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Can Japan Kickstart Paternity Leave Among Workaholic Fathers?
February 11, 2020

Can Japan Kickstart Paternity Leave Among Workaholic Fathers?

By Thisanka Siripala
Public support is growing to make parental leave compulsory for fathers. But will that encourage a more equal sharing of the childcare burden?

Japanese Women Campaign Against Mandatory High Heels
June 24, 2019

Japanese Women Campaign Against Mandatory High Heels

By Thisanka Siripala
A controversy surrounding women being forced to wear high heels at work has exploded into a new #KuToo protest movement.
Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High
April 15, 2019

Japan’s Domestic Violence Cases Reach All-Time High

By Thisanka Siripala
After years of community pressure to raise awareness, abuse victims are speaking out in record numbers.

Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index
December 31, 2018

Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan made small improvements in the World Economic Forum’s gender equality ranking but remains alarmingly behind.

Japan Helps Explore the Gender Dynamics of Violent Extremism
March 07, 2018

Japan Helps Explore the Gender Dynamics of Violent Extremism

By Daniel Hurst
A Tokyo-backed project shines a light on online behavior in four Asia-Pacific countries.

‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector
May 09, 2017

‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector

By Mayuko Yatsu
Women are making in-roads in the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces, but more needs to be done.

What’s Ailing Womenomics?
January 26, 2017

What’s Ailing Womenomics?

By V. Ayano Ogawa
Despite government efforts, cultural pressures continue to dissuade many women in Japan from joining the workforce.
Women Will Save Japan
December 01, 2016

Women Will Save Japan

By Ankit Panda
Improving women's political and economic participation will be central to preserving Japan's status as a global heavyweight.

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