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I was an Office Lady like any other. As it was, friends back in the US —most working in finance, an industry I would japanese join — would not have been caught dead carrying a tray of tea and daintily-set cookies for male colleagues. Then I became pregnant with my first child. Good luck wiping butts, he office. The office problem arose — once again — with motherhood.

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Next week, the Osaka District Court will hear a case which five years ago would have been unthinkable. Katsumi Nishimura, a year clerical track worker, the official term for OL will sue her employer of 29 years, Sumitomo Chemical Co, for sexual discrimination. Ms Nishimura is one of nine women working for Sumitomo companies who claim that they have been denied promotion and career opportunities routinely made available to male contemporaries. She is claiming 20 million yen poundsin lost earnings, and 20 million yen compensation.

Last September, she attended the UN Conference on Women in Peking, with her fellow Sumitomo plaintiffs, where flyers were distributed denouncing the sexism of the Japanese corporations. Ms Nishimura is what, to ladies employers, must seem a monstrous contradiction in terms: a militant OL. Sumitomo spokesmen replace the receiver rather quickly when asked about the case but, in the plaintiffs' eyes, it is very simple.

During the same time, not one single woman has been moved from the clerical to the career track. The standard promotion procedure at Sumitomo Chemical is for a clerical worker to be invited by his or her boss to take a written test. By international criteria, Japan is one of the most conservative of all the industrialised democracies.

Three centuries of feudal rule, which came to an end only years the, have left their mark on most of japanese country's institutions.

Infewer than 7 per cent of parliamentary seats were held by women; a mere 3.

Sexism in corporate Japan

But, against the country's ingrained conservatism, Japanese women have several weapons. Until graduation, opportunities - while not equal - are far more even. Japanese workers of both sexes are among the best educated in the world and companies are gradually beginning to grasp that the best man for the job is often a woman. These days, one in 26 managers is a woman; a decade ago it was one in But ironically the advance has been at the expense of younger women.

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Constitutionally incapable of breaking the unwritten guarantee of a job for life, Japanese companies have coped with the end of the boom by freezing recruitment. And the recruits frozen out have overwhelmingly been female - OLs in waiting. Fewer than a quarter of last year's male graduates lack jobs; almost half of women still do. In central Tokyo last year, there was a demonstration by 80 jobless young women in self-imposed OL uniform of waistcoats, knee-length skirts and tights.

They marched to the Labour Ministry complaining that they were flowers of the office whom nobody had picked. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

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However, no one wore makeup on a daily basis during their elementary and junior high school days. This next question is also related to makeup.

I put on some sort of makeup even when going to the convenience store.

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I use eyelash extensions, so I only put on eyebrows and eye makeup. I just wear a hat. There are also those who avoid putting on makeup to protect their skin. In the end, both sides do what they do for beauty.

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When I was in high school, I used to commute to school while wearing my miniskirt uniform. Although in high school, I could walk barefoot on snow. However, it's a wonder why women can walk barefoot on snow in high school but are unable to bear the cold weather once they go beyond My sister is 41 and still not married. University of California Press,pg Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.