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Economy

Japan sees record number of women working, but challenges remain

Labor crunch manages to open seams in notoriously rigid corporate cultures

Students walk to a job interview in Tokyo. A growing number of women are joining the workforce in Japan. (Photo by Tsuyoshi Tamehiro)

TOKYO -- A record number of women have joined Japan's workforce, which is good news for a country struggling with a labor shortage. But many women are taking part-time jobs, reflecting the difficulty of getting Japan's highly educated female workers into productive positions.

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