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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…

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