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AJ+ examines the widespread sexism seen in Japan’s workplaces in this incredible documentary.

The doc uses a blend of real footage and animation to paint a picture of what life is like for the average female employee of a company in Japan. Despite being one of the largest economies in the world, Japan lags far behind when it comes to equal rights for women. Female employees are often expected to quit their job after having children and are even denied promotions or demoted if they tell their bosses that they want to start a family.

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In this doc we learn about the Japanese government’s “Womenomics” initiative as well. The government is trying to get more women into work, to fill a gap in the labour market caused by the country’s ageing population. But the policy has been widely criticised, as it often encourages women to get unstable, low-paying part time jobs. Instead of making women’s lives better, it actually things much harder. These jobs don’t offer any welfare and are not a good option for women who want to start a family but don’t want to give up their careers.


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