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Female Bosses in Japan

Tuesday, August 2, 2005 Posted: 05:48 PM JST

Somehow this little bit of interesting news escaped my roving eyes. In June, USA Today published an excellent article on female CEOs in Japan. Some of the numbers mentioned in this article are really depressing:

• Women account for fewer than 0.8% of the CEOs at Japanese companies that have shares listed on the stock market. In the USA, women head nine (1.8%) of the Fortune 500 companies.

• Japan ranks well below average — No. 38 out of 58 countries studied — in providing economic opportunities to women, according to a recent study by the World Economic Forum. (The USA ranked No. 17, and Sweden was No. 1.)

• Women are the top executives at just 5.64% of all registered Japanese companies, a percentage that has been rising but at an excruciating pace — from 5.53% in 2000, according to the research firm Teikoku Databank.

• Just 3% of Japanese companies have a woman on their boards, vs. more than 86% for U.S. companies, according to Corporate Women Directors International, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting more women on corporate boards. The 27 Japanese companies in the Fortune Global 200 last year had just three female directors — 0.7% of their total directors, lowest in the world.

Keywords: national_news

Related Links:

  1. Sites about Women in Japan at Japan Links
  2. Sites of Japanese Human Rights Advocacy Organizations at Japan Links

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