1st Part Communication or Harassment?
1. Are you interested in politics? What do you think of Japanese politicians?
2. How do you feel about this incident at Tokyo assembly meeting?
3. What makes a good discussion? Do you have any guidelines or rules?
4. What would you do if you witness sexual or any harassment in your company or organization?
There are two cases.
Case 1) The offender is a colleague.
Case 2) The offender is a president or high ranking officer (Remember they do have the power to fire you)
Outrage follows sexist outburst at Tokyo assembly meeting
Outrage is growing in Japan after lawmakers hurled sexist comments at an assemblywoman giving a speech this week about the need for more services for women.
Male colleagues heckled Your Party member Ayaka Shiomura on Wednesday during a Tokyo assembly meeting. They interrupted her with comments urging her to get married and questioning whether she could bear children. Shiomura had taken the stage to urge the Tokyo Metropolitan government to increase efforts to support women. Citing recent regulations that require mothers to fold up their strollers when boarding a train, she outlined struggles Japanese women face when dealing with pregnancy an
d raising a child due to lack of public support. She also addressed the issue of infertility.
However, she was interrupted by a male member of the ruling LDP who shouted, “You should get married!” Shiomura smiled weakly and continued amid male laughter.
A second outburst, “Can’t you even bear a child?” followed as tears welled up in her eyes and her voice began to break. When she sat down after her speech, she was seen drying her eyes with a handkerchief. Later, she posted on Facebook that the outbursts were like “a punch in the gut” and called on the hecklers to come forward.
Backlash ensued, with television pundits debating the incident and women lawmakers demanding the names of those responsible be released. Sexism in common in the nation’s workplace, and there have been concerns that Japan’s fertility rate will continue to drop as more women choose careers instead of marriage and children.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has attempted to fill a gender gap in the workplace through “Womenomics,” but men still hold the majority of positions of authority and command greater salaries.
Men in Japan earn 30% more than their female counterparts, according to statistics cited by Abe during an editorial last year announcing the launch of “Womenomics.” Statistics from the National Personnel Authority show just 3% of women are managers in Japan’s central government, a number the Prime Minister has said is too low.
The goal is to increase that number to 30% by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Abe has said.
1. 他人の発言をさえぎらない 2. 話すときは、だらだらとしゃべらない
2nd Part Sheryl Sandburg– Why we have too few women leaders?
(I recommend using subtitles and transcripts.)
1. What are the differences between male and female workers?
2. Sheryl says that women systematically underestimate their own abilities. Why does this happen?
3. Does your workplace have any support systems for working mothers?
4. What do you think is important for women to continue their business career? (Sheryl proposes three “Sit on the table, make your partner a real partner, and don’t leave before you leave.”)
5. For Women—–Do you want to be a housewife or a working mother (in future) ? Do you want to be an executive or president in future?
For Men——Would you prefer your wife(in future) to be a housewife or working mother? What do you think of women executives or business leaders? Are women leaders better than men?