Women in finance: Kathy Matsui

FinanceAsia profiles Kathy Matsui, the first female partner in Goldman Sachs in Japan and author of a key research report on women in the workforce.

Kathy Matsui is the chief Japan equity strategist and co-head of Asia investment research at Goldman Sachs Japan. What sets Matsui apart, however, is her work helping to boost female participation in the workforce. 

Her research is contributing to Japan’s efforts to shake off decades of economic stagnation.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe name-checked Matsui when he called Womenomics a “vital component” of his package of economic stimulus policies, commonly known as Abenomics. With Japan’s male-dominated workforce shrinking, his goal is for women to hold 30% of leadership positions in all areas of society by 2020.

By closing the gender employment gap, Japan...

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