What jobs can women get in Japan?

When Miu was five months old, Emi Kadoi started working again. Just like after the birth of their first child. This time she would have liked to stay at home longer, but her employer, a publishing house, does not allow that.

After her return, nobody in the office cares that Emi Kadoi is now the mother of two small children. She definitely doesn't want to lose her dream job as an editor, so she tries to make both possible: family and work.

At around 6 p.m., she takes her children out of the crib, looks after them and returns to the office as soon as her husband has come home. Sometime after midnight she goes home in a taxi, at which time the subways in Tokyo no longer run. Her alarm clock rings again at six in the morning. Even on weekends.

"My boss said I was greedy because I wanted a job and a family," said the 47-year-old in a restaurant in the Ebisu district of Tokyo at the beginning of October. "And now that I have both, I just have to work harder for it." But after six years she collapses on the street. Twice in a row. And sees one: It can't go on like this. She quits.

Her daughter Miu is now 14 years old and Emi Kadoi has no job. She can no longer find a permanent job, and to this day she has only been offered part-time jobs or temporary contracts. Your way out: start your own business as an expert in internal communication. However, she does not yet know exactly what that should look like.

Co-working space on the ground floor, shared room above

Norie Mizutani had quickly answered this question when she wanted a second child: She started her own real estate company instead of listening to superiors whining about her upcoming parental leave again.

She does most of the work from home; She initially takes her daughter and son with her to the viewing appointments. She wins her first customers insanely because she appears in a television report about women who have failed to become self-employed.


Japan has 127 million inhabitants, around 36 million alone live in the metropolitan area around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Saitama. The country is the third largest economy in the world after the USA and China, and the gross domestic product per capita is also one of the highest in the world (38,491 US dollars).

Today she is sitting in the trendy Kagurazaka district of Tokyo in a two-story house that she bought with her profits. She has set up a co-working space on the ground floor and eight shared rooms for women on the two upper floors, her main area of ​​business. She has now set up 18 such shared apartments, although living with strangers is still uncommon in Japan.

With her business idea she would like to give young and single women the chance to make a career. "Many live in shared dormitories because they cannot afford an apartment in Tokyo," says the 45-year-old. "In a shared apartment they have their own room, can live in the middle of the city and thus get better jobs. And they save money to later finance a condominium or to become self-employed."