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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Women's voices

This story is part of a package on women in Japan. The introduction is here.



Sexism is pervasive in Japan, but not insurmountable. With this in mind, and to recognize International Women's Day on March 8, Timeout reporters sought the views of 10 prominent Japanese women chosen mainly by readers in an online poll last month



I really think women make good businesswomen

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Kahoko Tsunezawa, 32, is president of Trenders Inc., which runs workshops for aspiring women entrepreneurs.
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Being a girl was an advantage

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Shoko Egawa, 47, is a freelance journalist who focuses on youth issues. She is renowned for her reporting on the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult.
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I employ both candy and the whip when I am fighting my battles

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Kaori Momoi, 53, is an award-winning actress who has worked with Japan's top directors, including Akira Kurosawa. She recently appeared in the Oscar-winning "Memoirs of a Geisha" (titled "Sayuri" in Japan).
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The important thing is to know yourself

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Chihiro Yamanaka, a jazz pianist, was voted Swing Journal magazine's best new artist for 2005.
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Marking the soul

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Nagi Noda, the inventor of Hanpandas, furry half-panda animal characters, is a Tokyo-based artist and short-film director whose commercial clients include Coca-Cola, Sony and Nike.
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My advice is, 'Put those worries aside and just take a step forward'

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Fumiko Hayashi, 59, was a top automobile salesperson before she became CEO of major supermarket chain operator Daiei Inc.
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Sparking curiosity

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Kanako Otsuji, 31, is a member of the Osaka Prefectural Assembly who caused a stir last August by revealing that she is a lesbian.
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Forward through work

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Kaori Sasaki, 46, is president and CEO of e-woman, a marketing/training/human resource development company
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Learn from failures

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Yoko Mizukoshi, 52, is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Japanese edition of The Big Issue magazine.
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Overcoming difficulty

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Kuniko Inoguchi, 53, a political science professor at Sophia University, Tokyo, and a former diplomat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 2005 and appointed minister for population issues and gender equality.
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For other stories in our package on women in Japan, please click the following links:

Girls' job stereotypes persist in face of continuing 'concrete ceiling'

Pointers to progress and inertia

Times of change



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