The recent appointment of Tokiko Shimizu as executive director of Japan’s Central Bank has made headlines around the world.
A degree in urban engineering, a master’s in international policy studies, and a successful career at Japan’s Central Bank since 1987 have made the 55-year-old banker a good candidate to be one of the six senior executives responsible for running the Central Bank’s daily operations.
There are three unique aspects to Shimizu’s nomination:
- the appointment of a woman to a senior leadership position in Japan;
- the leadership position is in the financial industry;
- the possibility that a woman will bring something special to the post by virtue of her gender.
Let’s look at each of them.
Women and Leadership in Japan
Japan sits low in global ranking positions for gender parity. If a man had been given the job instead of Shimuzu, it wouldn’t have made the headlines.
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