Initiative to Promote Women’s Rights in Japan

October 9, 2015

Women’s Rights in Japan

The number of Japanese women in work is at its highest since 1953, according to figures from the Japanese Cabinet Office. However, a recent initiative to encourage more companies to give senior job roles to women has fallen flat on its face – with a zero success rate!

As reported in, the initiative offered companies chance to apply for a share of more than half a million pounds for simply promoting a woman into a senior position… but as it stands, the total budget remains untouched, with none of the 500 companies involved applying for the reward.

This is all happening thanks to a target set by PM Shinzo Abe, to increase the representation of women in supervisory roles to 30% by 2020 (currently just 8%). But according to The Japan Times, some companies felt that the criteria of this specific initiative was too difficult, and wanted to wait until the requirements were reduced and the rewards increased.

So… if you were the Japanese PM, what would you do to try and increase female representation in supervisory roles? Let us know your ideas below!


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