Could women be the key to turning around Japan's economy?
23 December 2013 Last updated at 17:20 GMT
Japan ranks among the worst countries for gender equality but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reform plans, dubbed Abenomics, are placing women at the forefront.
It is an attempt to reverse the fortunes of a country that has been stagnant since a debt bubble burst 20 years ago. Linda Yueh has been to Tokyo to find out if the plan is working.