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TABLE-Japan firms lag in 'womenomics', struggle to cope with pandemic

    TOKYO, Oct 14 (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. 
    Below are questions and answers in the poll conducted for Reuters by Nikkei Research from Sept. 29 through Oct. 8. Answers are
denoted in percentage. The poll and reply totals are in absolute terms.
    
1. What's the proportion of women in management at your company? (Pick one)     
                        0%        1-10%       10-20%      20-30%      30-40%      40-50%     Over 50%     Polled     Replied
 All                       17%         71%         11%          1%          0%          0%          0%         485         246
 Manufacturers             20%         72%          8%          0%          0%          0%          0%         248         133
 Non-manufacturers         13%         70%         14%          2%          1%          0%          0%         237         113
 2. How much scope is there for increasing the proportion of female managers at your company? (Pick one)     
                        0%       Around 10%    Around 20%    Around 30%    Around 40%    Over 50%     Polled     Replied
 All                        5%           55%           26%           11%            1%          2%         485         235
 Manufacturers              5%           59%           22%           12%            0%          2%         248         129
 Non-manufacturers          5%           51%           31%            9%            2%          2%         237         106
 3-1. Has the coronavirus outbreak impacted employment and wages at your company?    
                        Yes          No        Polled     Replied
 All                        47%         53%         485         245
 Manufacturers              48%         52%         248         132
 Non-manufacturers          45%         55%         237         113
 3-2. If you answer yes to question 3-1, what kind of impact has the coronavirus crisis caused? (Pick as many as you want)   
                    Payroll hike  Payroll cut   Curb new hiring  Wage hike    Wage cut     Others      Polled     Replied
 All                          6%           29%              36%          3%         30%         33%         485         113
 Manufacturers                3%           39%              39%          3%         37%         27%         248          62
 Non-manufacturers           10%           18%              33%          2%         22%         39%         237          51
 4-1. How many non-regular workers who were furloughed due to economic fallout from COVID-19 have returned to work? (Pick one)
                        0%        1-30%       30-50%      50-70%      70-100%        100%       No one      Polled     Replied
                                                                                              furloughed              
 All                        6%          7%          1%          3%           10%         10%         63%         485         232
 Manufacturers              6%          8%          2%          2%            8%          9%         64%         248         123
 Non-manufacturers          6%          6%          0%          3%           13%         11%         61%         237         109
 4-2. How much employment do you expect to return by the year end compared to pre-pandemic levels? (Pick one)
                        0%        1-30%       30-50%      50-70%      70-100%        100%      Over 100%     Polled      Replied
 All                        4%          8%          2%          2%           19%         60%            7%         485         225
 Manufacturers              3%          9%          3%          2%           19%         60%            3%         248         120
 Non-manufacturers          4%          6%          0%          3%           18%         59%           10%         237         105
 5. How are you responding to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's call for raising minimum wages? (Pick one)
                    Already raised  Plan to raise in future  No plan to raise  To lower      Others     Polled      Replied
 All                           32%                      29%               29%          0%         10%         485         232
 Manufacturers                 32%                      27%               31%          0%         10%         248         124
 Non-manufacturers             32%                      31%               26%          0%         10%         237         108
 6. How do you think your initial capital spending plan will end up for the current fiscal year? (Pick one)
                    Greatly overshoot  Somewhat overshoot  In line with   Somewhat undershoot  Greatly undershoot  Polled  Replied
                      initial plan        initial plan     initial plan      initial plan         initial plan             
 All                               1%                  5%            42%                  40%                 12%     485      244
 Manufacturers                     2%                  3%            37%                  44%                 14%     248      132
 Non-manufacturers                 1%                  8%            47%                  35%                  9%     237      112
 7. How are you going to deal with investment in digital transformation? (Pick one)
                    To increase   To decrease    No plan      Others     Polled      Replied
 All                         65%            2%         29%          3%         485         240
 Manufacturers               63%            3%         30%          5%         248         128
 Non-manufacturers           69%            1%         29%          2%         237         112
 
 (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
  
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