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Japan's Womenomics

series: Pbs Newshour Weekend

air date: 11/05/17 6:30 PM

Japan is at risk of a long-term economic slowdown, because of a shrinking workforce driven by a low birthrate and an aging population that's about 30 percent elderly. Since taking office in 2012, the country's conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pursued a solution: getting more women to work outside the home. In October, Abe's ruling coalition won two-thirds of the seats in Japan's parliament, opening a path for his economic policy goal of expanding Japan's workforce and increasing productivity by drawing more women to work and maintaining careers after having children. The approach has been dubbed "Womenomics." NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Amy Guttman reports from Tokyo on how Womenomics has had to overcome steep practical and cultural obstacles.

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