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On Promoting Diversity

Head of Diversity Promotion Department, Corporate Management Division Hitomi Kajitani

JVCKENWOOD’s Diversity Promotion Office is currently conducting its activities by focusing on empowering women. From a medium- to long-term perspective, however, we aim to build an organization that allows all employees to play active roles in various environments regardless of their gender. Through a variety of activities such as group-wide events and workshops, we will strive to create an environment and systems enabling all employees to deepen their understanding of diversity and put it into practice.
We will also strive to help employees achieve a better work–life balance and to expand our systems and support activities to enable them to juggle their jobs and housework (e.g., support for juggling jobs and child and nursing care).
Finally, our diversity promotion activities go beyond women’s active participation and include the recruitment of more foreign employees and the empowerment of people with disabilities.

Hitomi Kajitani
Head of Diversity Promotion Office

Profile

  • 1981:Joined JVCKENWOOD, IT Division.
  • June 2013:Head of IT Division.
    Oversees IT strategy and the global IT environment. Often visits overseas sales and production sites in USA, Malaysia, Thailand, etc. on Business.
  • October 2015:Concurrently served in Diversity Promotion Department.
  • April 2016:Concurrently serves as the Head of Diversity Promotion Department.

[Message]
I took two maternity leaves, once when I was 28 and again when I was 35 years old. When I had my first child, the only option available was to return to work full-time 2 months after giving birth. At the time, there were no childcare facilities for newborns so my child and I temporarily lived at my parents' home in Chiba Prefecture, where my commute to work took 2.5 hours each way. By comparison, when I had my second child, I was able to extend my maternity leave until my child was old enough to go to nursery. In addition, I was able to work part-time hours for a year after I started back at work. I really feel that having a good system in place is very important in enabling women to work through various life events.
I am now done with raising my children, but have started caring for my mother on the weekends. In addition to the childcare issue, caring for the elderly is also becoming a major social concern. I think it would be great if, by making it possible to work in more flexible ways, the workplace becomes the type of environment where all kinds of people can thrive.

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