maternity

Real life Baby Driver! Taxi driver speeds Japanese Twitter user’s pregnant wife to hospital

Anyone would be excited for the birth of their own child, but this taxi driver elevated the special event into a scene worthy of an action movie.

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Japan introduces new maternity taxi service in Tohoku to help pregnant women

Iwate Prefecture is the latest region to receive a designated maternity taxi service, in a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular around Japan.

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New “pink light” system for pregnant passengers trialled on subway in South Korea【Video】

The bluetooth system has been designed to help pregnant women secure a seat on the train.

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Survey by Japanese ministry reveals high rates of “maternity harassment” in workplace

A new survey conducted by the Japanese government found that nearly half of female temp workers faced discrimination as a result of being or becoming pregnant while in employment.

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Kitty-chan fans in Taiwan can now give birth at this Hello Kitty maternity clinic

Having been around since the 1970s, world-renown mouthless cat Hello Kitty is still going strong. In fact, she’s probably even more popular now that she has ever been before. Fans can indulge in nearly anything Hello Kitty-inspired that their hearts desire – from furnishing their entire house with Kitty-chan decor, to enjoying tea and sweets at Hello Kitty cafes, to spending a fun-filled day at the Sanrio theme park in Japan.

And just in case that weren’t enough, fans in Taiwan can now even give birth at an entirely Hello Kitty-decorated maternity clinic.

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5 powerful reasons to be a woman in Japan 【Women in Japan Series】

It’s no secret that Japan continually lands at the bottom in global gender gap reports. In 2012, the World Economic Forum ranked Japan 101 in regard to women’s participation in the economy and politics. In 2013, Japan placed 105 (out of 135 countries), putting it behind Burkina Faso in gender equality.

Based on these findings, you may think it doesn’t seem like Japan is a very good country for women, but you’d be wrong. While there are huge shortcomings in gender gaps in the workplace, economy and politics, in other sectors of Japanese society some would would argue that Japanese women have “too much” power.

Let’s take a look at five areas where women are most powerful in Japan.

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