August 19, 2010

JAPAN: Bank boss blazing trails for age, gender

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Adam Le and Masatsugu Horie of Bloomberg are authors of a Tokyo datelined report in
THE JAPAN TIMES on August 19 that points out:

Overly solicitous bosses are holding women back

Tokiko Shimizu, the Bank of Japan's first female branch chief, says the country's tendency to shield women from responsibility is holding many back. At 45, the youngest among 32 regional heads, she is bucking the trend.

Trailblazer: Tokiko Shimizu, Bank of Japan branch manager in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, poses for a photo in the city Tuesday. BLOOMBERG

Shimizu, who last month became head of the central bank's Takamatsu branch in Kagawa Prefecture, said male managers in Japan have been "soft" on female subordinates, thus restricting their career growth.

"I doubt managers are treating female and male subordinates in strictly the same way, giving them the same tasks and developing them," she said in an interview Friday in Takamatsu.

"If a woman is denied experience with important duties,
later on she'll be told she's not fit to be a manager."

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