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Japan’s Midnight Hours Thwart Abe’s Plans for More Working Moms

Hiroko Yano, who’s worked 20 years at the same company, was recently told she could become a manager. The mother of three, who puts in an average of two hours overtime a day, rejected the idea, saying she doesn’t want to be stuck in the office until midnight like the other managers.

“I’d like to have a job where I don’t have to do overtime,” said Yano, 45, a team leader at an information technology solutions company, who asked that it not be named. “Sometimes I think it would be better to give up working altogether and become a housewife, so that I can see my children when they come back from school.”