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Regarding the Dec. 9 editorial “Gender parity task force“: On the basis of the results of similar initiatives to date, the prognosis for any meaningful results ever arising from the “task force” is dim at best. Why has Japan waited so long to even acknowledge the obvious gender disparity blatant in every aspect of society? And why do embarrassment and the economic well-being of the country have to be the main stimuli for beginning to think about it?

The Tokugawa feudal system ended hundreds of years ago, but the enlightened Meiji Era merely extended the confinement of Japanese women to the equivalent of the Gender Dark Ages.

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