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Female Employment

12

Sep

Dark Days Could Lead to Dawn of Japanese Entrepreneurship

By Debbie Howard

 

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, or GEM has pointed out that in “2000-2009, Japan recorded one of the lowest rates of entrepreneurial activity amongst the world’s leading nations.” The GEM report from 2009 said that “Japan’s citizens exhibit the greatest fear of failure among the 20 innovation-driven economies the GEM analyzed, and ranked dead last in the number of citizens who perceive opportunities for entrepreneurship.”

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15

Jun

The Numbers Are In: Even Japanese Males See Value of Women in Workplace

By Debbie Howard

 

Attitudes toward women in the workplace in Japan are changing slowly but surely. Companies are getting on board and offering support for employees with families as a way to encourage women to stay in the workforce.  And even though women still have to make tough choices to make regarding their careers versus their family life, the evidence is growing to show that men are increasingly supportive of the changes that are taking place.

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06

Apr

Women Important Not Only in the Workplace, But Also as Consumers

By Debbie Howard

 

In past columns, I’ve written about the changing gender roles in Japan, the importance of incorporating women in the workplace, and even the statistically-proven positive effect of all this in improving Japan’s flat birthrate.

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22

Sep

Female “Work Returnees” Yet Another Valuable Resource

By Debbie Howard

 

I have often said that Japanese companies tend to be losing out when it comes to utilizing Japanese females as a valuable resource, especially compared to their foreign counterparts who are much more proactive about creating favorable workplaces for females.  While foreign firms still seem to have the lead, it appears that Japanese companies are beginning to institute practices that are gaining recognition.

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23

Jun

Long-term View Illuminates Deep, Far Ranging Changes

By Debbie Howard

 

As I approach my 23rd anniversary in Japan — literally tomorrow, June 24th — it is interesting to reflect on some of the dramatic changes since 1985, when I arrived.  Many have commented on the slow pace of change in Japan, and indeed compared to some countries, change can seem glacial at times.  However, I feel rather confident in saying that Japan is quite a different place than it was.

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10

Mar

Fertility Rates Could be Lifted by Putting Japanese Women to Work

By Debbie Howard

 

Although the old image of the Japanese woman subserviently removing her master’s shoes is a distant memory in these modern days, some sobering statistics show that the role of women in Japan’s future is still not nearly as well leveraged as it could or should be.

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06

Aug

Working Women Not to Be Ignored as Consumer Segment

By Debbie Howard

 

One of the most important consumer segments in Japan is that of working women; the changes we can observe among this group are having a significant effect on Japanese society, both at work and at home.

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