Friday, March 02, 2007

Japan's Baby making machines discriminated against

Well, as I said, Japan discriminates against everyone who is not an elite snob like Fujiwara, Abe etc. The Washington Post has discovered to their surprise that in Japan, Japanese women are still expected to serve tea and do other menial tasks in the workplace. Men aren't. This is bushido, isn't it? Women certainly have no place in equality with men under bushido and Fujiwara's bizarre fantasy for Japan.

In 1986, Japan banned sexual discrimination against women, but provided no penalties for violations (a normal way of making fake law here). My wife laughed at that as it was such an obvious joke. Many of the foreign media ate it up.

Japan lags severely behind North America and Europe in anti-discrimination laws and enforcement.

This is one reason why my wife and many Japanese women refuse to work in Japanese companies. They know there is no future for them. If Japan as an aging society with fewer workers wants to prohibit half of their talent from contributing anything but babies---whether they want to or not---good for Japan! It will become the Beautiful Country ol' Abe wants. The Japanese public elected* him, Ishihara, (reelected and likely on his way to a third term) and the others who hold these beliefs, so frankly, they must agree with the rightists and deserve what they get.

"As women have come into the workforce, there has been only fractional progress in overall equality in the workplace," said Mutsuko Asakura, a professor of labor law at Tokyo's Waseda University. "In some companies, you've actually seen women fall further behind."

In Japan, women on average earn 44 percent of what men earn -- the widest income gap between sexes in the developed world. Even as the percentage of women in the workforce rose from 37 to 41 percent between 1980 and 2005, the number of women in top management positions climbed only slightly, from 1 percent to 2.8 percent.

In a recent lawsuit: A Tokyo district court judge ruled in favor of the company in 2003, arguing that Japan's equal opportunity law does not "prohibit a corporation from applying different hiring, job assignment and promotion rules" to men and women.

And Japan thinks it is going to fill the gap as the population ages with foreign workers? Do they think foreign workers will be as passive and submissive as the Japanese are forced to be? Well, maybe so. The government will do its best to ensure that they have to be.

*To be accurate, the public does not directly elect the prime minister. He is chosen by the LDP whose members are elected by the public.

All quotes are from the Washington Post article.

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