Japan Is Trying to Revitalize Its Economy. Naomi Koshi Wants to Make Sure Women Aren’t Left Behind

Koshi founded OnBoard, a company that trains and places women in corporate board positions across Japan

5/22/2022 8:03:00 AM

“I’d like to change Japanese society as a whole.” Lawyer Naomi Koshi is on a mission to improve diversity in Japan by bringing more women into the boardroom

Koshi founded OnBoard, a company that trains and places women in corporate board positions across Japan

He’s now the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry.Although Koshi herself did not marry or have children, and did not have to make this choice herself—“I could work the same as a man, so I didn’t feel any discrimination,” she says—she decided to run for mayor of her hometown to try to enact change for others. In 2012, the then 36-year-old was elected Otsu City’s mayor, at a time when barely any in the country were women. In her two terms, she built dozens of nurseries to give Otsu women more childcare options.

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said raising infants and toddlers is a job for mothers. He’s now the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Although Koshi herself did not marry or have children, and did not have to make this choice herself—“I could work the same as a man, so I didn’t feel any discrimination,” she says—she decided to run for mayor of her hometown to try to enact change for others. In 2012, the then 36-year-old was elected Otsu City’s mayor, at a time when barely any in the country were women. In her two terms, she built dozens of nurseries to give Otsu women more childcare options. Koshi has always stood out. She recalls speaking up a lot in class as a child—something that is uncommon in the country. “There’s a popular saying in Japan: ‘The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.’ In Japan, doing things differently than others is a bad thing,” she says. “I just did what I really wanted to do, and I didn’t compare myself to other people.” It wasn’t always easy, and she was bullied in school. Perhaps it prepared her for the difficulties to come. Once, while she was trying to convince her subordinates—mostly men in their late 50s— to adopt her childcare policies, one colleague got so mad that he shouted, punched the desk, and left the room. “At the time, I thought they were mad because I was a young woman and the previous mayors were old men,” she says. “But now I realize that it was because I had a different viewpoint.” Koshi, center, celebrates her election in 2012 as the youngest woman to serve as a mayor in Japan STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images For the more than 340,000 residents of Otsu City, though, that viewpoint was invaluable. Ayako Toshinaga, a lawyer, moved to Otsu City from the neighboring city Kusatsu in 2015 be- cause she couldn’t find a nursery for her baby in Kusatsu. “I love my job, so I wanted to go back to work,” Toshinaga says. A weekly newsletter featuring conversations with the world’s top CEOs, managers, and founders. Join the Leadership Brief OnBoard launched at an inflection point for corporate gender equality. In 2020, feeling that she’d accomplished her goals as mayor, Koshi declined to run for a third term and took a position practicing corporate law at Miura & Partners. A year later, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) updated its corporate governance code to encourage Japan’s companies to improve diversity, and bring Japan more in line with global standards, with the hope that it would make Japanese companies more attractive to foreign investors. (Since March 2022, Goldman Sachs Asset Management has opposed Japanese companies’ proposals to elect directors if at least 10% of their directors aren’t already women.) A reorganization of the TSE in April 2022 required companies listed in its top tier to have at least one-third of its board members be independent directors. Recent years have also seen increasing focus on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing. In a speech in March to mark International Women’s Day, Japan’s minister of gender equality, Seiko Noda, one of Japan’s most prominent female politicians, acknowledged Japan’s gender equality issues and called for the country to make improvements at “an unprecedented speed.” She said the government will “do its utmost” to achieve goals set out in its Fifth Basic Plan for Gender Equality, which calls for raising the proportion of women in leadership positions to about 30% of the total “as early as possible during the 2020s.” But though empowering women is an obvious way to improve the nation’s productivity, “there hasn’t been the level of focus on gender diversity as much as prior administrations,” says Kathy Matsui, one of three women who run MPower Partners, Japan’s first venture-capital fund focused on ESG investing. Matsui is credited with coming up with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Womenomics” policies during her time at Goldman Sachs. While a government goal to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions remains in place, “there has not been much discussion about exactly what needs to change for that target to be reached,” Matsui says. OnBoard is not the first or only company working to improve board diversity in Japan. For example, the