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Off-Ramps and On-Ramps Japan: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success

Cover Art In 2005, our groundbreaking study “Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success,” found that 37% of highly-qualified women in the U.S. take an off-ramp—voluntarily quitting their jobs for a period of time. To explore the global dimension of off-ramps and on-ramps, we conducted a “deep dive” into the Japan context. How many professional Japanese women leave their careers, and for how long? What are the main reasons for off-ramping? Are women “pulled” by their family responsibilities or “pushed” by male-dominated workplace cultures? In this report we investigate the challenges and opportunities faced by Japanese women, delve into the forces that impede women’s career progress, and lay out what can be done to help this highly qualified but under-leveraged talent pool thrive in a nation that faces severe skill shortages going forward. (11/1/2011, Report - 59 pages, also available in Japanese)




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