Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Toshiba vs. American Females

Toshiba Corporation in the U.S. were hit with a $100 million lawsuit on 31 January 2011, alleging that Toshiba American Nuclear Energy Corporation and its parent, Toshiba American Inc., engaged in systemic gender discrimination against female employees. The class action employment lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. According to the Japan Times the company paid the females between $90,000 and $92,000 annually from 2008 to 2010 while males in similar jobs at the company were paid about $120,000 annually. This is not a surprise to those who understood the Japanese business culture. No female has ever become CEO in a Japanese multi-national corporation, such as Toshiba. Before the 21st century, no Japanese corporation including Toyota (see my book) allowed foreigners (including both female and male) to take a charge of facilities located in the USA. As former Prime Minister Lee Kuwan Yew states, “I can give CEO name of many American and British corporations, but I cannot give single CEO name of Japanese corporations (Pacific Century).”  Are the Japanese corporations bias? Are the Japanese racists? You can make your own judgments.

Source: Regarding this case, see WSJ Japan edition http://jp.wsj.com/Business-Companies/node_178302 (access date: 3 March 2011).
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