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Japan’s Womenomics

The island nation is pinning its hopes on women to save its flagging economy.

Japan’s government believes it has found a cure for its faltering economy: Women.

Long overlooked during more than two decades of economic stagnation, Japanese women are considered among the most highly educated but underutilised resource in the developed world.

In what has been dubbed “womenomics”, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has put the country’s women at the heart of a strategy to revive the country’s ailing economy.

But with an endemic chauvinistic society, 101 East asks if women can conquer the gender gap to save Japan’s economy.

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