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Japan’s Archaic Civil Code and the Plight of the UnregisteredNinomiya Shūhei

Japan’s koseki family registry system and anachronistic laws governing familial relations have produced the problem of mukosekisha—unregistered citizens unable to take part in society and exercise their basic rights. The author makes the case for fundamental reform, arguing that Japan’s system is out of step with global norms and its own Constitution.

Japan Sees Paternity Leave Rate Among Civil Servants Rise (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)—An increasing number of male national civil servants in Japan are taking child care leave as government agencies have been promoting a change in consciousness among supervisory staff members. The proportion of those who took child care leave stood at 8.2% of all eligible male workers at government agencies in fiscal 2016, which ended in March last year, up 2.7 percent…

Kunō Sachiko: Fostering Talent to Change the Future

Earning her fortune with a startup drug company, Kunō was recently named among the top 50 foreign businesswomen to have succeeded in the United States by the prestigious US business magazine Forbes. Currently based in Washington DC, Kunō is now pouring her boundless energy into supporting the work of young artists and social entrepreneurs.

Trying Out Teleworking at Nippon.comMasuda Miki

As working from home gradually becomes an option for company workers in Japan, Nippon.com has instituted its own system allowing employees with young children to telecommute. How are the workers making use of this new flexibility?

School Backpacks on a Peace-Building Mission: Recycled “Randoseru” Support Afghan Literacy

Even after six years of hard wear, Japanese elementary school backpacks have a lot left to give, and they are giving it to the children of Afghanistan. Since 2004, the Japanese have donated more than 180,000 used randoseru to needy schoolchildren overseas under a program administered by the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning in partnership with chemicals manufacturer Kuraray.

Women Are 5.1% of Japan Big-Firm Execs: Jiji Survey (News)

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—The share of women among major Japanese companies' executives has risen to 5.1%, though the level is still very low by international standards, a Jiji Press survey revealed on July 26. Of the total 7,659 board members and other executives at 500 surveyed companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's first section, 392 were women. Their share increased 0.5 percentage point fr…

Japan to Make It Easier to Put Maiden Names on Passports (News)

Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government decided Tuesday to consider introducing a notification system as early as fiscal 2019 to make it easier for nationals to put both their maiden and married names on their passports. The government will study cases in other countries to prepare the new system, according to policy papers adopted at a meeting of the Headquarters for Creating a Soci…

How Technology Can Revolutionize Women’s Work-Life Balance

BT Japan President Yoshida Haruno recently became the first female director at Keidanren, a prominent business lobby. We talked to her about how the accelerating technical revolution is helping expand opportunities for working women.

2020 Olympic Golf Course to End Sex Discrimination (News)

Tokyo, March 20 (Jiji Press)—Executive board members of the operator of a golf course to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics decided at an extraordinary meeting Monday to admit women as official members. The decision to change the member admission rules was decided after the course operator, Kasumigaseki Country Club, held meetings with existing members on the matter three times. In the first…

Tokyo Olympic Golf Course Urged to End Discrimination against Women (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 2 (Jiji Press)—On Thursday, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee urged the operator of a golf course set to host events in the 2020 Games to revise its discriminatory membership policy against women. The committee sent Kimura Kiichi, president of Kasumigaseki Country Club in the city of Kawagoe near the capital, a letter calling on the golf club to change its rules …

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