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Japan should consider forcing men to take paternity leave

More coercive measures are needed to relieve the demographic crisis

| Japan
Commuters make their way at a train station in Tokyo: Men have been slow to change and continue to work long hours at the office.   © Reuters

Hiroshi Ono is professor of human resource management at Hitotsubashi University Business School.

Japan is in the midst of a demographic crisis -- a lethal combination of super-low fertility and a super-aging society, leading to a high dependency ratio and a shrinking population.

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