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A third of working women in Japan are sexually harassed, study finds

March 1, 2016

Nearly a third of working women who answered a survey put forth by the Japanese government reported they’d been sexually harassed on the job.

The most common infractions included conversations centering on their appearance or age, unwanted touching, and sexually related questions. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they were asked out for dates and meals.

In the World Economic Forum’s 2015 gender gap report, Japan ranked 101 out of 145 countries. Its forward progress on gender equality is slow despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stated eagerness to do more to support working women.

The study also uncovered multiple instances of “maternity harassment” — when it’s suggested that women quit their jobs after becoming pregnant, or are bullied into doing so.

Read the full story at ABC News.