A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Women in Positions of Power

Do you want the good news first, or the bad?

All right, I’ll give you the good news. A survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan found that 66.6% of the 7000 companies that responded to the survey had women in managerial and administrative positions. This is a 15 point increase from 1989.

The bad news is that only 20.7% of responding companies reported that they have programs in place to help women develop their abilities. Of the 22.3% who responded that they don’t have any such programs, 56.7% said that programs like that were not necessary as women had already reached their full potential.

This information is from the Japan for Sustainability Information Center: Number of Female Managerial Workers Increases

The original Japanese report on the survey is here: 「平成18年度女性雇用管理基本調査」結果概要:大企業を中心に女性管理職割合が上昇

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