Yuka Ogata took seven-month-old son to work to highlight difficulties parents have amid acute shortage of childcare places

Weeks after Ivanka Trump lauded Japan’s progress on women’s participation in the workforce, a female politician was forced to leave the chamber after her colleagues objected to the presence of her seven-month-old child.

Yuka Ogata had taken her son to a session of the Kumamoto municipal assembly on Wednesday to highlight the difficulties many Japanese parents – particularly women – face juggling their careers with raising children, amid an acute shortage of nursery places.

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