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Court Ruling is Latest Setback for Japan's Working Women

A Supreme Court decision in Japan this week, widely viewed as a setback for women's rights and a victory for conservative family values, upheld a 19th-century law that requires married couples to adopt one surname for legal purposes. The ruling underscores the persistent challenges for working women in Japan, despite government rhetoric and some progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made “womenomics” a centerpiece policy, pushing to overcome a shortage of daycare spots and elevate...

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