We often hear Japan described as a ‘traditional’ society. That description certainly conjures up images of geisha walking down the streets and other well-worn tropes. That isn’t what you see in Japan (well, most of the time, anyway).Read MoreSix Charts Revealing Unique Challenges of Women in the Japanese Workforce
CarterJMRN has been tracking working from home trends among the general public aged 16-69 via our Japan Consumer Sentiment Survey.Read MoreWorking from Home Trends in Japan – Are Women Missing Out to Men?
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals and 169 targets that countries are encouraged to use as a guide for sustainable development.Read MoreJapan’s People Start to Engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
On many levels, Japan appears to ignore key elements of what westerners consider to comprise social modernity. One classic example is the profound lack of progress women have made in gaining meaningful roles in management. In this area, to name only one, Japan seems to trail other countries by decades.Read MoreCarter Japan Consumer Values Survey 2021 – A Surprisingly Progressive Japan Emerges
As we moved into 2020, there was much-justified optimism in Japan. In 2019 we had celebrated the enthronement of a new emperor and the promise of a new age to come, called ‘Reiwa’. Furthermore, 2020, with the hosting of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, was to be the year that Japan took its place on the centre stage of world attention.Read MoreWomen and 2020
If a single word could sum up Japan’s gender role rigidity, it’d be kanai. It means “one who remains inside the home,” and is how many husbands here refer to their wives in public.Read MoreThe only figure you need to understand gender equality in Japan
The story involves what’s been dubbed the #KuToo movement—a play on kutsu, the Japanese word for shoes, and kutsuu, the word for pain, politicians with feet firmly placed in mouths, men slipping into high heels, and the kind of vintage sexism Japan is far too known for.Read MoreCruel Shoes and Vintage Sexism in Japan
In spite of the well-publicized push by the government to get women to return to work after having children, the fact remains that there are barriers for women that make returning to work extremely difficult.Read MoreWomen Entrepreneurs Solving Problems for Working Moms
In our 2019 CarterJMRN Japan Sentiment Study, we asked 1000 men and women across all 47 prefectures whether they felt that women are making progress toward equality in society. While almost half of the men at 47% felt that this is the case, women were rather less optimistic with only 30% agreeing.Read MoreWhat Do Women in Japan Want? – And More Importantly, Why Don’t We Know this Yet?
When an 18-year old Osaka student filed a $19,000 lawsuit against the Osaka Prefectural Government because her school insisted that she dye her natural brown hair black, the responding social media buzz revealed a Japan knocking on the door of change.Read MoreBlack Hair Backlash Highlights Push for Individualism in Japan