Japan to delay 'womenomics' target for female leaders by up to a decade: report


Japan will delay by up to a decade its target to raise the percentage of women in leadership posts to 30% - part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to empower women - after failing to hit the deadline this year, domestic media have reported.

Abe's policies to boost the role of women in the economy and politics, dubbed "womenomics", is a pillar of his efforts to cope with Japan's low birth rate and aging population.

Japan's global ranking on gender parity, however, fell to 121st out of 153 countries in a World Economic Forum report for 2020, the largest gap among advanced countries and down from 101st when Abe took office for a rare second time as prime minister in 2012.

Only 15% of senior and leadership posts are held by women, the report said. Abe's 19-member cabinet has two female ministers and just shy of 10% of lawmakers in parliament's powerful lower house are women.

"Achieving the target during 2020 is impossible, realistically speaking," the Mainichi newspaper quoted a government source as saying, without identifying the source.

The new target date will be postponed to "as early as possible by 2030" in a fresh five-year gender equality plan to be approved by Abe's cabinet this year, the paper said.

"I think there is a lack of commitment by the government and this is the proof," said Machiko Osawa, a specialist in labor economics at Tokyo Women's University, commenting on the delay.

An official at the government's Gender Equality Bureau said experts were currently discussing the new basic policy plan but she could not say when they would reach a conclusion.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Lol. No surprises here, just Japan as normal. Move along, people.

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Have they even started??

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Woman demanding better jobs! Is this “reverse sexism”?

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Lol. No surprises here, just Japan as normal. Move along, people.

hit the nail on the head

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It's normal for Abe to fail, it's actually expected.

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Japanese men: " YES!" Japanese women: "YES!" How many Japanese women really want change in Japan? I see no protests. I see no female leaders who take to the streets to demand change. Where are they?

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That's another one for Japan-not-progressing bingo!

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Japan will delay by up to a decade its target to raise the percentage of women in leadership posts to 30% -

I think that this goal is wrongly set from the beginning. Interventions for the sake of gender equality/diversity should NOT be implemented on leadership levels. They usually fail as have been demonstrated.

Instead, focuses should be upon middle to bottom rank and file where gender inequality persists, but reforms are much easier to make without conflicts.

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Looks like half the headlines today are about Japan changing guidelines and definitions to suit failed policies.

Moving the goalposts. Pencil sharpening.

“You are a slow learner, Winston."

"How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."

"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.” 

― George Orwell, 1984

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Clearly demonstrating that they were never serious about it to begin with. Japan really needs a "Women's Lives Matter" campaign.

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I'm confused it was an urge from a "special" person shouldn't we all tow the line? My whole world view has changed with this disapoitment. So I was lied to? I would say more but my bitter tears have blurred my vision.

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What a crock of poop! They gave stated they will delay it for a decade, but have not given any reason for it. Gender should not have anything to do with it, nor should race. It’ll be a cold day in hell when Japan has a female black PM.

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I'm a man but I would not want to work the hours required for "senior and leadership posts" at many Japanese companies. I'm sure some other men and many women (in this culture where women raise children) feel the same. Many women do not want to work full-time, never mind work enough hours for promotion to "senior and leadership posts".

I think establishing a proper work-life balance for all workers is a prerequisite for women to get anywhere. If you continue to force the question "work or the family?" onto people, the sensible response is going to be "the family". Have women reached equality in any other culture where working overtime every day is expected?

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