By Catherine Makino
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Married or single? Working full-time or part-time? Earning high or low? A few decades ago, Japanese women rarely attended university. But more choices and economic pressure have brought new polarities to their expectations.
TOKYO (WOMENSENEWS)--Tanako Nakayama, a 61-year-old librarian, says that when she was young, woman rarely went to college.
If they graduated, they became teachers or telephone operators. Single women in their 30s were called "loser dogs."
"I was one of the few special women who went on to university," Nakayama said. "After I graduated, I worked as a teacher in a private school owned by a big company