Japan Has a Cute Problem
Sophie Knight

The comments here are true but…

from my limited personal experience, there is some truth to what the author is saying. First, let me say that there is no denying that there is a lot of misinformation in this post and I think the criticism from the comments above me are well deserved.

However, I have seen time and time again in my professional as well as personal experience, women who are fighting tirelessly against a corporate system that limits their career. This is particularly true for working mothers. A few of my supervisors at a large Japanese production agency tried returning to work after giving birth, only to find that they have been systematically marginalized to a point where they can no longer contribute in meaningful ways. This included unreasonable pay-cuts and reduced roles but most importantly, a loss of respect. Any attempt to take initiative and demonstrate ability to provide greater value is listened to, but never taken seriously.

I would compare it to an adult humoring a child.

I can’t and don’t care to defend the author but I think there are real issues here that may not always be accurately reflected in surveys and research reports. Feel free to take what I have said with a grain of salt (as I have no data), but I did want to share my experiences and add to this conversation.