Editorials May 31, 2014

Child care to get push after class

The education ministry has announced a plan to double the number of after-school child-care centers over five years so that more women can enter the workforce.

Editorials May 18, 2014

Boosting the female workforce

The Abe administration is pushing for a review of household tax and social security benefits under the belief that current rules discourage many women from participating in the labor force — even as the nation faces a steep decline in its working-age population.

Editorials May 17, 2014

Mother's Day belies realities

Japan considers itself one of the most advanced countries in Asia, yet socio-economic conditions for mothers still rank far below levels in Europe and even Singapore and South Korea.