A Woman’s Job in Japan: Care for Kids and Parents, Work Late

Hiromi Nakasaki holds an umbrella in Tokyo. Now, Nakasaki visits Tokyo every month to promote herself as a freelance business consultant. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Hiromi Nakasaki remembers working past midnight on New Year’s Eve and during holidays as a business systems consultant in Japan’s notoriously long-houred work environment. Last summer, at the height of her career, she quit.

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