Promoting Women’s Empowerment

Last updated on March 8, 2019

Appointment of female leaders

Regardless of gender, we promote the assignment and use of human resources based on individual ability, performance, aptitude and motivation. At Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores, women accounted for 32.2% of total leadership positions in September 2018. And three female Executive Officers serve as the Executive Store Managers of its flagship stores (21.4% of a total of 14 Executive Officers). We will actively appoint women to leadership positions and other important positions to further empower motivated women.

Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores female employees in leadership positions
(as of September 1, 2018)

Number of females Total Percentage of females
General Manager 9 109 8.3%
Other leadership positions 222 609 36.5%
Total 231 718 32.2%

*The figures above include workers temporarily transferred to Daimaru Matsuzakaya Sales Associates.
*The number of “other leadership positions” is the total of Managers, Submanagers, Buyers (including Supervisors and Section Leaders from Daimaru Matsuzakaya Sales Associates).

Percentage of new female leaders

*The ratio of female employees of Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores (including workers temporarily transferred to other companies) is 50.5%. (1,948 are women out of a total of 3,857 employees.) (As of the last day of February 2018)

Action plan on women's empowerment promotion

Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores has formulated an action plan so that all employees can work and raise their children at the same time and exercise their full potential.

・Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. Ltd. general business owner action plan based on the Women's Participation Promotion Act

Number of new employees of J. Front Retailing (FY2018)

Male Female Total
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores 27 18 45
Parco 7 12 19
Hakata Daimaru 3 4 7
Daimaru Kogyo 4 4 8
J. Front Design & Construction 2 8 10
JFR Information Center 1 4 5
Total 44 50 94

*Percentage of female employees of total new employees: 53.2%

Mother Recruitment

Recently, while more and more women are entering into the workforce, they leave their jobs for childbirth at a high rate, which has become a social issue. We launched the “Mother Recruitment” program in fiscal year 2017 to hire experts who left their jobs for child care. Six people were hired by June 2018 and they are working for legal, finance, real estate and other divisions using their expertise and skills.

JFR Women’s School

We opened the “JFR Women’s School” in fiscal year 2018 for short-time workers of the Group who keep working while raising children. They aim to continuously enhance their career by acquiring time management and leadership skills, financial knowledge and others to perform at their best within a limited time.

Creation of a pleasant working environment for women

From the perspective of ease of working, various systems are in place as listed below and we will improve such systems and take measures to help women perform better and increase productivity.

Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores child care-related systems exceeding statutory limits
・Child care leave: Up to the last day of the month in which the child enters an elementary school (at the longest until the child reaches two years of age under law)
・Shortend working hours for child care: Up to the last day of the month in which the child enters an elementary school (for children under three years old under law). The “optional working hours system” allows shorter working hours until the child enters a junior high school.
・Sick/injured child care leave: Paid (unpaid under law)
・Child care support leave: Four days of paid leave for raising children under three years old (No such leave is granted by law.)
・Maternity leave for spouse: One day of paid leave (No such leave is granted by law.)

Average length of service of employees of Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores
(as of end of February 2018)

Male 23.4 years
Female 23.2 years
Total 23.3 years

*Percentage of length of service of female employees in comparison to male employees: 99.1%

Dimples’ support for women’s empowerment

The Group’s staffing business Dimples’ Co., Ltd. thinks it is essential to promote women’s empowerment in order to develop the company. Therefore, it promotes the use of human resources based on individual ability, performance, aptitude and motivation and the percentage of women in section head and other leadership positions in the head office, branch offices and outsourcing departments reaches approximately 60%. As a company which actively strives to create a pleasant working environment for women, it received the certificates of “Leading Companies with Actively Participating Women” in Osaka City, “Aichi Josei Kagayaki Company (Aichi’s Company with Active Participation of Women)” in Aichi and “Ishikawa Company Declaring the Promotion of Gender Equality” in Ishikawa.