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The proportion of female employees in hardware and software development departments at Nintendo was one of the many topics raised during the company’s recent Q&A session, which has now been translated. According to Nintendo Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi, the company has created a comfortable environment for the many females in the software development departments:

“There are many female developers in the software development departments. Especially, there are many design works involved in developing software, and very high number of females among our designers. Many of them have children, and we have created an environment to work with comfort even for those who have children. I think that it is a very good workplace where women can participate actively and find satisfaction in their work.”

Shigeru Miyamoto further elaborated on Takahashi’s response, pointing out how the Animal Crossing series has a female director and noting how development companies in Europe and the US were predominantly comprised of males:

“There are also many females actively involved in development. The director of the Animal Crossing series is a woman, and there are many female designers working actively. When I had chances to look at other development companies in Europe and the US, they give the impression that they’re overwhelmingly male-dominated. Compared to companies like that, Nintendo has a lot of female developers energetically working.”

Nintendo Director and Senior Executive Officer Ko Shiota finished up by saying how Japan did not have a high volume of female employees in certain engineering professions:

"This is a common issue in Japan that there is not a high percentage of female workers in engineering professions like hardware development and systems development. And it’s true in our company that compared to software development, the percentage of female workers in hardware development is low. However, Nintendo’s work includes approach to unique technologies, so I believe the proportion of female employees could potentially change in the future.”