Some statistics about gender equality in Japan

I'll explain these statistics in class.  授業この統計を説明します。

Item (2) in the table above is of particular interest.  For both men and women in Japan, the economic slump and changes in government policy have led to a reduction in the percentage of the workforce that is employed permanently in full-time positions.   Item (2) here shows the percentage of  men and women employed permanently beginning in 1985 and ending in 2005.  While there has been a decline for both men and women, the decline has been greater for women.  The gap between men and women has increased from 24.7 percentage points in 1985 to 34.8 in 2005 -- over 10 percentage points!  Many things are improving for women but there are still significant problems.

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