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Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan

Kumiko Nemoto


The number of women in positions of power and authority in Japanese companies has remained small despite the increase in the number of educated women and the passage of legislation on gender equality. This book draws on theoretical insights regarding Japan's coordinated capitalism and institutional stasis to challenge claims that the surge in women's education and employment will logically lead to the decline of gender inequality and eventually improve women's status in the Japanese workplace. The author's interviews with diverse groups of workers at three Japanese financial companies and two ... More

Keywords: Japan, gender equality, Japanese capitalism, women's education, women's employment, gender inequality, Japanese workplace, vertical sex segregation, Japanese women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702488
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kumiko Nemoto, author
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies