Tuesday, March 4, 2008

japan (does not heart) women

The Japan Times recently wrote about newly reported rankings of gender equality from the UN. Japan fared quite poorly, coming in 54th out of 93 countries, due to its lack of women in leadership positions in the public as well as private sectors. Not surprising, but certainly not encouraging. Change is slow, though existent (see announcements today from Shiseido and Resona) here in the land of the rising sun.

Does anyone remember this city commission's branding influx of their logo "NY (hearts) (women)" into subways and taxis everywhere? But no one was too sure what it was all about?
Well, don't worry, I'm sure that would never happen in Tokyo.

In other women's news, a nytimes reporter came to Kyoto to try on a kimono and perform tea ceremony. You can read about her experience here.

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