Record Number of Women are Joining Japanese Workforce
Compared to other industrialized nations, female employment rates in Japan have been low historically. Most recently, 44.5 percent of the Japanese workforce was female, compared to around 46 to 47 percent in Western countries. In 2019 so far, 51.8 percent of women over the age of 15 were employed, compared to 69.4 percent of men.
If women work in Japan, they often work part-time or as contracted employees. In 2017, this was true for around half of women employees, compared to 18 percent of men. Women also only occupy a small share of executive positions in Japan. 12.9 percent worked in management in 2016, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
This chart shows employment rates of men and women in Japan from 2007 to 2019.