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close this bookBringing Equality Home - Implementing the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (UNIFEM, 1998, 45 p.)
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Japan

Japan ratified CEDAW in 1985, and several pieces of legislation were enacted at that time to bring Japanese law into conformity with the Convention. The most important of these were the 1984 amendment to the Nationality Law, which conferred Japanese nationality on the children of Japanese women, and the 1985 Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEOL) which prohibited employment discrimination in the private sector. Women's NGOs consistently criticised the EEOL because of the weakness of its enforcement provisions, and the Japanese Government was finally convinced in 1997 to amend the law to strengthen these provisions.