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The Japanese Pregnancy Rotation System

For working women in Western societies, sometimes getting ahead means you may have to put off having the baby that you wanted to have for a few years. But in countries like Japan, where population shrinkage has created labor shortages, it is an unwritten rule in jobs which predominantly employ young women that they ought to take turns when conceiving, creating what some have called a de facto “pregnancy rota.” A recent story from Agence …

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Victims of Japan’s Former ‘Eugenics Protection Law’ Speak Out and Demand Compensation

Victims of forced sterilization under Japanese Government’s now defunct eugenics program may soon receive the justice that they have long been waiting for. On January 30, a woman from Miyagi, a prefecture in northern Japan, filed a lawsuit against the Japanese Government, seeking ¥11 million ($101,000 USD) in compensation for having been forcibly sterilized when she was only 15 years old. The woman, who has chosen not to disclose her name publicly, is now in …

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Japanese Government Says Shrinking Population is the “Biggest Challenge” for Economic Growth

For decades, population growth in Japan has been below replacement. Demographers have long warned that the country’s low birth rate and low immigration are unsustainable. In recent years, the population has now begun to shrink and the country’s demographic decline has become a considerable obstacle to economic growth. Many Japanese have now come to realize the seriousness of the situation. Following a decisive election victory for his party over the weekend, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo …

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