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Japanese Women Strike for Anti-Discrimination Law

Approximately 200 women in Japan went on a “General Women’s Strike” yesterday. Participants held a rally in Tokyo, marching to Japan’s Parliament and giving copies of a proposed law that would prohibit discrimination against women in all fields to women legislators.

Currently, there are no anti-discrimination laws in Japan. Companies are only encouraged to end discrimination. In April 1999, a law will take effect that will require equal hiring and promotion policies, but there will be no fines issued to companies who do not comply.

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AP - March 3, 1998