Great story on gender equality (er, lack thereof) in professional labor markets in Japan

Yuka Ogata, one of the few women in the Kumamoto municipal assembly in southwestern Japan, petitioned the council last year to let her breast-feed during sessions. Her request was rejected. She then asked for day care to be provided and was denied again. So, at one session last November, Ogata carried her 7-month-old son into the chamber and held him on her lap. Her male counterparts reacted angrily, forcing mother and son to leave, a display so common that Japanese even have a name for it: matahara, or maternity harassment. “I wanted to represent all of the parents who are struggling to raise children in Japan,” Ogata wrote later in a column for The Guardian newspaper. “It is time for the Japanese workplace to change to accommodate the needs of working parents.”

Full article is here.

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