Womenomics in Japan

  • Reference: HBS-417002-E

  • Year: 2012

  • Number of pages: 35

  • Geographic Setting: Japan

  • Publication Date: Feb 17, 2001

  • Fecha de edición: Jan 17, 2018

  • Source: HBSP (USA)

  • Type of Document: Case

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"Womenomics in Japan" profiles Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's vigorous attempts to revive Japan's economy, specifically by advocating for a larger role for women in the economy--not as a matter of social policy or gender equity per se, but as an essential element of any solution to Japan's persistent low economic growth. Several decades of economic stagnation led Abe to spearhead a multi-faceted reform effort to shake off deflation and come to grips with Japan's large national debt and rapidly aging society. "Womenomics"--the promotion of economic empowerment for women--has been a key element of this effort. Since taking office in late 2012, Abe has advocated for women in myriad ways: through sustained rhetoric at home and abroad, by naming women to key cabinet and party positions, and by setting ambitious numerical targets for expanding their professional ranks. To support these efforts at effecting institutional change, Abe also has overseen rapid growth in daycare facilities for the children of working mothers, and has worked intensively to encourage Japan's business associations to increase hiring, promotion, and empowerment of women among member firms. At issue is how effective such measures have been, and whether they can successfully be sustained.


Business & government relations Change management Economic growth Employment discrimination Gender Gender discrimination Labor markets Leadership Women Working conditions