Saturday, June 12, 2021
IVF treatment has come out of the shadows a bit since 2001. Like his predecessor Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has identified Japan’s baby drought as a major point of government concern. Last month Suga said national health insurance would be expanded to cover fertility treatment for couples struggling to have children (at present, it is not). These treatments can cost ¥300,000 to ¥500,000 a cycle. Many women plough through their life savings in multiple, often fruitless attempts to get pregnant. 
Legal framework, welfare networks failing to meet needs  Ray Tanaka’s high-pitched giggle is infectious, an endearing mixture of unbridled fun and the timid titter of those who are somehow short on confidence.  Yet there are visible hints that the perky 51-year-old has endured many less humorous times. Scars...
Pay dispute shines spotlight on supply chains and justice ​ A factory responsible for producing products for retail chain Uniqlo has closed, leaving 4,000 workers out on the streets without work or any severance pay.  Indonesian national Wani Rena Napishul was...
Three long-term nursing care helpers have taken the state to court, citing  workplace violations of the Labor Standards Act and  wage theft. The workers, who are women in their 60s from Tokyo and Fukushima, filed the lawsuit with the Tokyo...
Mari Miura knows all about the gender equality situation in Japan, especially as it relates to parity in politics.  In her capacity as professor of political science at Sophia University, Miura was involved in the legislative process for Japan’s Gender...
Japan's #MeToo movement was sparked by a television reporter who said she was sexually harassed by the country’s highest-ranking finance ministry official. “Can I touch your breast?” “Can I tie you up?” The voice of the man’s relentless sexual advances...
National campaign seeks to end violence against women  There’s an almost dispassionate matter-of-factness in the way Risa Tanaka describes how she was tortured by her husband.  One of the methods he favored, she says, was to act as a police...

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