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.