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Tea Leaves

Why I'd rather be a Japanese woman than a Japanese man

Unrealized female potential is preferable to the insufferable life of a salaryman

Office workers walk down a street in central Tokyo in June. The typical Japanese salaryman has been forced to live a stressful life.   © Getty Images

My latest book, "Orienting: An Indian in Japan," has generated considerable interest in India. This is a testament, above all, to Japan's enduring cultural appeal as a travel destination. But many Indian readers have also expressed curiosity about the perceived low status of women in Japanese society.

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