Jul 24, 2014

UNDP hails Abe's drive for women

Efforts to raise Japan's dismal female presence in the workforce should generate significant economic gains, the head of the U.N. Development Program says.

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

Jul 21, 2014

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children ...

Jul 20, 2014

Number of women in senior government posts inches up

The number of women assigned to bureau director general and higher posts in the government has risen to 15 from eight so far this summer. Among these appointees, Kumiko Bando, deputy minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, was elevated to secretary-general of ...

Chinese reserve bigger parking spaces for women

Jul 20, 2014

Chinese reserve bigger parking spaces for women

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, sign-posted “Respectfully reserved for women,” and around 30 cm wider than normal. The slots at the Dashijiedaduhui — or “World Metropolis” — center have sparked debate in China, which officially ...

Jul 16, 2014

Japan to launch women's confab modeled after Davos forum

Japan will launch an international conference of female leaders in September modeled after the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to push forward its initiative to get more women into the workforce. The government is scheduled to host a women’s symposium in Tokyo ...

Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

Jul 8, 2014

Nigerian mother fasts as hope of rescue for abducted girls fades

As the weeks stretch into months since her 18-year-old daughter Hauwa was kidnapped with 275 other schoolgirls by Islamist militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok, Rahila Musa Bitrus fasts and prays for her safe return. “I haven’t given up, but it’s obvious that ...