JAPAN: Father Was Quite Happy

One of the mixed blessings the U.S. conferred on conquered Japan was the abrupt introduction of equal rights for women. Japanese women now have the right to vote, the right to sue for divorce (some 10,000 exercise it annually), and Japanese wives—except in the most backward rural areas—no longer must dutifully walk ten paces behind their husbands.

For the women, the changes have been exhilarating and bewildering, but Japanese men often think things have gone too far; last week many of them were pondering the plaint of a 42-year-old white-collar worker with...

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