How Japan’s biggest cosmetics company keeps 100% of its new moms amid a childcare crisis


Japan’s “waiting-list children” (taiki jido) are a national crisis.

More than 23,000 children are waiting for spots at government-operated childcare centers by the latest count. They’re emblematic of one of the toughest challenges facing the Japanese government, which has identified more participation by women in the workforce as key to reforming Japan’s moribund economy—often referred to as “Womenomics,” after the ambitious “

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