First Female Manager of Bank of Japan Says Japanese Women Being Held Back

Tokiko Shimizu, the Bank of Japan’s first female branch chief, says the country’s tendency to shield women from responsibility is what’s holding many back. At 45, the youngest among 32 regional heads, she is bucking the trend.Shimizu, who last month became head of the central bank’s Takamatsu branch on the western island of Shikoku, said male managers in Japan being “soft” on female subordinates has restricted their career growth.“ I doubt managers are treating female and male subordinates in strictly the same way, giving them the same tasks and developing them,” she said in an Aug. 13 interview in Takamatsu. “If a woman is denied experience with important duties, later on she’ll be told she’s not fit to be a manager.”

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