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Every day is International Men's Day in Japan

Country must fight misogyny and sexual harassment from the ground up

| Japan
Hankyu Railway's women-only carriage at Osaka-Umeda station, pictured in June 2013: It is a tool to compartmentalize women. (Photo by Atsushi Ooka)

International Women's Day on March 8 is about building a gender-equal world. In Japan, however, it is a sad reminder that the other 364 days belong to men.

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Womenomics, a set of policies to promote women's participation in the workplace now in its seventh year, Japanese society remains stubbornly patriarchal.

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