For many Japanese women, going to China is seen as a way escape the gender discrimination prevalent at home. (Photo/CNS)
Many Japanese white-collar women are choosing to seek work in China to avoid the sexual discrimination prevalent in Japan, according to a report from the Japanese Kyodo News agency.
A 39-year-old woman named Nagashima said she felt that there was nothing she could do to change her social position in Japan. She said women are not allowed to hold positions of major responsibility, and she would make her male colleagues jealous whenever she was praised by her boss. She decided to leave Japan to start a new life.
At first, Nagashima worked for a Taiwanese consulting company in China. After she made friends in Chinese political and economic circles, she left her Taiwanese job and went to work for a Japanese enterprise in Shanghai. She was eventually promoted to secretary director of that company, something that could never have happened in Japan, she said.
Some Japanese women working in China reported it was tough going at the start of their new careers in China, but most believed it is the only way to improve their social standing, saying they feel more valued by superiors in China than in Japan.