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Visiting Mo House brand shop

Hello dear friends!
This is Choko, the new member of International Community Care and Lifespan Development lab. Since we warmly welcomed by our lab friends, nearly one month has been passed. Time passes quickly, while we are busy with focusing on daily study and work. Please receive today’s blog entry to relax your brain.
Children are always the future of a country. Being a mother is the most priceless job of human live. She is empathetic and loving, always giving of herself to her children. Mothers are full of never-ending kindness, make their society blossom like beautiful flowers. Without them how this world would be. p3 resized
“Working mother” is still a new phenomenon in the society however the equal employment opportunity law, enacted in 1985 in Japan. According to the Japantimes “the number of female workers in Japan increased from 15.48 million in 1985 to 24.36 million in 2014. They also added “Workers in irregular positions, such as part-timers — whose share in Japan’s labor force has reached 40 percent — account for 53 percent of employed women.”
On last Friday (April 27), with the purpose of meeting with working mothers, six of us (Prof. Anme, Prof. Murata from the University of Kwansei Gakuin, School of Sociology, Ass.Prof. Yuko from the university of Morinomiya of Medical Sciences, Dr. Sugisawa from Health and Welfare Department at Ushiku city, Dr. Tanaka and I visited Mo house brand shop in Tsukuba. Very friendly staff, we felt warmly welcomed. This company has 45 staff and most of them are mothers with children from 0 to 5 and half of them voluntarily choose to work their children at work place. Their mottos is “Let's go out more. Let's smile more. During pregnancy, breast-feeding, and raising children, you want to do what you want to do”. Besides developing and providing eco-friendly products as well as operation about working style of Mo-House, they organize the community-based activities such as planning events, supporting child-rearing mothers where child rearing mothers’ can join and talk about their worries and concerns.
"The reason I started up Mo house is that I felt something wrong with breastfeeding in public. Child rearing is a natural behavior, but sadly it is often followed by the image of difficulties, inconveniences, worries, or guilty feelings. Why it should be that? It might be common feeling among mothers who are rearing children our times," says Yuka Mitsuhata, a specially appointed Professor, Social Collaboration center, Ibaraki University and founder of Mo House LLC.
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Likewise, we have met a stuff who works for Mo house. She is mother of two and youngest child is 3.5 months. While talking with us, her eyes were filled with self-esteem. According to her, she manages the same work-home balance and this working experience builds up her social competence. It seems like when business purpose and community culture are in alignment, the empowerment comes true.
As a foreign researcher, I have seen that thanks to the professionals the empowerment already possible to everyone in Japan. Empowerment let us know our power-source personally and gives us confidence in our role in the community. As Prof. Anme defined the empowerment is respect for mankind and, belief in the potential capacity of all people and activities aimed fair and equal world where those potential abilities can be demonstrated is became practical in the society lives, I do believe Japan already practiced and started receiving the fruits of it.
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With many thanks and best wishes,
Choko (Short term research student)
April 29, 2018
Special thanks to MO house LLC founder Ms. Yuka Mitsuhata and employees of this branding company for taking your time for us!
Simply say; mother’s work starts from breast-feeding her child. Her job description consists of 3-word only for her child: “I love you”. Her working hour is 24/7. She looks forward to the future with joy for family and community flourish.
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