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What do I know just in the last enough we met in politics but better representation is the only way to make sure we men's issues get addressed your ego but okay was speaking to Rebecca Cassidy and there's a film version of that story on the struggle to get women's reproductive rights up the agenda in Japan on our website search for BBC with this history films and it really isn't just about the contraceptive pill the debate surrounding its legislation only in nineteen ninety nine shines a light on other aspects of Japanese society medical oy is the B. B. C.'s business correspondent in Tokyo and she's been telling me why she thinks it took so long for the pill to be accepted in Japan a lot of people argue that it's because there is a lot of men who run the country had a very I guess you have a distinct view about contraception but I had my personal experience so just introduce myself I need to destroy the when I was sixteen to study English and I started taking pills a couple of years later that was because basically I had an eating disorder and my parents stopped and the doctor said that it's better to be on a contraceptive pills so that you have it regularly and when I was back in Japan for a holiday I was out for lunch with one of my friends and I was taking that hell and she said oh isn't that like really young healthy and this friend of mine had two or three abortions by then so she was almost using an abortion as a as a contraceptive methods and I said I think it's healthier than having an abortion but she was still very unconvinced about that and I think it was almost a myth that taking contraceptive pill was unhealthy so even when it became legal a lot of women still had reluctance to take it with people outside Japan think of Japan they have the image of a very sophisticated and modern country of very advanced country technologically and yet the attitude towards the contraceptive pill seems to be if you like lagging behind that level of advancement well yes and no I think one of the policies that prime minister Shinzo Ave assaulted trying to encourage more women to get back to work after childbirth because a lot of women I think decided to quit work off there have in their first child ends I didn't think it was about gender equality I think it was the fact that the economy needed more women to whack but even then there is this traditional image of what women should be an even when they go back to work they still given that idea that you have to be a perfect mother you know and as a result a lot of mothers get up to stupid o'clock in the morning to make a lunch box for they kids and then you have to get ready and then you have to make their breakfast and obviously you go to work and then you come back and you have to cook their dinner and you know clean up and do all of that and you have to do everything perfectly otherwise you get somewhat stigmatized that well you know you're such a career women in your sacrificing your children for your career when it comes to men I would like to think and I have witnessed a lot of younger men have changed you know I've seen my cousins do a lot more housework than I've seen my father has done in his entire life but at the same time they still that you know you're so lucky to have very understanding husband who that's you woke and who helps you out with housework it's still that idea that it's predominantly the women's job and indeed the historical comparison between the regulatory policies taken by **** and the contraceptive pill are really striking in terms of the speed with which **** was approved and the length of time it took for the concept of bill to be approved and it does seem to speak to an historical attitude in Japan which is well frankly deeply sexist if you speak to people who have very traditional views their argument is that this is always being the wage upon Japanese families operated and that's why we should carry on but if you actually look at end of period one summer to handle you notice all others at the time a lot of women well lacking and it's only actually after the second World War when Japan's economy how to recover very quickly from that devastating loss from the second World War and your husband you fall the working twenty four seven as the office Souljah you know they work Japan has a notorious issue as a working and for the country's economy while women support the household if you look at how the household finances are on a lot of the times I think that eighty percent of household finances are controlled by the housewife and if you look at some of the global banking if gender equality into con Japon runs extremely lay but at the same time when people ask me all this not mean that you feel like we the oppressed and you're always judged and discriminated against no what about in the realm of democratic representation medicos in the in the press the rest will has is that a game the Japanese parliament is a very male dominated one yes that is it's when you look at the number of lawmakers know even on the national level but even local levels it's extremely rare to see a high profile female politicians it's called the because politics is almost like a family business in Japan said if you look at the current prime minister a lot of the ministers the fall those their grandfathers were a politician and you have that local support base so it's very difficult for newcomers to NHTSA they have been trying but the progress has been extremely slay that's medical or in Tokyo next the story of sex and bribery at the top of one of Europe's leading royal families in a series of explosive newspaper interviews released in December two thousand four shortly after his death prince Bandar called sought to form a queen Juliana of the Netherlands admitted to fathering two children with women other than his wife accepting million dollar bribes from the aircraft manufacturer located under string of other offense Mike Lansing has been speaking to one of the journalists who listened to the prince's confessions he was on December fourteenth two thousand and four that the scoop was splashed across the front page ages of the left wing daily ducks newspaper to folks concerned the pain she's built the paints spanked the prince's stats the prince speaks that pulls the headline in the newspaper and it was sold out immediately we had to re prints copies of the newspaper during the day the prince in question was prince Bernhard of the Netherlands husband and consort of the former Dutch queen Giuliana and father of the then reigning queen Patrick's prince Bernard had died just a few weeks earlier but in the years leading up to his death he's given hours in hours of intimate interviews to two of the folks guns top journalists and my name is young trump a no instead over you please and in those days I was part of the editing stuff of the folks comes he was back in the late nineteen nineties that Yan and his colleague on the paper Peter but which is came up with their ambitious idea to get an exclusive interview with a top personality who rarely spoke to the press first on the list was the pope but hardly surprisingly he declined and second on the list false prince Bernhard congratulations.

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