For years the young mothers of Japan have held their tongues as the country's silent minority but now they have been pushed too far. In open revolt at the Government, their demands are simple: sell us cheap tricycles or leave us alone.
Faced with draconian new cycling laws and the effective criminalisation of their daily school run, the mothers have unleashed their most powerful weapon. In a country already suffering the lowest birthrate in the developed world, young women are threatening to stop breeding beyond their first child if the tradition of sannin-nori — or “three-on-a-bike” — is outlawed.
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