Thank you so much for your article on the lack of effort being made to utilize the intelligence and abilities of Japanese women [Aug. 29]. I am a Canadian woman teaching English in Japan, and I was shocked by how patriarchal Japanese society is. Your story quoted a women's rights activist as saying, "Women must work twice as hard as men to advance their careers because of prejudices within Japanese companies...And then they have to go home and work three times as hard there." Japanese women work until their backs are literally bent to the ground and get no thanks from...

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