Japan's Disposable Workers

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What are the issues of women and work?

 

“First, percentage of women who hold decision-making position is very low in Japan. Secondly, the gender income gap is huge. Most of all, it is very hard for women to keep working after childbirth. Women drop off from labor force to give birth and raise children. The cost of lost opportunity for women is quite high. This creates life-time gender income gap. Men need to balance their family life and work too. Men need to cut down their work hours and share some housework. But first, we need to change our society where men don’t feel missed out if they spend more time at home than at work. Currently only women are told to balance work and family life.”