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Vol.7 Woman's Social Advancement.
 We increasingly see more women succeed, especially in the world of sports such as the Olympics and golf. I think this is a result of efforts made by women with potentials in the merit based world of sports. The same can be said for the world of literature and arts.

 However, the same seems to be difficult in the world of business. Even corporate career women at foreign companies which are known for their merit based system often complain to me that their abilities are not adequately evaluated and that their companies do not offer positions in which they can prove themselves.

 In politics and business, one needs to stand out above an intricate web of personal relationships and organizations. There are female politicians and business executives who are highly regarded. However, would I be condemned to say that I feel many of these women became successful by defeminizing?

 With some exceptions such as the former British Prime Minister Margaret Hilda Thatcher – The Iron Woman, it would be truly unfortunate if women needed to divest of their feminine traits in order to climb a corporate ladder. I believe the root cause of such misfortune is the mentality held by men and a system created based on a male-dominated society.

 There must have been many incidents where companies had experienced losses because they could not utilize abilities unique to women which these women intentionally surrendered during the process of breaking through a barrier created by male-dominated corporate society.

 Recent scientific findings have revealed that structure of brains cells greatly differs between men and women. Difference in bodily strength is also striking. Women bear handicaps such as childbirth, child-rearing and housekeeping chores. In short, we need to create a new system which takes into account structural differences between men and women and the handicaps born by women. And in order to create such a system, men need to change their mentality.

 I believe that women with higher education, needs for more income to maintain quality of life, and other developments have made women’s social advancement an inevitable trend. Rather, I believe that companies that cannot utilize female capabilities will not be able to survive much longer.

 An increasing number of young people remain unmarried. One of the reasons for this trend is that, I think, people do not regard marriage as an idealistic life style because they cannot feel masculinity or femininity towards their opposite sex. Masculinity and femininity are increasingly lost because current society needs less of masculinity or femininity in people, as a result of heavily emphasizing intelligence as an important human quality.

 Many of soldiers who fought during the World War II allegedly died while crying out “Mother!” Why did they not scream “Father!”? I must say feminine loving compassion must have had deeply embraced these dying young soldiers’ souls.

 Women would stand on guard if we tried to measure them with man-dominated society’s ruler. We need a different kind of ruler in order to capitalize on female abilities. I strongly hope for creation of a new kind of society in which people can feel equally treated without losing masculine or feminine traits.
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Masaru Sugaya

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