Sawako Obara

For Sawako Obara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Women starting to climb corporate ladders, but ascent is slow

Feb 10, 2016

Women starting to climb corporate ladders, but ascent is slow

Women aged around 50 who started working soon after the equal employment opportunity law came into force in Japan in 1986 are now assuming executive positions in major companies. But these women are just a small cadre of female professionals who have broken through ...

Feb 26, 2015

Elder care givers take on surge in demand

Elder-to-elder nursing care is expanding in Japan due to the aging of care workers. The ratio of elderly workers is rapidly rising in the nursing care sector because young people are unwilling to take on the tough, low-paying work. While care services, including bathing ...

Renewing wedding vows a growing trend in Japan

Dec 24, 2014

Renewing wedding vows a growing trend in Japan

Renewing wedding vows, a practice common in Europe and the United States for decades, has been slowly taking root in Japan over the past two to three years. Amid prolonged economic stagnation and in the aftermath of the March 2011 triple disaster, many Japanese ...

Martial arts tricks ease pain for new moms

Aug 28, 2014

Martial arts tricks ease pain for new moms

Wrist tendinitis and back pain are among the physical ailments that often affect new mothers, usually from the lifting and carrying required in caring for babies. To provide relief, a physical therapist in Japan has drawn up a parenting regimen that combines techniques from ...

Baby boomers becoming gray gang

/ May 27, 2014

Baby boomers becoming gray gang

As the last of Japan’s baby boomers turn 65 this year and retire, many are taking low-paid or voluntary work to get them out of the house — a trend that could have broad-reaching effects. The transition came later than expected as many workers ...