Picture of Yuriko Koike campaigning in the elections for governor of Japan’s capital city in 2016

Japan needs woman power

  • Japan’s conservative culture discourages women from combining children and careers
  • As the country’s demographic trend worsens, more women’s participation in the labor force is essential
  • While traditionalist ruling elites have ignored this solution, societal change seems inevitable

Japan’s population is shrinking and aging rapidly. Its demographic projections for coming decades are getting ever more pessimistic, with some forecasts predicting that the country’s population, which currently stands at some 127 million, will shrink to 83 million by 2100.

While such long-term prognostication is inherently uncertain, one thing is already apparent: Japan is suffering from a demographic crisis that strains the existing social security system, damages its labor market and impairs its industrial competitiveness.

In addressing these complex challenges, strategies for empowering Japanese women and incorporating them into the economy will be of pivotal importance.

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 Urs Schoettli
Japanese women have the highest life expectancy in the world, far ahead of the United States
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What's inside
  • Japan’s conservative culture discourages women from combining children and careers
  • As the country’s demographic trend worsens, more women’s participation in the labor force is essential
  • While traditionalist ruling elites have ignored this solution, societal change seems inevitable
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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