Japan firms fall woefully short of meeting government goals on women in management – Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – About one-fifth of Japanese companies have no female managers and most say women account for less than 10% of management, a Reuters monthly poll found, highlighting the struggle for the government’s “womenomics” drive to make headway.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask uses an escalator in a quiet business district on the first working day after the Golden Week holiday, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, May 7,2020.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The survey results come as Japan is seen to delay its target this year to raise the share of women in leadership posts to 30% as part of the government’s campaign to empower women, dubbed “womenomics”, and cope with Japan’s ageing population.

The Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 8, found 71% of Japanese firms said women accounted for less than 10% of management, while 17% had no female managers at all.

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Japan firms fall woefully short of meeting government goals on women in management: Reuters poll

By Tetsushi Kajimoto

TOKYO (Reuters) – About one-fifth of Japanese companies have no female managers and most say women account for less than 10% of management, a Reuters monthly poll found, highlighting the struggle for the government’s “womenomics” drive to make headway.

The survey results come as Japan is seen to delay its target this year to raise the share of women in leadership posts to 30% as part of the government’s campaign to empower women, dubbed “womenomics”, and cope with Japan’s ageing population.

The Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 8, found 71% of Japanese firms said women accounted for less than 10% of management, while 17% had no female managers at all.

Asked how much scope there was to increase female managers, 55% said by around 10%, a quarter said by about 20%, one in 10 firms said by around 30%, while 5% saw no room for that.

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Canadians Support COVID-19 Travel Quarantine Change: Poll

A majority of Canadians support reducing the current 14-day quarantine period for international travelers entering Canada, according to a new poll.

Conducted by EKOS Research and commissioned by Unifor Local 7378 and CUPE Local 4055 — two unions representing approximately 1,500 airline workers — the poll is part of a campaign to encourage the federal government to reduce or eliminate border quarantine requirements prior to the Christmas travel season. The poll is now available on the newly launched website, www.betterborders.ca.

Using a sample size of 1,244 respondents, the national poll asked Canadians if they would support a change to COVID-19 rapid testing at the borders. It found 57 per cent support a reduction or elimination of the 14-day quarantine period with proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. Seven per cent of respondents favour eliminating restrictions entirely.

Support is highest in Alberta with 66 per cent of respondents supporting

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Biden leads Trump by 6 points in Michigan and Nevada, race tied in Iowa: poll

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A CBS News-YouGov tracking poll taken between Oct. 6 and Oct. 9 found Trump trailing Biden by 6 points among registered voters in Michigan and Nevada, 52 percent to 46 percent in both states. In Iowa, both candidates registered support from 49 percent of registered voters.

The polls paint a bleak picture for the president, whose 2016 victory was

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NY Rolls Out Phone App To ID Coronavirus Infections [POLL]

NEW YORK — New York unleashed another weapon in its arsenal to fight the new coronavirus. This one will reside on your smartphone.

At a news conference Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state had launched its new COVID Alert NY app.

He said the free app uses the phone’s built-in Bluetooth technology to alert the phone’s owner that they have been in close contact with another person who is infected with the virus.

Close contact, according to the app, is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes.

Cuomo said the app was really creative and could make a big difference.

Even though the state has about 19 million residents, there are just 15,000 contact tracers, or as Cuomo calls them “disease detectives.”

He said the app could help identify faster those who have been potentially been exposed to the new coronavirus.

“Testing is

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Investors sour on baht, trim long bets on most emerging Asian currencies: Reuters poll

(Reuters) – Investors turned bearish on the Thai baht for the first time in two months, highlighting concerns over the pace of recovery in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy through the COVID-19 pandemic and a domestic political crisis.

FILE PHOTO: A Thailand Baht note is seen in this illustration photo June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

Bullish bets on most other emerging Asian currencies were scaled back with the U.S. dollar near two-month highs in recent weeks amid uncertainty leading up to the U.S. Presidential election, while market participants further increased short positions on the Indonesian rupiah IDR=.

Short positions on the baht THB=TH were at their highest since late-April, a fortnightly poll of 12 respondents showed, as the government tries to revive the tourism-reliant economy by approving long-stay visas for foreign tourists, providing tax incentives and cash handouts.

Last month, the Thai central bank left interest rates unchanged and upgraded

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Global poll of views on environment and science finds sharpest divide in US



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People in the US are more sharply divided along political lines when it comes to science and environmental issues than in other parts of the world, new research shows.

Across the world, people who see themselves on the left side of politics are more likely to be concerned about the environment than those who see themselves as being on the right or in the centre ground.

But in the US, that divide is much sharper, according to an international survey by the Pew Research Center. About four in 10 US citizens who are on the right politically would prioritise protecting the environment, even if it caused slower economic growth and some loss of jobs, compared with 87% of those on the left.

In Europe, Australia, Canada, Brazil and South Korea, the divide was much less marked. Of those on the right in

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New Yorkers want more pathways to tech jobs, according to Tech:NYC poll

Tech:NYC has pitched training programs as a way to help resolve tensions between business interests and residents that have flared up around expansion plans in Industry City, as well as at Amazons collapsed deal for a headquarters in Long Island City. 

 

Its clear that the technology industry can and should do more to help New Yorks recovery and ensure New Yorkers have access to jobs, said Julie Samuels, the groups executive director. But the answer shouldnt be No, tech companies shouldnt grow here. Instead, they should be working with city and state governments to ensure they are integrating into the fabric of New York. 

 

About half of the survey’s respondents said they think learning technology skills is expensive, intimidating and centered around Manhattan.

 

Tech:NYC released a list of recommendations this year

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