Fifteen years ago, we incorporated our company with one mission: to make the world a better place. With this mission in mind, in addition to our core business of medical consulting to help save lives, the past few years have marked the start of our next phase of contributing to society. We are sponsoring charity events for children and giving speeches to disseminate information unavailable in Japan.
2017 was a pivotal year that triggered a major change in the traditional fundamental status surrounding women in the United States. Women shed light on myriad sexual misconducts they had previously kept undisclosed, and voiced gender equality further louder than ever since women joined the workforce. Due to the unspoken principle that accusations themselves damage the victim’s value, women had tolerated harassment as if the social phenomenon was too classic to speak out anywhere in the world where women work.
The United States always spearheads change in social tenets. Often, Japan follows the United States a half century later. In the early 19th century, the United States adopted girls’ higher education 70 years ahead of Japan. In 1985, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Law was finally established in Japan, the United States had already coined the term “glass ceiling” in discussing the dilemma of female advancement in management.
Our company has given semiannual lectures education people about International reproductive medicine regulations and law in Japan. I feel that Japanese women are finally changing. In recent years, we have consulted for highly educated, successful, single Japanese professional women who seek single parenthood, which had been a big taboo in Japanese society.
It is our job to work on bettering the social ground for women in the next generation to be able to live and be respected for who they are. I sincerely wish for the success of the young women: Girls, fly high!
I wish you a Happy New Year!