Gender inequality in Japan: analyzing preliminary findings from a US investment bank

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David Pillai, G. and Taylor, A. 2024. Gender inequality in Japan: analyzing preliminary findings from a US investment bank. ONResearch Journal. (11), pp. 10-30.
AuthorsDavid Pillai, G. and Taylor, A.
Abstract

Inequality occurs in every labor market, and in most nations, males expect to be paid more for producing the same work as females. This is a widely held belief in high, low context,
and sophisticated cultures. This paper aims to determine the level of gender inequality at a Japanese subsidiary of a U.S. investment bank based in Japan. The research seeks to discover how women are seen and whether they are constrained in terms of equality and advancement. Semi structured interviews are used to interpret qualitative data transcribed and categorized 23 female Japanese workers’ comments. Inequality has been revealed. Despite having greater education and experience, women were seen negatively by male co-workers. The investigation also revealed a ‘glass
ceiling.’ The study included 23 female interviews, not limiting generalization and transferability. Change in Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) should concentrate on increasing workplace equity and inclusion. MNEs might use dual-role women as role models. This study’s conclusions benefit researchers, employers, and Japanese employees seeking jobs in U.S. investment banks.

KeywordsGender inequality; Work-life balance; Banking; Japan
JournalONResearch Journal
Journal citation(11), pp. 10-30
ISSN2624-7844
Year2024
PublisherEU Business School
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Accepted02 Oct 2023
Deposited03 Apr 2024
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