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28 Apr, 2013

Pressure grows for the nation’s housewives – The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s April 19 National Press Club speech about boosting women’s participation in the workforce has been covered extensively in the domestic and foreign media since it signals a sea change in the Liberal Democratic Party’s view of women’s role in society. He said the government will work to increase the number of day-care facilities and encourage longer childcare leave for women who work. Though the impetus behind this attitude shift is concern over the fate of “Abenomics” (“Utilization of women should be the core of our strategy for economic growth”) and whether or not women will vote for the LDP in this summer’s Upper House election, the press seemed satisfied that Abe was being sincere.

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