Winding Paths to Success

Book description

An inspirational compilation of stories from successful Japanese professional women

In Winding Paths to Success: Chart a Career in Uncertain Times, experienced management consultant Nobuko Kobayashi delivers an engaging and insightful discussion of the professional and personal successes of senior Japanese women executives, academics, and entrepreneurs who started their career in the late ‘80s to ‘90s, the dawn of gender equity at work in Japan. You’ll discover how these remarkable people carved out a long and rewarding career in a challenging environment.

The author describes the substantial diversity of Japanese professional life, exploring the rich and varied histories of women who are often stereotyped and relegated to a one-size-fits-all story. Their creative navigation amid uncertainties inspires anyone who wishes to establish a career in the highly volatile world of today. You’ll also find:

  • Personal and forthcoming stories from women executives
  • Recommendations for public and private sector employers to further enhance diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace
  • Individual strategies for crafting successful careers from a minority position

Perfect for those building a career, managers, executives, entrepreneurs, founders, and other business leaders, Winding Paths to Success is a must-have resource for aspiring and practicing business leaders in Japan and other countries.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Praise for Winding Paths to Success
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Prologue
  7. 1 Levity
    1. Yuki Shingu Makes a Brilliant Comeback to IT Career After Nursing Care Leave
    2. Japan—Almost Silent over #MeToo
    3. Why Having Women at the Top Is Not Enough
    4. References
  8. 2 Independence
    1. Makiko Nakamori Approaches Corporate Governance with Resolve
    2. Gender Diversity in Japan Inc. Must Blast Past Tokenism
    3. Women Must Learn to Harness the Power of Networking
    4. References
  9. 3 Purpose
    1. Mami Kataoka Believes in the Power of Art to Change the World
    2. Every Day Is International Men's Day in Japan
    3. Companies Must Face Up to the Downsides of Workplace Diversity
    4. References
  10. 4 Altruism
    1. Ayako Sonoda Inherits Altruism and Entrepreneurism Passed from Her Mother
    2. Let's Get Real About Female Equality in Corporate Japan
    3. Rolling with the Punches Hurts Japanese Women
    4. References
  11. 5 Conviction
    1. Miyuki Suzuki Drives Change as Outsider from Within
    2. Meetings with Women That “Take Too Long” Are a Good Thing
    3. Kawaii Culture Hurts Japanese Women in Business
    4. References
  12. 6 Leadership
    1. Masami Katakura Realizes Her Leadership Potential with Help from a Mentor
    2. Former Princess Mako's Marriage Holds a Mirror to Japan
    3. Japan's Language Gender Divide Hurts Women at Work
    4. References
  13. 7 Growth
    1. Ryoko Nagata Stays Clear of Cigarettes in a Tobacco Company
    2. Japan Must Break the Glass Fence Keeping Mothers at Home
    3. Japanese Companies Must Capitalize on the Gender Gap Disclosure Rule
    4. References
  14. 8 Curiosity
    1. Noriko Osumi Normalizes Women in Science
    2. Japan Needs More STEM Research, Not Tours, to Revive Innovation
    3. Women Can Help Revive Innovation for Japan Inc.
    4. References
  15. 9 Ambition
    1. Yumi Narushima Returns to Benesse After Running a Girls’ School
    2. Japan Must Reform Its Antiquated Marriage Laws
    3. Japan's Miss Contests Reflect Society's High Demands on Women
    4. References
  16. 10 Competence
    1. Masae Yamanaka Builds Career in Sales Traversing Four Companies
    2. C‐Suite: The Last Frontier for Foreigners Eyeing Japan Inc.
    3. Can Japan Have Prosperity Without Growth?
    4. References
  17. 11 Homecoming
    1. Chikako Matsumoto, World Bank Alum, Thrives at Japanese Trust Bank
    2. Japanese Companies Can No Longer Expect Lifetime Loyalty from Workers
    3. Gender Equity Is Coming to Japan's Workplaces
    4. References
  18. 12 Resilience
    1. Yasuko Gotoh Breaks Ground for Women Career Bureaucrats
    2. Japanese Businesswomen Need More Than a Place at the Table
    3. Employers Should Encourage Risk‐Taking to Beat Impostor Syndrome
    4. References
  19. Acknowledgments
  20. Index
  21. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Winding Paths to Success
  • Author(s): Nobuko Kobayashi
  • Release date: December 2023
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781394157990