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Young Fukushima women vow to reenergize hometowns

Three years have elapsed since the 3/11 triple disasters, but as many as 260,000 people from Tohoku are still displaced. More than half of them are Fukushima residents, who have few options but to stay away from their hometowns from fear of “invisible” radiation. Yet, many Fukushima natives – men and women, old and young alike – are determined to….Read more

  • March 19, 2014
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SOCIETY > Women

Assessing PM Abe’s “female empowerment” initiative

Prime Minister Abe appears keen to use every possible opportunity to call attention to his “female empowerment” initiative. Only hours after Obokata’s groundbreaking announcement on the development of STAP cells, the premier touted his policy of elevating the role of women in the workforce by telling the Diet: “With her unique ideas, Ms. Obokata has taken the world by storm….The….Read more

  • February 5, 2014
  • , Asahi
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SOCIETY > Women

Young Japanese women drawn to forests

It is hard to conjure up an image of young women putting chainsaw to thick cedars and hauling the timber from the forest for transport to the mill. Isn’t forestry the preserve of thickset men, the blows of their axes echoing in the depths of mountains? This stereotype was recently debunked by a report on TBS (11/4). The broadcaster reported on….Read more

  • December 4, 2013
  • , TBS
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SOCIETY > Women

More women in blue walking beats in Japan

Law enforcement is a profession traditionally dominated by men. As of April 2012, there were approximately 17,000 female police officers in Japan, about 6.8% of the nation’s entire police force. This is far less than the 11.8% in the U.S. and 15.3% in Germany. However, just like in the field of civil engineering, as reported in the previous edition of….Read more

  • November 6, 2013
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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SOCIETY > Women

Two “powerful” women advocate different ways to climb career ladder

Two women commanded intense local media coverage recently – Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who visited Tokyo in early July for the promotion of the Japanese translation of her controversial book “Lean in,” and Vice Minister for Health, Labor, and Welfare Atsuko Muraki, who on July 2 was given the top post of the mammoth entity staffed by more than 32,000….Read more

  • July 17, 2013
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SOCIETY > Women

Is Abe’s three-year childcare leave policy realistic?

At an April 19 news conference, Prime Minister Abe announced that he had urged the nation’s three major business organizations to allow employees to focus on child-rearing rather than work until their children reach age 3, instead of 18 months as under the existing law, as a measure to support working mothers. The premier believes that allowing women to fulfill….Read more

  • June 5, 2013
  • , Mainichi
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SCIENCE > Health

Angelina Jolie’s medical choice conveys strong message about breast cancer

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie disclosed last week in an op-ed piece in the New York Times that she underwent a double mastectomy after learning she had inherited a gene that places her at high risk of breast cancer. The news immediately made headlines in Japan, and the local media is still filing related reports this week, drawing great public attention….Read more

  • May 22, 2013
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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SOCIETY > Women

“Light vehicles” designed by women, for women

Keijidosha, so-called light vehicles, are small automobiles with an engine capacity of no more than 660 cubic centimeters. You might have recently heard the term “light vehicle” in the context of the U.S. argument that preferential treatment for light vehicles, including lower tax rates, constitutes a “non-tariff barrier” in the Japanese market. However, light vehicles have a special importance for….Read more

  • May 8, 2013
  • , Fuji TV
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SOCIETY > Women

“World” and “women” keys to boosting viewership of televised sports

Tokyo Shimbun (3/17) reported that the Sasakawa Sports Foundation released this month a report on its biannual survey conducted in 2012 asking what kind of sports people watched on television in the past year. According to the report, the survey found that soccer matches played by Japanese national teams and figure skating competitions are becoming increasingly popular among the Japanese,….Read more

  • April 13, 2013
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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SOCIETY > Women

“Nadeshiko Brand” enterprises support women’s success in workplace

What kind of indicators do you use when selecting companies to invest in? You probably look at factors such as return on equity. But have you ever considered basing your investments on companies’ career support for women? The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) have designated 17 listed enterprises as “Nadeshiko Brand” companies….Read more

  • March 27, 2013
  • , NHK, NTV
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