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For decades, Japanese society has held that the trinity of marriage, childbirth and a house in the suburbs is the fast track to women’s fulfillment. Filmmaker Yukiko Mishima, however, disagrees.

“Most Japanese women are simply conditioned to think that way,” she says. “While marriage, children and the house could all be wonderful things, they’re not for everyone. I think that more Japanese women should have their own individual standards of what happiness is.”

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