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Japan women hold 8% of manager jobs, far from 2020 goal of 30%

Equal opportunity in the workplace remains illusory despite government pledge

Floor managers at Aoyama Trading discuss sales. The retail industry has the highest percentage of women managers at 12.8%.

TOKYO -- Women currently occupy less than 8% of management positions in corporate Japan, a dismal figure showing that equal opportunity in the workplace remains elusive despite the government's bullish promises.

The ratio remains virtually unchanged from a year earlier, climbing just 0.1 point to 7.8%. Nearly two decades ago, Japan set a goal of having women occupy 30% of management posts by 2020. Teikoku Databank, which conducted the survey in July, reports that momentum for promoting women has lost steam due to the pandemic.

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