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    Konami employee sues for sexual discrimination


    An employee of Konami in Japan is suing the company after she allegedly had her wage lowered and was demoted after returning from maternity leave, according to reports. The suit by 36-year-old Yoko Sekiguchi, who is seeking $343,000 in damages, states that she was moved to a domestic position and had her salary cut by $2,080 a month following her return.

    Sekiguchi's attorneys claim that, in pre-trial meetings, Konami stated her position was changed in consideration of creating a better child-rearing environment. Sekiguchi said, "Being forced to lessen your career to raise a child is sexual discrimination." Sekiguchi's previous position had her traveling all over the world to acquire licensing deals, in particular for the Winning Eleven series. Konami had "no comment." We're not well versed in Japanese laws regarding maternity leave. But, if you are, feel free to chime in down in the comments.


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    Its not just Konami, thats just how it is in Japan. Women dont have equal rights, and if a women get pregnant she comes back as if she had never worked there. We had a big discussion about this back in my sociology class

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    First off I'm not degrading women

    Personally I don't think that there is anything wrong with it. I mean its not the company's fault that she got pregnant. I mean yes it was a major cut in her pay but I really wouldn't complain cause she could of lost her job instead of getting her pay cut. You have to realize that this is a business and this business wants to make money and if one of their employee is out for a few months they lose money. That's just how I see it

    (Sorry if i offend anyone out there)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaruDashi View Post
    Its not just Konami, thats just how it is in Japan. Women dont have equal rights, and if a women get pregnant she comes back as if she had never worked there. We had a big discussion about this back in my sociology class
    Then would the solution be for her to have kept her legs closed to prevent the pay cut and demotion? I can understand that they also did it in the view that you need to take care of your child so that is going to cost you, hence the pay cut. The demotion made it so she works closer to home. The real question is, "Despite the lack of perks in this situation, do you think this was a justified action considering the welfare of a child is quite important?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raging Pineapple Vendor View Post
    Then would the solution be for her to have kept her legs closed to prevent the pay cut and demotion? I can understand that they also did it in the view that you need to take care of your child so that is going to cost you, hence the pay cut. The demotion made it so she works closer to home. The real question is, "Despite the lack of perks in this situation, do you think this was a justified action considering the welfare of a child is quite important?"
    Well no, "keeping her legs closed" er? wouldn't have eradicated the sexism in japan's society, nor in general.

    So it's basically "don't have kids, or you will be punished with lower wages?" seems that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Moonlight View Post
    So it's basically "don't have kids, or you will be punished with lower wages?" seems that way.
    Isn't Japan overpopulated? Maybe this is a good way to stem the influx of children into the country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raging Pineapple Vendor View Post
    Isn't Japan overpopulated? Maybe this is a good way to stem the influx of children into the country?
    Well no, because the thread isn't so much about overpopulation, but rather apparent sexism and lower wages because of it for the woman in question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Moonlight View Post
    Well no, because the thread isn't so much about overpopulation, but rather apparent sexism and lower wages because of it for the woman in question.
    I mentioned overpopulation in reference to the thought that maybe this concept of losing pay and/or getting demoted because of having a child might slow down the current rise in population in Japan. I don't really consider it sexist as much as I consider it a mode of preventing women from having children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raging Pineapple Vendor View Post
    Then would the solution be for her to have kept her legs closed to prevent the pay cut and demotion? I can understand that they also did it in the view that you need to take care of your child so that is going to cost you, hence the pay cut. The demotion made it so she works closer to home. The real question is, "Despite the lack of perks in this situation, do you think this was a justified action considering the welfare of a child is quite important?"
    In Japan, its assumed that if a woman is pregnant, she must be married. If shes married, her husband has a job. If he has a job, her child is supported just fine.

    Now, if she -isnt- married, then the fact that she had a child with no husband is considered dishonorable, and thus they dont want someone like that in a higher position with higher pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raging Pineapple Vendor View Post
    Isn't Japan overpopulated? Maybe this is a good way to stem the influx of children into the country?
    I think that's a popular misconception AKA sterio-type.

    Though the overall idea may not be bad, disregarding a lot of opinions and *cough* human rights acts.
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    Opinions are just a person's views on topics. Personally, I don't think opinion really matters all that much in this situation. See? I stated my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raging Pineapple Vendor View Post
    Opinions are just a person's views on topics. Personally, I don't think opinion really matters all that much in this situation. See? I stated my opinion.
    Acknowledged, although sometimes a person's view may be misinterpreted and seen as reflecting offensive statements and/or arguments.
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    im not sexist, but one thing ive learnt is that its very important for a growing child to have its mother dotting over it most of the time, the fact this woman would rather travel the world for work, ignoring her kid, makes me unsympathic to her plight, shes just being selfish. however the sexism is quite obvious, but thats just japan, im surprised the woman had the power to speak up in the first place :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raging Pineapple Vendor View Post
    Isn't Japan overpopulated? Maybe this is a good way to stem the influx of children into the country?
    Jesus.

    Feh, let's start with the facts, then.

    Japan at the moment is facing a serious problem regarding low birth rates. In 2005 the average birth rate per woman was the lowest ever recorded at 1.26 (that's low even for a developed country's standards; England is at around 1.8 and the U.S. is at 2.12).

    A related issue is the explosive increase of numbers within the elderly population. This is mainly due to contemporary advances in medical science and public health care.

    What does this mean? Immediately, the result is that there are fewer and fewer children and more and more elderly people; the population distribution begins to take the shape of an upside-down pyramid.

    The really serious problem comes when the 60-80 age group (the majority of the Japanese population) begin to die off. The overall population has already begun to decrease in 2005. In as early as the 1980's it was already predicted that Japan would fail as a state by the year 2000.

    A more immediate issue is the mass retirement of the post-war baby-boomer generation. With no young workers to replace the older generation of workers, Japan's combined workforce is said to suffer a loss of one hundred million laborers due to underpopulation by the year 2030.

    So as you can see, this isn't about one woman's interest; it's the tip of an iceberg that's been around for the past few decades. It's a politically and economically important problem and there are countless other similar cases across the country. The traditional model of the man as the bread-winner and the woman as houseworker is no longer valid; and although change is slow, the issue is getting a lot of attention among the mainstream media and national politicans.

    There are various other issues running parallel to the issue at hand, such as the working conditions of temporary workers, the lack of young nurses to care for the elderly, the centralization of the population in major cities (which is where you probably got the notion of Japan being "overpopulated"; the fact is that many villiages in rural areas are vanishing off the map because all the citizens are moving off to large cities like Tokyo) and the violently controversial issue of allowing foreign immigrant workers into the laborforce.

    The fact of the matter is, as I see it, Japanese society will be forced to undergo a violent change sometime in the near future.
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    It's bureaucracy. The people in charge reserve their rights be jerks to whoever they selectively want. The "it's raining crisis, we need to cut down salaries" is another excuse they can throw in besides "absence from work" and whatever.
    I hear the state here want to pass a law that lets workowners fire any of their employees without reason, because of "the crisis". My employers are licking their whiskers for that. I know they want to fire me, since they already promoted my other two co-workers and meanwhile, gave me little to work on. Why me? Is it because I'm foreign, or too young, or too absent, or I don't work well enough?
    No, they simply don't like me. I always argue with them, I never change my behaviour, I stop to eat a snack in their face, when they're passing through, and I make loud, sarcastic jokes on them, during meetings.
    So if I/You/They don't like it, change job! (This is so challenging, today).


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