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

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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)