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Japanese companies must capitalize on gender gap disclosure rule

Pay data should force management to set road maps for improving women's status

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Commuters at Tokyo's Shinagawa Station in 2020: The gender-based division of roles is clear in Japan.   © Getty Images

Nobuko Kobayashi co-leads the Japan consumer practice of global strategy consulting group EY-Parthenon. The views expressed in this article are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the global EY organization or its member firms.

Otsubone-sama, now used to refer to controlling middle-aged women in the workplace, was originally the title for the female senior butler who supervised the shogun's mansion in imperial Japan's Edo period between the 17th and 19th centuries.

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