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Since its inaugural summit in 2013 and the launch of the white paper Untapped Potential in 2016, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Women in Business (WIB) Committee has been effectively advocating for work­place changes that create greater gender equality.

To highlight the progress being made, the committee launched on January 28 its first toolkit, Untapping Potential: Case Studies, during the WIB shinnenkai at The Place of Tokyo.

Building on the white paper, the toolkit contains concrete examples of business initiatives that companies are adopting to increase the number of women in manage­ment and leader­­ship roles in Japan.


The 30-page booklet presents seven case studies broken down into four areas:

  • Workstyle Reform
  • Increase Male Support for Diversity Programs
  • Improve Human Resource Policies
  • Appreciation of Different Employee Perspectives

The committee hopes that the case studies introduced in this survey, aligned to recommendations made in the 2016 white paper, will encourage companies operating in Japan—as well as the Japanese government—to make greater efforts to achieve gender equality in the workplace.

The companies featured in this inaugural collection are:

  • SCSK Corporation
  • IBM Japan, Ltd.
  • Teijin Limited
  • PwC Japan
  • MetLife Insurance K.K.
  • Eli Lilly Japan K.K.
  • MEC Company Limited

These seven stories are sure to inspire you, and it is hoped that more ACCJ member and non-member companies will be inspired to share with the committee stories of their efforts to increase the number of women in leadership roles so that this toolkit can be updated on a regular basis.

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Lia Walsh is a writer at Custom Media, publisher of The ACCJ Journal.