Endemic discrimination against Japanese women: part 2 of 2


reasons for wanting to be a civil servant[part 1] [part 2]

goo Research, along with Yomiuri Weekly, carried out a massive poll amongst working women. For a week at the end of September this year, over 10,000 working women aged 20 and over completed an internet-based questionnaire on their thoughts and opinions. Twenty years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Law was passed, so this is an investigation into how the position of working women has changed.

This second half of the survey sees working for the government as very popular, but engineering-based companies like Toyota and Sony are in the top three, with NTT and IBM also showing up. Two perhaps softer, more feminine companies, Benesse and Shiseido also do well, and with livedoor in sixth, perhaps its well-known distinctly non-Old Boy president indicates to women that the company may be run in a more welcoming, and dare I say Western, fashion.

Note also that the majority of women have felt sexual discrimination at work, and in particular two in five women have experienced problems in the area of salary, promotion, and work and family life balance.

Q6: Where would you like to work? (Sample size=10,042, free answer)

Toyota 375
National civil service 266
Sony 230
Benesse 228
Local government office 210
livedoor 178
Shiseido 167
Hospital 137
NTT 129
IBM 118
Goverment civil service 51

The exact difference between a government civil servant and a national civil servant is unclear to me. Perhaps the distinction is the closeness to politicians.

Q6a: What is the most important reason why would you like to work there? (Sample size=Local+national+government civil service=527)

Easy for women to work there 34.0%
Benefits are good 25.0%
Salary is high 12.0%
Lots of holidays 8.0%
Other 21.0%

Q7: Who is your working woman role model? (Sample size=10,042, free answer)

Hitomi Kuroki 589
My mother 342
Sadako Ogata 294
Nanako Matsushima 198
Mother Teresa 156
Harumi Kurihara 151
Seiko Matsuda 136
Makiko Tanaka 127
Tomoko Yamaguchi 101

Q8: Have you ever felt sexual discrimination at work? (Sample size=10,042)

Yes (to Q8a) 70.1%
No 29.9%

Q8a: In what sort of area have you felt sexual discrimination? (Sample size=7,040, multiple answer)

Salary 63.1%
Promotion 60.0%
Handicapped by housework 56.1%
Handicapped by bringing up children 55.3%
Hiring 37.8%
Work atmosphere 35.5%
Job reassignment 34.8%
Handicapped by nursing 21.3%
Social security benefits 20.5%
Education and training 16.4%
Job transfers 13.0%
Age limits 4.8%
Other 6.1%

The three handicapped items refer to having external responibilities regarding housework, children or nursing (children or elderly parents, etc) and feeling disadvantaged due to lack of consideration, etc, from work regarding balancing professional and private duties.

Q9: In the future, what sort of life style do you think is best for you yourself? (Sample size=10,042)

Splitting responsibility for housework and parenting fairly between husband and wife 41.0%
With family life at the centre, working to help family finances to some degree 37.3%
Be in charge of both outside work and housework 4.8%
Get help with housework and parenting from relatives 4.8%
Get outside help with housework and parenting (maid, nanny, etc) 4.4%
Focus on work, and have housework the responsibility of husband 2.7%
Leave husband responsible for work, housework and everything else 0.8%
Other 4.1%

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  1. February 8, 2011 @ 10:51

    What’s up with wanting to work at Toyota?

    Is there a discussion thread on these results that I am missing or is this it? I find them fascinating.

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