Matsui warned that the country is at the brink of a demographic crisis. “If your sole key resource as a nation is your human capital, you don’t have a lot of options but to leverage every single human being,” she stated.
Matsui criticised Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the slow pace of women’s representation increasing in leadership roles across sectors.
Women working to their full potential could boost Japan’s economy by 15 percent, according to Matsui. This would mean increasing women workers in the country to match men. But it would also mean letting women work longer hours as they are mostly in part-time roles as of now
She said changing the legal structure was not enough and called on the private sector to help out. “The government can only do so much and a lot of the heavier lifting needs to occur in the private sphere, not only within or inside or corporations but also within homes,” she noted.