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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


The Right to Choose One’s Own Lifestyle

  The Abe Cabinet aims for a society where all citizens play an active role. And, feminists advocate that women should also enter the workforce and be equally promoted. I believe, however, such authoritative affirmatives are not only unrealistic but also antithetical to what most citizens want.                                                                                      In Japan, the majority of students advance to universities. There are many housewives who have graduated universities. Some people believe that they should given special support by the government to facilitate their desire to work.                                                                                       “My Voice. Com”, a research firm, conducted a survey of 1,000 housewives having university degrees from March 7th to the 10th. Over two-thirds (67.2% ) of them became housewives by their own volition. Only 32.8% unwillingly quit their jobs due to difficulties in balancing their job, housework and/or childcare. Over 70% (72.9%) of the respondents opposed the slogan “Women Activation.” 16.5% even felt it unpleasant. 7.2% felt it burdensome, and 49.2% believed it’s unrealistic. Only 15.2 % agreed with the slogan.                                                                                      Customarily, when Japanese women marry, they become housewives. And, after the Lehman Shock, their preference for housewives is on the rise.                                                                                       Many married women have to continue to work because their husbands’ income is not enough. After the Lehman Shock, companies increased contract workers. They are underpaid although they work the same as regular workers. Day care workers are also underpaid even though they are in high demand.                                                                                       Many men give up marrying because they cannot earn enough money to support a family. Many couples give up having a child because of insufficient income. It’s no wonder that the childbirth rate has declined.                                                                                       Fortunately, the Abe Cabinet has started to pay attention to the underpaid. I believe that the Abe Cabinet should deregulate labor laws so companies can fire ineffectual employees so that they can then hire better regular employees. Until then, companies will only hire contract workers as a defensive move.                                                                                       Article 13 of the Japanese Constitution guarantees the right to pursue happiness. Japanese citizens should be given the right to choose their lifestyle by themselves. Whether or not married women work should be decided by themselves.           


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • 17:42
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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