In a conservative country where tradition and modernity constantly collide, the place of women in Japan is quite complex. They have the same rights as men in absolute terms.
They are increasingly establishing themselves on the job market with high university success rates. To the point that several medical universities had rigged exam results for years so as not to penalize men. It was a big scandal revealed in 2018. A practice that says a lot about sexism in this country and about gender equality at all levels.
Women succeed but are accepted into professions adapted for them, with very significant salary disparities for the same job. One problem is that half of working women have “non-regular” jobs with precarious fixed-term contracts and lower salaries. Few women access management positions or enter politics.
As a result of a very tenacious family tradition, many of them still stop working to raise their children and have great difficulty finding a job afterwards.
In a society where geishas, artists trained in the arts and refined entertainment, have left their mark on social history, women are also very sexualized. But the place of women in Japanese society is changing.