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In the article “It’s all mother’s fault’: Childcare and the socialization of working mothers in Japan,” the author Mariko Fujita, examines the cultural meaning of mother-children relationships and the roles of women in Japanese society. In this article, Fujita explains how Japanese society perceive working mothers. She states that society often perceives working mothers as self-interested and uncaring for their children. For instance, day-care teachers saw working mothers as selfish, working only to earn extra income for their own well being. The teachers also perceived working mothers as young and inexperienced. Whenever the children had problems, the teachers would blame the mothers for not raising them properly. Furthermore,
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Unformatted text preview: the teachers had the impression that working mothers used daycares so that they would have more time to do other things for themselves such as grocery shopping. Another topic that interested me is how college students in Japan viewed working mothers. Although the university students were more progressive than the typical person living in Japan, they too agreed with the traditional beliefs when it came to mother-child relationships. However, in American, working mothers are prevalent; many continue to work even after they have a child. I found the difference between American and Japanese mothers interesting, that society has such a great impact on the lives of working women....
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