Japan should encourage female labour participation, says IMF paper

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Encouraging greater female participation in the labour force would help reduce the impact of Japan's aging population on growth, according to a working paper published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in October.

Authors Chad Steinberg and Masato Nakane said Japan's female labour participation rate is well below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average. Based on a database of OECD countries from 1960–2008, the paper finds smaller families, better female

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