Japanese women and work: Holding back half the nation [economist.com]

KAREN KAWABATA represents the best of Japan’s intellectual capital. She has just graduated from the University of Tokyo, the most prestigious in the country. Wry and poised, with an American mother and Japanese father, she has the languages and cosmopolitan attitude that Japanese companies particularly value nowadays. In April she will join McKinsey, a consultancy that should give her immediate membership of a globe-trotting elite.

Yet Ms Kawabata sees obstacles in her path. She is acutely aware of the difficulties she would face at traditional Japanese companies, should she find herself joining one. Ferociously long working hours, often stretching past midnight, are followed by sessions of “nominication”, a play on the Japanese word for drinking, nomu, and the English word “communication”; these are where young hopefuls forge connections and build reputations. Nowadays women trying to impress the boss are allowed to drink plum wine mixed with plenty of soda instead of beer, says Ms Kawabata. But that is hardly a great improvement.

via Japanese women and work: Holding back half the nation | The Economist.

Advertisements

Tags: ,

About plerudulier

Primarily interested in interacting and engaging with people about issues related to profession but also charity, environment, ... you get the idea.

Trackbacks / Pingbacks

  1. Weekly blog posts (weekly) | Lelapin's Weblog - April 6, 2014

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Les trouvailles de Georgette

Trésors du domaine public et des licences libres : une sélection de la bibliothèque Georges Brassens, Paris 14e

Urbanisme - Aménagement - Fiscalité

Consultant et Formation en Urbanisme

Le Blog de Nicolas Beretti

Avec de l'entrepreneur et de l'auteur à l'intérieur

iROCBlog

L'information Revisitée et Ouverte aux Citoyens

Thierry Borne

RIEN N'EST IMPOSSIBLE

Le Monde selon Jane

Très politiquement et surtout très incorrect...

ecosphere

Medias et économie numérique par les chiffres, les idées et les rencontres

La cybercriminalité

Observatoire de veille sur la cybercriminalité

800.000 feignasses!

800.000 enseignants : 6 mois par an? 20h par semaine? Non!

Electrek

Charge Forward

Me & My SharePoint [FrontEnd]

© Christian Stahl - All about SharePoint branding & customizations

La Petite Espagne de la plaine saint denis

L'immigration espagnole à Saint-Denis / La emigración española a Francia

Valeurs de la culture

Carnet de recherches de Dominique Sagot-Duvauroux

Papilles en Balade

Dans ma cuisine, dans mes balades, en Bourgogne et ailleurs... Suivez mes papilles !

J'ai pris parti

A gauche toute!

dominik schachtsiek

My website more focussed on expertise - less opinionated as www.opinionated-alchemist.com

The Travelographer and Me

He does photos, I do words

%d bloggers like this: