Let the women work it out

Workplace equality is a key step in solving Japan’s problems, writes Frances McCall Rosenbluth

The World Today
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Frances McCall Rosenbluth

Damon Wells Professor of Political Science, Yale University with a research interest in Japanese politics and political economy

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, not known for a particularly feminist outlook, has made female employment a national priority for his administration to cope with a looming fiscal crisis that he hopes working women can help solve.

In our anti-Malthusian age, many women in rich democracies – and in Japan, women in droves – have put off childbirth until and unless they can see a way to balance family and career. Declining birthrates have meant falling ratios of tax-paying workers to pensioners, portending the possible collapse of the pension system.

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