The share of female employees in the hardware and software development department at Nintendo was one of many issues raised during the company's recent Q & A session, which has now been translated. According to Nintendo Director and Senior Managing Officer Shinya Takahashi, the company has created a comfortable environment for the many women in the software development departments:
"There are many female developers in the software development departments, where there are a lot of design work involved in the development of software and a very large number of women in our designers, many of whom have children and we have created an environment to work with comfort, even for those who have children, I think it's a very good workplace where women can actively participate and find fulfillment in their work. "
Shigeru Miyamoto went into Takahashi's answer and pointed out how it was Animal Crossing series has a female director and notes how development companies in Europe and the US were predominantly men:
"Many women are also actively involved in the development, the Animal Crossing series director is a woman, and many female designers are active, and when I have opportunities to look at other development companies in Europe and the US, they are overwhelmingly dominated by men, and compared to such companies, Nintendo has many female developers who work energetically. "
Nintendo director and senior executive officer Ko Shiota ended by saying how Japan did not have a high number of female employees in certain technical professions:
"This is a common problem in Japan that there is not a high percentage of female employees in technical professions such as hardware development and system development, and it is true in our company that, compared to software development, the percentage of female employees in hardware development is low, but Nintendo & # 39; s work encompasses the approach to unique technologies, so I think that the share of female workers may change in the future. "