Japan and South Korea were the "worst" places for gender inequality and doing business there as a woman was like dealing with a "concrete ceiling", says the founder and chief executive of Asian fashion business Sungjoo Group.
Sung Joo Kim, the South Korean entrepreneur who also runs luxury European bag brand MCM, said there were very few women in business when she started out in 1990s and men were "extremely uncomfortable" working with women.
Even the fashion retail business in South Korea was male-dominated when she began, Kim added. When she launched her luxury distribution firm, she was shut out of deals and isolated for being a woman.
"They (men) didn't even want to make a deal and I said 'why?'. And it's because they have to go on heavy drinking parties," Kim told Tania Bryer for CNBC Meets.