In 2013, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe announced plans to release an initiative, creating a ‘Japan in which women can shine’ which urged more women to take on leadership roles.
According to a Japan Times article, six years after the fact, few females are buying into the ‘womenomics push’ that Abe had implemented as the outdated tenet that a woman must prioritize her personal life over all else, continues to act as a driving force in the workforce gender gap.
The International Labor Organization marked the ratio of Japanese women in management and other leadership positions, as 12% while global figure reached 27.1% in 2018. Japan has seen the smallest growth, having increased 3.6 percentage points since 1991.
It appears that both Japanese men and women still hold reservations, concerning the latter, occupying top positions. A study released in November, 2018 by Women Political Leaders and Kantar Public, surveyed 1,000 adults from each of the G7 countries and reported that a mere 28% of Japanese women said they would feel comfortable with having a female CEO.
Nevertheless, efforts to boost appreciation for females in the workforce have not dwindled with movements and initiatives, being birthed on just about every social media platform.
One example would be Melanie Brock, an Australian resident of Japan who launched the ‘Celebrating Women in Japan’, which now holds a humble yet impressive following of 3k followers on Twitter.