Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2009 (Revised March 2011)

Yoshiko Shinohara and Tempstaff

by Anthony Mayo, Masako Egawa and Mayuka Yamazaki


The case presents a biographical portrait of Yoshiko Shinohara who founded Tempstaff in 1973, one of the largest temporary staffing agencies in Japan. In addition to chronicling Shinohara's entrepreneurial activities, the case provides contextual background about the role of women in business in Japan in the last few decades of the 20th century.

Keywords: Business History; Entrepreneurship; Gender; Employment Industry; Japan;


Mayo, Anthony, Masako Egawa, and Mayuka Yamazaki. "Yoshiko Shinohara and Tempstaff." Harvard Business School Case 409-049, January 2009. (Revised March 2011.)