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Ms. Gordon almost single-handedly wrote women’s rights into the Constitution of modern Japan at 22, and then kept silent about it for decades.
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Kimie Iwata is a powerful symbol of both the progress and ongoing struggles of Japanese women in the workplace.
One thing is certain: everything Japan has tried so far – introducing maternity leave, increasing child beneft, providing nursery places – has failed to arrest its demographic decline. Fresh thinking will be needed to persuade more Japanese people that in the long-term, man's best friend can be no substitute for man himself.
Japanese firms face a demographic catastrophe. The solution is to treat women better.