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Equal employment opportunity in Japan: A view from the West

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  • Linda N. Edwards
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    The Japanese Equal Employment Opportunity Law of 1985, effective in April 1986, prohibits gender discrimination with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, and job assignment. The author describes the law and assesses its probable impact on the economic opportunities of Japanese women. She argues that two aspects of Japan's socioeconomic environment-the lifetime employment system used by large Japanese private firms, and the labor supply pattern of Japanese women-make it unlikely that the law will have a large impact on the economic status of women in Japan. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 41 (1988)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 240-250

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:41:y:1988:i:2:p:240-250

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    Cited by:
    1. Tadashi Yamada & Tetsuji Yamada, 1993. "The Allocation of Time: Young Versus Elderly Households in Japan," NBER Working Papers 4386, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Claudia Goldin, 1988. "Marriage Bars: Discrimination Against Married Women Workers, 1920's to 1950's," NBER Working Papers 2747, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Abe, Yukiko, 2010. "Equal Employment Opportunity Law and the gender wage gap in Japan: A cohort analysis," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 142-155, April.
    4. Ono, Hiroshi, 2004. "Are sons and daughters substitutable?: Allocation of family resources in contemporary Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 143-160, June.
    5. Abe, Yukiko, 2011. "The Equal Employment Opportunity Law and labor force behavior of women in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 39-55, March.
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    7. Alice Lam, 1992. "The Japanese Equal Employment Opportunity Law: Its Effects on Personnel Management Policies and Womens Attitudes," STICERD - International Studies Paper Series 254, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.

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