Share of Working Mothers in Japan Tops 70 Pct for 1st Time

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Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)--The proportion of women with children who said they were employed stood at a record high of 70.8 pct in 2017, exceeding 70 pct for the first time, a survey by the labor ministry showed Friday.

The figure was up 3.6 percentage points from a year earlier, the ministry's comprehensive survey of living conditions said.

The result has highlighted the need to support mothers who are working while raising their children.

Explaining the increase of working mothers, the ministry said a growing number of companies have adopted childcare leave and shorter working hour systems.

Of the working mothers, 24.7 pct were regular workers, 37 pct were nonregular workers and 9.1 pct were in other working situations, including company executives and working on the side.

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