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Coronavirus fallout highlights failure of Japan's womenomics

Women are losing jobs faster than men as economy contracts

| Japan
Women account for as many as two-thirds of non-regular jobs. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

When Shinzo Abe campaigned for the premiership in 2012, empowering women was a cornerstone of his plan to revitalize Japan. Seven years on, no failure better encapsulates how little success Abe has had remaking Asia's second-biggest economy.

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