"Love is all very well," said an unmarried Japanese office girl, "but it makes you too dependent on a man. That's why I buy stock."

She was not a spinster munching sour grapes. In the land of the rising woman, where a husband used to control his yen, millions of wives are buying stock by cutting corners and snipping off a larger hunk of the family pay envelope. As a result, Japan is having its biggest investment boom in history. This year 9,000,000 shareholders will invest $5.5 billion v. $4 billion last year; investment trusts have increased 50%, and savings...

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