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Japan's moms stay in work in record numbers

M-shaped curve flattens as female labor participation rate tops US and France

Increasing numbers of Japanese mothers are continuing to work after having children.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- More Japanese women are staying in work after childbirth as government policy to keep young mothers in the workforce begins to pay off.

A tight labor market due to the shrinking population and the ongoing economic recovery are also factors, flattening Japan's M-shaped curve, a graph showing that female participation in the workforce dips when women marry and have children.

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