A woman stands in front of a view of autumn leaves and Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo on November 29, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE
A woman stands in front of a view of autumn leaves and Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo on November 29, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE
Akanksha Khullar
Opinion

Opinion

Akanksha Khullar

Legalising abortion pill only half the battle for women in Japan

  • After much delay, Japan’s parliament looks set to approve the medication this year, but women will still require spousal consent to obtain a prescription
  • This caveat, along with the cost – around US$780 per dose – has highlighted the country’s patriarchal views on reproductive rights, and the need for greater reform

A woman stands in front of a view of autumn leaves and Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo on November 29, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE
A woman stands in front of a view of autumn leaves and Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo on November 29, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE
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