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To close the gender gap, it is essential to improve the working environment on the set. There is harassment, working hours are long, and sleep time is reduced. Even if we train young women, they can't stand it and leave.

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Filmmaker Tatsuhito Utagawas, co-founder of the Japanese Film Project (JFP), a nonprofit organization set up to study gender inequality and working conditions in Japanese film production and to make policy recommendations.

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So film-makers can't control the people on their sets. Got it.

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"They can't stand it and leave."

But the men put up with it. Sounds like the women have other options that the men don't...

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Obvious suggestion is to put women in leadership positions so that they can make necessary changes. I can't tell you how many times in Japan I have heard Japanese men speculate at what women/foreigners/etc. want without including them in the discussion.

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But the men put up with it. 

Long hours, yes. But harassment falls overwhelmingly on women, not just in the film industry but in almost any Japanese workplace.

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It’s got nothing to do with women’s rights or working hours, it’s japanese culture. Change that, and the problems will disappear

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But the men put up with it. Sounds like the women have other options that the men don't...

One look at the gender disparity of homeless people will answer that for you. Women always have options, men have all the pressure and expectations on their shoulders.

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Long hours, yes. But harassment falls overwhelmingly on women, not just in the film industry but in almost any Japanese workplace.

The women in my Japanese company have it far easier than the men. They take days off on a weekly basis, they get given less work to do, are given a far easier time if they are not performing and the pretty ones get away with murder, literally doing nothing and drawing a good salary. It's grossly unfair to the male team members.

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It’s got nothing to do with women’s rights or working hours, it’s japanese culture. Change that, and the problems will disappear

Nope, it's simply toxic culture. If people are leaving as they can't stand the practices at the workplace, then the workplace really needs to change its way of thinking and working.

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Right, because men are not subject to harassment, long working hours and reduced sleeping time. /s

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Much of the work involves being on standby and catering to the whims and over-the-top requests of egotistical producers/ directors and demanding talent/actors/ artists, and often excused as creative behaviour.

A little more understanding of what these demands and requests actually entail, and refusing some of the more outrageous ones would go a long way to improve the workplace for everyone.

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