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Gender equality

News and analysis on women's rights, the gender gap, LGBTI issues, sexual harassment, sexual minorities and masculinity in Asia and beyond.  

Young Japanese women take a wefie on Coming of Age Day. Female adults have a rough time in Japan. They are paid a third less than men for similar work. Photo: EPA

How Japan’s ‘womenomics’ has let women down

The gender gap remains wide in Japan, despite Abe’s pledge to uplift women. The country is controlled by conservative men who keep women out of medical schools, boardrooms, and the line of succession to the throne.