Despite diversity drive, Japan’s carmakers struggle to hire women engineers

Facing the worst labor shortage in decades, Japan’s carmakers have seen the light: hire more women.

  • Nao Sano and Kae Inoue
  • Bloomberg
  • The Japan Times

The problem is they’re all having the same epiphany at the same time, and so now find themselves fighting over the world’s smallest pool of female engineering graduates.

The story of Yui Mitsuhashi illustrates the bind.

Preo 1aCaptain of a team that builds race cars at prestigious Osaka University, the 24-year-old engineering student would be among the most prized recruits for Toyota Motor Corp. or Nissan Motor Co., if…

But as much as…

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