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'Strikingly' few women in Asia's top jobs: report

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Day-care is nice but its not a right.

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I thought everyone knew this.

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Gender diversity or racial diversity isn't a factor and doesn't need to be a priority... except for the self hating women who live their lives feeling like they should compete in men run worlds. These women have a serious inferiority complex and will destroy their lives trying to prove something to themselves hoping the world notices also. They're unhappy and so are the men who spend their whole lives trying to reach the top of the company ladder for odd reasons. It seems the happiest women are the ones who play the traditional role, the rest seem to have some unhappiness to them like they are trying to fill a void but are not sure what to do.

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Japan came next from bottom with only two percent of such jobs held by women due to similar pressures on them to be a sole caregiver of the family, it said, adding about 60 percent of Japanese women quit or change jobs after marriage.

Disgraceful in the world'd third-largest economy.

“It’s a huge waste of talent, as half of Asian graduates are female. And it is a waste that Asian companies can ill afford, given the severe shortage of senior managers in the region,”

Tell the old-geezers -- men -- who run Japan Inc, this. Theye clearly ndon't see it that way.

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How old are "Senior Managers" typically? 45? University graduates may be 50/50 Men & Women now but 25 years ago in Japan I'm sure there was educational inequality as well. Even at 50/50, not all degrees are created equal. Engineering, Business, MBA programs need a better balance. Japan Inc is not fully to blame for once.

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i'm the major advocate against male domination symbolism BUT, however, even tho, and if ... we got , in the shire overhere, a system where you HAVE to have an equal number of about everything, leading to positions not being filled with the best people for the job , it is a necessity but it has to be handled carefully. Quality over background, no one is born equal, everyone's born different, the biggest problem is people are being bred all their life trying to become someTHING, not trying to become the best they can be. (i hope i dont need to paste my disclaimer about how my posts are about real and not about being like on facebook everytime) You need the right 'person' for the right job, if there's even a discrimination being made other than skill, you're doing it wrong, that means a long way to go, fortunately and again, it's happening everywhere, nous sommes les enfants du monde, don't let them fool you

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Asia also doesn't have vandalism everywhere, hideous youth obesity, middle-class street kids, high-school dropouts, teenage drug addicts, or runaways. The reason is because most families remain intact -- and that's underpinned by traditional gender roles.

The West, where most families split up, pays a huge social and economic price for its approach. Social-welfare services cost taxpayers plenty of $$$, and the costs are skyrocketing.

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leading to positions not being filled with the best people for the job ,

mrmalice -- as opposed to Japan where the top jobs are filled with simply the oldest men around and/or the ones who have offended the least number of people while employed there and never missed a night-out with the boys.

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McKinsey really are a great outfit. Like we needed them to tell us this!!!!!1

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Asia also doesn't have vandalism everywhere, hideous youth obesity, middle-class street kids, high-school dropouts, teenage drug addicts, or runaways. The reason is because most families remain intact -- and that's underpinned by traditional gender roles.

That may have been true decades ago, but obesity is now epidemic throughout Asia. Troubled youth is no longer rare in this part of the world. Families are breaking apart with infanticide and patricide reports practically on a daily basis if you follow the crime news on this site.

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JeffLee: The West, where most families split up, pays a huge social and economic price for its approach. Social-welfare services cost taxpayers plenty of $$$, and the costs are skyrocketing.

I figured someone here would take an opportunity to bash the west, so I looked up what else McKinsey & Company says. They say that in the US: "26% of vice presidents and senior executives are female."

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The only ones to benefit from women in the work place is corporations. If you double the labor pool, costs are reduced. Not saying that women should not work just that if you are going to have kids, someone has to be with them for almost 20 years. 20 years usually meant you got a pension. As for drop out and such, that is more dependent on societies emphasis on education. Countries that do well tends to have longer school days and years. In Japan, women were discouraged from working after marriage. This also cause marriage rates to go down. But the emphasis on a 2 child family resulted in a population decline. This also means that the government will need to encourage women to work. At a time when western women are finding out that you can't have it all. Eastern women will be encouraged to believe that they can.

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