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Most divorces in Japan are settled by consent, which doesn't mandate a child-support agreement. Even when a child-support agreement is legally agreed on, there aren't mechanisms available to single mothers to ensure they get payments.

Miyuki Shimoebisu, an associate professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, who has studied divorce settlements in Japan and the U.S. About half of all one-parent families in Japan live below the poverty line, according to… Read

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