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Rolling with the punches hurts Japanese women

Grassroots actions must challenge the norm

| Japan
Commuters at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo: women must be able to discuss all options before bending backward.   © AP

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

A friend of mine -- call her Shiho -- has a history of relationship woes. Trying to be an understanding partner, Shiho always gave her boyfriends a generous benefit of the doubt until she had had enough.

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