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Too Few Women at the TopThe Persistence of Inequality in Japan$
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Kumiko Nemoto

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702488

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702488.001.0001

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Sex Segregation in Five Japanese Companies

Sex Segregation in Five Japanese Companies

(p.71) 3 Sex Segregation in Five Japanese Companies
Too Few Women at the Top

Kumiko Nemoto

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the methodology and the background characteristics of each firm (five companies: three financial firms and two cosmetics firms), including information on the management, ownership, and circumstances of women's status and employment. The five companies initiated reforms with regard to women's employment in the early 2000s in response to two large forces: the implementation of Japanese governmental guidelines on improving women's employment and the global business imperative relating to gender equality. The chapter also notes the increase in foreign ownership of Japanese companies and its impact on gender equality. Even though there may be some correlation between the high level of foreign ownership and distinct reforms in terms of the integration of women, the reforms did not seem to strikingly diminish gender inequality in the five aforementioned firms.

Keywords:   Japanese companies, women's employment, gender equality, foreign ownership, gender inequality

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