PROFESSIONAL LUNCHEON: "Womanomics" for Real? The Truth about Working Women in Japan, By Abe & Sakamoto
"Womanomics" for real? The truth about working women in Japan
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Shimbun & Former Editor-in-Chief of "Working Women's Section"
Director, Economic and Social Policy Office, METI
Language:The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation
"Buy my Abenomics," declared Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to an appreciative overseas audience – and some indeed have. But has anyone bought his "womenomics?"
The term was coined by Goldman Sachs partner Kathy Matsui in a report written nearly 15 years ago, which argued that equalizing roles in the workforce was a better solution to Japan's shrinking labor pool than loosening immigration laws or raising the birthrate. Since then, the concept has been enthusiastically embraced and marketed by Abe as part of his economic revival plan.
Back when Matsui's report came out, the proportion of working-age women with jobs was 56.7 %, according to the Statistics Bureau. The number has gotten better -- according to the OECD, 63 % of Japanese women aged between 15 and 65 were working in 2010, slightly higher than the OECD average of 62%, though lower than countries such as the U.S., at 68 %; and the UK, at 70 %. But what sort of jobs are they in, and on what sort of terms? How well are they represented in leadership and management? What is the reality for women in the Japanese workplace?
Come and hear from Riwa Sakamoto, METI's diversity champion and promoter of equal opportunity in the corporate world, under the "Nadeshiko Brand",a joint program she started with the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Sakamoto will be joined by Nami Abe, Senior Staff Writer and former Editor-in-Chief of the "Working Women's Section" page of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
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