Women still underemployed despite Japan push for equality in the workplace

12/30/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Japan – Women in Japan continue to face issues with underemployment despite a push for equality in the workplace reports say. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has included policies for the advancement of Japanese women in what some call an aggressive initiative in his platform for reviving the economy, but many women continue to struggle in finding jobs or promotions.

Tomo Tamai, who holds a doctorate in literature from Nihon University and is seeking to return to work, is quoted by the AP as stating of the push for workplace equality, “It is a bunch of flag-waving…I don’t see how he has the vision to realize the goal of helping us, those people struggling to raise a child, working and doing housework.”

As noted in the report, government data shows that a Japanese woman on average makes 70 percent of what a man does for equal work. Women in the country are said to face discrimination in being hired, promoted, and paid, despite making up 40 percent of the workforce.

Junko Fukasawa, a senior managing director at Tokyo job-referral company Pasona Group, is further quoted as stating, “Most major companies are not serious about utilizing the talent of women…They are very male-dominated.”

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