Japan will start a new system to guarantee equal pay for equal work in fiscal 2019 after drawing up related guidelines by fiscal 2018, a draft of its forthcoming "dynamic society" plan showed Friday. The plan, expected to be adopted at a Cabinet meeting on May 31, will include a mid- to long-term timetable on the government's policy of creating a society in which everyone plays an active role. The guidelines for corporate officials in charge of labor management will exemplify specific cases in which pay differences between regular and nonregular workers are justified. Also during fiscal 2018, the government will aim to submit bills to revise laws on labor contracts, part-time employment and temporary staffing. The dynamic society plan will also include measures to shore up the birth rate.
JUDY WOODRUFF: When the U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup last year, there were celebrations and acclaim for their achievement. But five members of that team have now filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And they say U.S. soccer is practicing wage discrimination. The filing says, even though the women's team generated 20 million more in revenue than the men's team, the women earned four times less. The top women on the team earn a salary of 72,000, plus bonuses.