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Why women's work in Japan is never done

Women battle for recognition in a male-dominated business world, only to have to drop out once their parents or parents-in-law grow old

The government cut funding for nursing homes to rein in social-service costs; as a result, more elderly have to receive care at home. Yet efforts to help women stay in the workforce have mainly revolved around childcare.


HIROMI NAKASAKI remembers working past midnight on New Year's Eve and during holidays as a business systems consultant in Japan's notoriously long-houred work environment. Last summer, at the height of her career, she quit.

A consultant in the software industry in Tokyo, Ms

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