While the hashtag #MeToo has gone viral in many countries, it has yet to gain much momentum in Japan. The national stigma against speaking candidly about, or even reporting, sexual offenses is so strong that it is rare for a Japanese victim to openly come forward.
Every year since 1984, Jiyukokuminsha, the Japanese publisher of the annual encyclopedia “The Basic Knowledge of Current News Terms” has nominated a selection of buzzwords that reflect contemporary trends in Japan.
Homogeneous Japan prefers uniformity, and sometimes enforces it by “hammering down the nail that sticks up.” But has that been carried too far?
“Englishnization is critical—not important, but critical. Japanese global companies are all product-driven like Toyota, Panasonic, and Sony, but the industry is changing: you cannot just export the hardware and make money anymore. You need to develop a global organization or your company will be dead in 10 years.” - Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of high-tech giant Rakuten.
Take heart, women, the right steps can bring success even in male-dominated Mexican business.
Japanese women have been slowly decreasing the pocket money they dole out to their husbands.