Shinzo Abe Vowed Japan Would Help Women ‘Shine.’ They’re Still Waiting.

TOKYO — This was supposed to be the era when Japan finally stepped beyond its centuries of patriarchal dominance and empowered women in the workplace. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the country’s prosperity depended on it, and promised policies to help women “shine.” He even gave the push a name: womenomics.

Sayaka Hojo has yet to see the fruits of those pledges.

Ms. Hojo, 32, the mother of a young daughter, has had three different employers during the nearly eight-year tenure of Mr….

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