1 in 10 Japanese firms headed by woman

November 10th, 2010By Category: Work Tips

It is not just maid trains that employ Japan’s female population as a recent survey by a credit ratings agency found that one in every 10 companies in Japan has a lady president.

Tokyo Shoko Research said it conducted a survey on 2.09 million companies of all scales in Japan, and found that 10.1% were headed by woman presidents, with Tokyo having the highest rate of 12.7% among prefectures.

The image above is of Yoshimi Morinaga, a CEO who founded popular girls avatar fashion site poupee girl at the age of 25 and has since gone on to start other enterprises.  By industry, 34.8% of the firms with female presidents were service-related businesses, such as restaurants and education, followed by 16.2% in retailing, 14.4% in real estate, 10.4% in construction, 8% in manufacturing and 7.7% in wholesale.

In the past, female presidents in Japan often inherited their businesses from their parents and spouses, but lately, there have been women who started their own businesses by offering original services, the research agency said.

It also noted in a statement that those recent female entrepreneurs often build up connections with people ‘‘without caring too much about their titles or which groups they belong to,’’ in apparent contrast to a tendency observed among their male counterparts.

According to the research group, with the prospects of the Japanese economy becoming increasingly uncertain, female presidents are expected to become the engine in breaking it (and everyone in the country) out of the doldrums.

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  • kenya says:

    make it with an american? Are U serious! why would I want to be with a fat, loud talking yank, who’s only topic of conversation would be about eating donuts or which country take oil from next.

  • Americanborne says:

    Those aren’t good odds. One in ten are female? Who buys into this racket and who stays with it? No wonder all males are here are like these clowns. Keep kissing up. See how far you get. I guess you couldn’t make it with an American, right? So you moved over there.

  • cman says:

    My god! relax honey! I give you massage with happy ending? A few points guest;
    1. Mum jokes are sooooo 1995.
    2. Fat ugly pigs get the best punnuni in Japan – look at Sumo wrestlers girlfriends.
    3. Insspiration – I would definetly go to work everyday to try and get a feel.
    4. All these boys are doing is admiring her hot sexy little body – it would be great to bend her over office table.

  • guest says:

    You guys are jerks. Men like you are disguisting. Here she is, trying to show that women can make themselves into something and get higher ranks than men even in a male dominant country, and you start putting sexual harrassement comments.
    That’s disguisting. I bet you are all fat ugly pigs behind a computer screen. You don’t have to worry about looking good for her because,
    1. That’s impossible for anybody like you,
    and 2. You’re so damn gross that the king kong’s daughter (your mom) wouldn’t have a look at chu.

    Thank you,
    and I bid you disguisting pigs a farewell. I hope this young lady is an inspiration to other women and I hope she gets far in life with her career. She’s seems like a respectable woman, and all these boys are doing is talking shit. No respect for her at all.

  • loast says:

    another butch lesbo

  • Its good to see that someone like her can emerge as a successful executive in a country where male domination is just pretty strong.

  • Big Curtis says:

    morniaga-sannnn you need me to do anything?

    “you chow mai pu tang”

    Yeeea baby *loves my job*

  • whitestuff says:

    me too – I would give her favours while hiding under her desk and then I would smash that punnanai hard. All in a days work for a hottie boss.

  • Jingles says:

    She’s a cutey, bet she makes a mean cup of o-cha too.

  • Jptkyo1 says:

    fap, fap, fap, I like what I see, she can rule my country all day, fap, fap, fap

  • barry says:

    I would tap it. Enjoy it too.

  • peanut says:

    Female CEO for a fashion avatar website. Doesn’t sound strange. 10.4% of 10% female CEOs in construction sounds normal too.

  • Curtis says:

    How could work for her. SHe is soooo hot you would just want to watch her bend over and then rub her clacker.