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Women in Japan tend to struggle economically following divorce.That’s because traditionally in Japan, men work, and women stay home to take care of the children.About 62 percent of women drop out of the workforce when they have their first child, according to Kingston.When couples divorce, women have often been out of the workforce for a long time.In the United States, by contrast, the divorce rate decreased between 19.There are about 1.8 divorces per 1,000 people in Japan, compared to 3.2 divorces per 1,000 people in the United States.
“People who employ them are always worried about whether they won't come to work—single mothers are considered not reliable,” Watanabe said.The poverty rate of similar working single-parent families in the U. “Japan is a warning—if you’re going to force single mothers to work, you’re not [necessarily] going to resolve those issues of poverty,” said Aya Ezawa, a sociologist at Leiden University in the Netherlands who has studied single mothers in Japan.The number of single mothers in Japan is growing, and the country will need to make big changes in order to help its single mothers thrive.TOKYO—Raising a child alone is hard, no matter where you live.
But among developed countries, single parents—and they are usually mothers—may be worst off in Japan.While 77 percent of university-educated Japanese women want to rejoin the workforce after leaving it to raise a child, only 43 percent are able to land any job, compared to 73 percent in the United States, according to a chapter about the workforce written by Kingston and Machiko Osawa, a researcher at Japan Women’s University, in the book .