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Of the 47 provinces in Japan, Nagoya ranks 33rd when it comes to workforce diversity for women. To achieve a higher ranking, three areas that are key to families and work–life balance must be improved:

  • More women must be employed full-time
  • Quality daycare must be easily accessed
  • Men must have shorter working hours

If Nagoya is to retain its talent and attract businesses, the local government and area companies must address these and other points critical to building a diverse and vibrant workforce.

With an eye to the future, the 2018 Chubu Women in Business Summit took place on October 25 at Hotel Nagoya Castle with a focus on the points above.

The potential for a bright future lies ahead for Chubu. In 2027, the Linear Chuo Shinkansen—an ultra-fast train built on maglev technology—will go into service and shorten the trip between Tokyo and Nagoya from 90 minutes to 40. But to take full advantage, the region must make itself more attractive to businesses, workers, and families.

Prepare for Tomorrow

This challenge was clear in the two centerpieces of the Chubu Summit. The plenary session, “D&I: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters for Business,” was delivered by Megumi Tsukamoto, director of Government and Corporate Affairs, Japan at ​Caterpillar Japan LLC, and was followed by a panel discussion entitled “Preparing for a Decade of Change: Empowering Women and Workstyle Reform.”

This group discussion was facilitated by ​Tomoka Miho, director and associate general counsel, Legal Department, English Solicitor Deutsche Bank Group. Tsukamoto also took part in this panel, and was joined by: Nihon Fukushi University Professor and Doctor of Social Welfare Science Sumie Goto; Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC Executive Advisor Haruto Tsutsumi; and Etsuko Miyamoto, vice governor of Aichi Prefecture.

Megan Casson is a staff writer at Custom Media for The ACCJ Journal.