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Japan must love its stay-at-home spouses more

Increased flexibility at the office will allow nation to revalue housework

| Japan
A wife fixes dinner while her husband plays with their son: some male executives say that they would have traded at least one year of work to care for their young child.   © Corbis/Getty Images

Nobuko Kobayashi is a partner with EY Strategy and Consulting Co., Ltd., Strategy and Transactions -- EY-Parthenon.

In his bestseller Full-time homemakers are losing 200 million yen, Japanese author Akira Tachibana chronicled the opportunities lost over a lifetime of becoming a full-time housewife.

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