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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...


“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.”


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.