(South China Morning Post) Sayako had been trying to conceive a second child for two years when her boss at a Japanese day care centre suggested she stop because she had missed her “turn”.
Sayako, who spoke using a pseudonym, learned her boss had an unwritten policy that experts say is not uncommon in Japan: an informal “pregnancy rota” for employees.
“Why don’t you take a break, you already have one,” her boss said, despite knowing Sayako was so keen to get pregnant that she was seeing a fertility specialist. “I was so shocked and stunned that I couldn’t answer.”
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