There may be opposition from those in the restaurant and other related industries, but this is a meaningful step forward. What is important now is working to sway public opinion.

Dr. Masakazu Nakamura of the Japan Association for Development of Community Medicine, commenting on the government's plan to implement strict countermeasures against secondhand smoke exposure in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Mainichi Shimbun) Read

The new law is epoch-making in terms of having companies come up with goals and measures by themselves to narrow the pre-existing gap between men and women in the workplace. However, it’s still unclear how much the programs have progressed, because the surveillance system is insufficient.

Masumi Minagawa, a part-time lecturer at Waseda University. Six months have passed since a law to promote the active engagement of women in society took effect. About 98% of target companies have drawn up an… Read

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