31 Aug '12, 7am

Working mums in Japan balance work and family

Working mums in Japan balance work and family

TOKYO: In Japan, women are now seen as key economic drivers due to the fast aging and shrinking population. However, many women still leave the workforce after childbirth. In 2011 the total number of women in Japan's labor force was 26 million. A drop of 0.4 per cent from the previous year. Some companies however, are managing to retain their female staff. Yuko Hoshino, a beauty consultation planner with cosmetics firm Shiseido, is enjoying lunch with her children - not at home but at her office canteen. It is 'Children's Invitation Day' at Japan's largest cosmetics firm Shiseido, and it is part of the company's program to encourage a good work-life balance by creating opportunities for families to spend time together. In Japan, many women leave the workforce in their late 20s and only return in their late 30s. That is because many mothers cannot find nurseries for their c...

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