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"Womenomics": women to the rescue of Japan's economy?

We head to Japan where 70% of women quit their jobs after the birth of their first child. That's not good for the economy especially in a country with low birth rates and an aging population. This has prompted the government to try and lure women back into the workforce, a concept dubbed "womenomics". Some experts say that if Japan succeeds in this effort, Japan's GDP per capita would increase by as much as 5%... Marie Linton, Kiwa Wakabayashi and Justin McCurry have more.

A show prepared by Elise Duffau and Patrick Lovett

By Marie LINTON , Justin McCURRY

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2018-01-19 Americas

The challenge of clearing Colombia of landmines

One year after Colombia signed a historic peace deal with FARC rebels, a key challenge is to clear the soil of anti-personnel mines and other explosives. After Afghanistan,...

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2018-01-18 Middle East

Rise of sandstorms plagues Middle East

Sandstorms have long been known to cause chaos in the Middle East - blocking out the sun in the middle of the day, or leaving passenger jets grounded on the airport tarmac. But...

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2018-01-17 Asia-pacific

Why Hong Kong is Asia's electronic garbage dump

Asia is increasingly weighed down by electronic waste and it's in Hong Kong that the situation is the most alarming. The city produces nearly 200,000 tons of electronic waste...

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2018-01-16 Europe

Strict controls behind Denmark's generous unemployment benefits

At just 4.2%, Denmark boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, and those looking for work receive up to 90% of their former salary. However, rigorous controls apply...

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2018-01-15 Americas

Stolen medication sold on black market in Mexico

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