“The main reason to think that Japan’s structural changes to encourage the employment and advancement of women will succeed is that there is no alternative.  Japan’s demographic challenges are too severe and the untapped economic potential of Japanese women is too large to ignore. As Mr. Abe astutely remarked in a speech last spring, women are Japan’s “most underutilized resource.””

Read the full New York Times article by Laura D’Andrea Tyson titled Japan’s Women to the Rescue.

Laura D’Andrea Tyson is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton.