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2 Sep 2015

Japan: Parliament adopts law to promote women in workplace

The Japanese parliament has adopted a law aimed at promoting the role of women in the workplace. Businesses with over 300 employees, as well as the central and local governments, will be required to set public numerical targets for the employment, and promotion to managerial positions, of women. 

Though government had initially indicated that it wanted mandatory targets, this was eventually not included in the bill submitted to parliament. Nor are there penalties for companies that fail to fulfill their targets. The law will initially be in force only for ten years.

The percentage of managerial posts held by women in Japan, 11 percent, is the second lowest in the OECD. The government has announced a goal of increasing this percentage to 30 percent by 2020.

 [Summary of Japanese and English language articles, by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]