“Abe’s policies of pragmatism contain qualities that break with what is commonly thought of as the conservative agenda. They do not paint the traditional image of Japan as an ethnically homogeneous society where women are housewives, three generations live in the same household, and the elderly spend their golden years at home being looked after by their children.
Abe, whose Womenomics forms a major plank of his labor reforms, seeks to maintain a strong economy by bringing in more female, elderly and immigrant workers. The labor participation rate among working-age women rose to 67.4% in 2017 from 60.7% in 2012. But labor is still tight — a condition that is expected to continue in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics.”