Even a modest goal of labeling discrimination "unacceptable” has proved too much for conservative lawmakers, who have blocked consideration of a bill by the Diet.
For Motoko Rich's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Joining Deep Dive is the New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich, here to discuss why the government seems so intent on holding the Games this summer, and the risks associated with them going ahead as planned.
Change may come slowly in Japanese society, but social media has offered an outlet for a younger generation stifled by a rigid hierarchy.
In Japan, 6,976 women took their lives last year, nearly 15% more than in 2019. It was the first year-over-year increase in more than a decade.
New York Times bureau chief Motoko Rich breaks down Tokyo Olympic President Yoshiro Mori's sexist comments and what his resignation says about the status of women in Japanese society.
Japanese-born Korean writer Yu Miri won a National Book Award for her novel about the ghost of a construction worker.
Yuko Takeuchi is the latest in a succession of suicides that has shown the burdens of a society where many feel that they must conceal their personal struggles.
More than 110 years after its creation in Germany, the future of Toshimaen's El Dorado merry-go-round now seems uncertain.