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Japan's single mothers, female nonregular workers hard hit by virus


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Womenomics as planned! Another round of applause for Abe.

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Exactly, Abe's womenomics is an abject failure for women. If you want to go further, how is the household supposed to support online education? No PC, and more than likely no high speed internet, probably just the mom's smartphone. How is the mother supposed to pay for the expensive after school entrance cram jukus? Abe was born with a silver spoon and doesn't have children, he has no idea of the ordinary person's struggles let alone a single mom.

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"The support must be bolstered for women who are unable to pay their rent anymore through providing them with housing and, for the time being, cash benefits for living expenses,"

if Japan were a first world country then support would be much more forthcoming and this article would not exist!

However, it is not..

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What percentage of single mothers in Japan get full maintenance payments from their children's fathers? The only data I could find was from 2011, but it said it was only 20%. This is far too low. If it were higher, both parents would have to have no work for a single mother to have "no income" during a crisis like this.


Getting back to the bigger problem of part-time workers in general, anyone working more than say 20 hours a week should be on employment insurance (koyou hoken). This is paid by both the worker and the employer, so some will see it as a tax (and "robbery" etc.), but it would provide a safeguard for times like this and help close the gap between regular and non-regular employees.

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"female participation in the workforce amid a shortage of labor due to the declining birthrate and aging population"


nothing has changed.

Japan shooting itself in the foot.

In dire times, women (or men) shall be rewarded with social subsidies if raising children.

It is a country's future.

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I’m shy, but the demographics I most have social interaction with are these people. I know many rich males, but they are mostly cold self centered individuals.

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60% of the workforce are classified as non-regular workers.

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If you look at salaries in Japan they are abysmal. A single mother probably struggles to make 150,000 yen a month working full-time.

And they're forbidden to work part-time to supplement this low income.

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Some of the biggest spokeswomen for 'Womenomics' in Japan work for foreign companies or are academics, high-ranking and well-paid employees who are given time to speak, indeed it could be cynically called virtue-signalling PR for them. They have almost zero concept of the daily struggles of the average Suzuki-san, juggling 2 or even 3 part-time jobs to make ends meet, and put her children through school.

They should get rid of the male 'oyajis' on these committees and include more local working women, who would know first hand the realities, and work on practical solutions, not vote-grabbing politcal arrows.

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Ask Abe, Kato the minister of Mhlw or the bureaucrats and they will tell you with doctored figures that Japan is doing the best in the world.

They will always get away with anything as long as most of the programs are in the hands of yoshimoto comedians some with just JHS certificate.

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Single mothers and women with less secure jobs in Japan have seen their employment opportunities upended as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.

Is it really news that a single parent is more likely to be at a disadvantage financially than a married couple? This is an obvious fact. Everyone knows that single parents and their children are much more likely to live in poverty. That story has been written a million times already. Slow news day on JT.

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Personally, I want to live in a society that uses its resources to take care of single mothers and their children. Then these children can bring society up, instead of holding it back.

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What about single fathers, like men in general, just not on the radar......

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Personally, I want to live in a society that uses its resources to take care of single mothers and their children. Then these children can bring society up, instead of holding it back.

Then you should head to France.

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Exactly, why about single fathers? Seems like they aren’t recognized in 19th century Japan.

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