Latest Issue

Asia diary

For women, the sexual revolution has finally reached Japan. Will the Japanese share their love with China?

Sex and drugs in Japan

In the autumn, Japanese women will be able to buy the pill legally for the first time-40 years after its introduction in the US. Japan has been the only industrialised country to ban oral contraceptives. But in Japan, a ban does not exactly mean a ban: a high-dose pill has been available for years, supposedly for hormonal treatment but dispensed at a doctor’s discretion. Japanese drug firms have been waiting a decade for the government to approve their applications for a low-dose pill. No reasons have ever been given for this inertia, though fear of…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect