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Japan: Women still face glass ceiling for top positions at work

"More Japanese women are working now — but there’s still a glass ceiling for top positions, ex-Goldman strategist says", 8 Mar 2021

Japan has seen a marked increase in female participation in the workforce — surpassing the U.S. and Europe in terms of percentage — but there’s still a glass ceiling for women in leadership roles, says Kathy Matsui, a former vice-chair and strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan.

Matsui is widely recognized as the one who coined the term “womenomics” in 1999...

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“But where that ceiling really affects Japan is that there’s still a dearth of women in a leadership position,” she said. “For instance, female manager ratio is still stuck at around 15%. And the percentage of female board directors still in the single digit territory — less than half of what we see elsewhere in the developed world.”

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According to a Nikkei report last year, women occupied less than 8% of management positions in corporate Japan. This is far less than the goal set by the Japanese government which aimed to have women occupy 30% of management posts by 2020. 

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