with two other scientists for his work in helping the world understand the effects of global warming. The achievement was met with excitement in Japan, with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, who once served as the minister of state for science and technology policy, directly congratulating….Read more

  • October 28, 2021
  • , Nikkei , TV Asahi
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Whether Japan will ever be led by a woman depends on women

The recent LDP presidential election, which was effectively a race to select the next prime minister, gained a lot of media attention, partly because two of the four contenders—Takaichi Sanae and Noda Seiko—were female. Although neither was elected, the race offered a glimmer of hope that Japan might have a female leader one day. Asahi (9/20) noted that during the election campaign, the candidates talked about measures to reduce the gender gap that had not been fully addressed in past LDP….Read more

  • October 28, 2021
  • , Asahi
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Alerts don’t spoil story for surprise-averse Generation Z 

Generation Z, or Gen Z for short, refers to people born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. They followed Generation Y, better known as the millennials, who were born between the early 1980s and around 1995 and are expected to make up 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025. Since a lot has already been said and written about the millennials, there is now growing international interest in the generation that succeeds them. Gen Zers tend to be naturally tech-savvy and accustomed to….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Business Insider Japan
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