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Other postwar reforms opened education institutions to women and required that women receive equal pay for equal work.
A common occupation for young women is that of office lady, that is, a female office worker who performs generally pink collar tasks such as serving tea and secretarial or clerical work.
Corporate culture also plays a role; while many men are expected to socialize with their managers after long work days, women may find trouble balancing child-rearing roles with the demands of mandatory after-work social events.
To that end, in 2003, the Japanese government set a goal to have 30% of senior government roles filled by women.
This established several changes to women’s roles in the family, such as the right to inherit the family home or land, and the right of women (over the age of 20) to marry without the consent of the house patriarch.
In the Tokugawa period, men could divorce their wives simply through stating their intention to do so in a letter.