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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mazda Women's Pay Up

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor Corp. has decided to give pay raises to about 500 women and promote two or three women to management in an effort to erase the sexual discrimination that is still common in Japanese offices.

"There is still a Japanese way of thinking in the company, and women weren't being utilized fully," Mazda spokeswoman Nobuko Watanabe said Wednesday.

Mazda studied the performance and skills of 1,000 women employees and found that 500 deserved either promotions or a better job grade, which determines their salaries, Watanabe said.

As a result, two or three women will be promoted by this fall to the lowest managerial position, called assistant manager, a title now held by 2,300 men and only four women. Others will get raises.