Table tennis champion Sayaka Hirano: Japanese women often outshine their male colleagues in sport but are denied the opportunity to excel in the workplace (photo: dpa)

Feminisation of Japan? The ambivalent role of women in Asia’s most advanced economy

Japan’s unequal treatment of working women is holding back the nation’s economy. If the gender gap were closed, Japan’s GDP could increase by 15 per cent – lifting the country from its 20 years of economic stagnation. But are Japanese women ready to demand their due?

IF JAPAN'S female employment rate matched that of males - which at 80 per cent is one of the highest in the world - gross domestic product (GDP) would be improved by as much as 15 per cent (about €750 billion), according to an economic study by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs.

For a deflation-plagued economy that has been stagnating for two decades, even a smal...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
For a deflation-plagued economy that has been stagnating for two decades, even a small jolt would be a godsend
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