Published in Women's Health Weekly, September 13th, 1999
The Pill has been available elsewhere for four decades. But Japanese women were not expected to turn out in droves to get it.
The same attitudes that held back the oral contraceptive's government approval in this male-dominated nation remain major obstacles threatening to block its social acceptance - among both men and women.
"If a woman is on the Pill, I'd like to ask her: 'Are you a prostitute or something''" said a 29-year-old man who married his girlfriend when she got pregnant. "Sex should be natural, so it's better not to use contraception."
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