Japan's women's pay gap

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One of the complaints I usually hear about Japan is the wage gap between women and men. While a man earns 1200 yen an hour, a woman with a similar service receives only 1,000 yen. This seems unfair, but to what extent is this wage inequality?

The wage gap between women is often large, and there is a huge range of factors that are responsible for this. While men manage to earn in the range of 350,000 yen a month, there are women who do the same thing and earn in the range of 250,000 yen. The difference between the average salary paid to men and women corresponds to 25.9% of the average salary of men.

Remembering and making it clear here: Don't generalize! 

Why are women paid less?

There are several factors that explain this distortion in Japan's pay standards. Let's see a list below:

  • National and international trends that influence Japan's diverse labor market have contributed to greater gender inequality;
  • Women's working hours are usually shorter;
  • Women are often employed in occupations that pay less;
  • Employers believe that women should be paid less because they should put in less effort than men;
  • Gaps in the laws allow companies to pay less to women who do the same work as men;
  • The wage gap is mostly seen in factories;
  • A small air of machismo still prevails;
  • Many women end up abandoning their careers due to family, this ends up scaring companies to invest a lot in them;

There is still a philosophy that men are responsible for the role of head of the family and breadwinner, while women only need a part-time job to supplement their income.

Pay inequality for women in japan

Women's work in Japan

The women fills 63% of the vacancies of baito or works part-time in Japan. The consequence of this is that non-regular workers receive 38% less than the average regular workers. Women dominate jobs in hotels, restaurants, etc.

This wage gap has gradually narrowed. Gender inequalities in the Japanese professional world have significantly decreased for university graduates. Nowadays women have shown themselves capable and usually dominate more than 15% of high-ranking positions in companies. Japan's prime minister wants at least 30% of women to dominate these positions in every area possible.

Japan is the land of opportunities for anyone who wants and seeks it. If even foreigners get significant positions in companies, women have shown their ability to dominate and be well paid.

According to surveys, it is common for Japanese women to resign because they are uncomfortable with their salaries, promotions and the rare leadership roles they receive.

Take the beam out of your eye Brazil!

Everyone should complain and run after equal rights, the big problem is that many think this happens only in Japan. Some even attack Japan, saying that it is a sexist and very unequal country. The big problem is that, unfortunately, Brazil is among the last places in the salary equality ranking, at least it has already been second to last. So before starting to use Japan as an example of a country with wage inequality, it is good to reassess our country.

Pay inequality for women in japan

The wage gap between men and women in Brazil can reach up to 40,000 BRL per year. To note that Japan is not so macho, it has a portion of 22% of female members in the government, while Brazil has only about 15%.

Although the salary of Japanese women remains lower than that of men, their average is still R$8,000 per month. Even though Japan's economy and cost is more expensive (not as much as you might think), the purchasing power of the Japanese is much greater.

The pay gap between men and women is a global problem, and unfortunately research shows that this is only likely to disappear in 135 years. Hope to see your opinion in a comment below. What do you think can be done about this matter?

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