Female managers still rare in most firms, survey finds


Women are still underrepresented in corporate management positions, according to a recent survey.

The survey by Teikoku Databank Ltd. released Wednesday shows that in 81.1 percent of companies, women fill less than 10 percent of positions at section chief or above.

The proportion of women in such managerial positions was between 10 and 20 percent at 7.1 percent of the surveyed companies and between 20 and 30 percent at 4.1 percent.

Only 2.6 percent of the companies said that more than half of their management positions were filled by women.

Companies need to take measures aimed at promoting women to management positions and creating an environment friendlier to female workers, said an official at Teikoku Databank, a credit research company.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been encouraging companies to promote women to management positions as part of his pro-growth agenda.

The survey found that the proportion of female managers had not changed from five years before at 72.1 percent of the companies and increased at 16.8 percent.

It showed that 22 percent of the companies said they expect the proportion of female managers to rise.

The survey, conducted between July 19 and 31, covered 23,226 firms across Japan. Valid responses were received from 44.8 percent of them.