Haruno Yoshida

ELLE Women in Society in Tokyo
Haruno Yoshida, president of BT Japan Corporation attends the ''ELLE Women in Society'' event on July 13, 2015, Tokyo, Japan. The event promotes the working women's roll in Japanese society with various seminars where top businesswomen, musicians, writers and other international celebrities speak about the working women's roll in the world. By 2020 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration aims to increase the percentage of women in leadership positions to 30% in Japan. (Credit Image: © Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO/ZUMAPRESS.com)Rodrigo Reyes Marin—Zumapress
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    BT Japan

Yoshida climbed the ladder by working abroad at foreign firms that promote women more readily than their counterparts in Japan’s male-dominated business climate. Now back in Japan, she holds a unique position as a prominent female executive who raised a child as a single mother. She’s outspoken about the challenges women face, once comparing their workplace disadvantage to “being chained by the leg.” She has had a bigger megaphone since 2015, when Japan’s powerful business association named her its first female executive.