Japan is getting serious about gender equality, and, despite doubters, recent signs point to progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made empowerment for women one of his top three reform "arrows" aimed at rekindling the economy two years ago and set about making policies to boost female participation in Japan's workforce.
One of the biggest sources of that doubt about women's abilities comes from women themselves. The next time you shy away from a promotion or an opportunity in favor of sticking with what you know or what you've been told you're good at, reconsider. Knowing what works can be comfortable. It can also be an easy way to go nowhere.
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I will create a society where women shine. Under my administration, women's active participation constitutes the core of the growth strategy, rather than social policy. In this respect, we have decided that at least 30 percent of all national government officials employed next year will be women. I have also been urging listed companies to add at least one woman as a board member. By encouraging the advancement of women in society, we will raise our growth rate and promote "womenomics."
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