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Japan's women will not reach workplace equality by starting at the top

Secretarial ghettos make all female staff seem less capable and deserving

| Japan
Japanese women deserve an equal role in decision-making. (Photo by Nobuyoshi Shioda)

Hilary J. Holbrow is assistant professor of Japanese politics and society at Indiana University Bloomington.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized his commitment to reducing his country's notoriously high levels of workplace gender inequality in an address to the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo earlier this month.

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