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No headway seen in promoting Japanese women in workplace

Difficulty in work-life balance, taking time off cited as major obstacles in new poll

TOKYO -- Most female managers in Japan have seen little progress in women's advancement in the workplace, a recent survey shows, painting a dim picture nearly a year and a half since legislation to support such efforts came into force.

Asked about such progress, 53.5% of the 400 respondents reported no change in the June poll by the Nippon Omni-Management Association.

Meanwhile, 32.8% saw progress or slight progress, and 2.3% found the situation worse or slightly worse.

Of respondents seeing improvement, 55.7% said there were more female managers and executives. But less than 10% reported a rise in women's motivation or changes in perceptions by men.

The most-cited obstacles were the difficulty of taking days off, at 31.3%, followed by the difficulty of achieving work-life balance, at 24.8%. Many respondents in their 30s and younger cited having to put their careers on hold to bear and raise children as a hindrance to their work lives.

The poll from early to mid-June targeted women on the managerial track in government and at businesses.

(Nikkei)

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