Japan minister to take paternity leave, aiming to be a role model

Japan minister to take paternity leave, aiming to be a role model

A Japanese minister has announced he would take paternity leave, as he aims to become a role model for the country’s working fathers. Environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi said he would take about two weeks of leave over three months following the birth of his first child this month. While Japan’s parental leave policies are among the world’s most generous, just 6% avail of child care leave.

Tim 1 months

good on him. bold move with potentially very positive results.

Takoda Ackerley
Takoda Ackerley 1 months

Why shouldn't he, making sure his wife is alright and helping with the child is an honorable thing to do.

Edmond_Dantes 1 months

Lazy p.o.s.

B. K.
B. K. 1 months

Like all developed first world countries (except 1) families are encouraged to spend time at home with the child when it is born. Japan has 1 year of shared time that can be spent at home, Canada has a maximum of 78 weeks leave. Other countries such as Austria have up to 3 years, as do most in Europe where family time is much more balanced in relation to work time and protected by the state. Japanese culture is very traditional and honor based. A man not working 'is of no use', and doing 'woman's work' is also socially not as accepted as in western cultures. It is great they are slowly changing and embracing equality for men and less stereotypical roles.

Fin 1 months

Even if that child is a girl right pm...

David Silverstone
David Silverstone 1 months

Why are we so hellbent on pushing women to work when they generally hate their jobs and childcare is usually more expensive and definitely worse for the child than their own parents.

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