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More companies in U.S. offer on-site child care, but is it a long-term fix?

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More companies in U.S. offer on-site child care, but is it a long-term fix?

Still better than Japan, Japan Inc just won't easily allow people to take their parental leave.

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Maybe not a long term fix, but it’s a step in the right direction and that’s good enough for now.

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It's no fix at all. What about the millions of people who do not work for those companies?

This is a drop in the bucket.

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Maybe it should be a long-term solution. The workers are happier, the children are happier, and the company gets a good reputation. There will probably be less worker turnover. The workers can concentrate on their jobs. The children can socialize and feel safe. The richest country in the world doesn't have medical care for kids. Every winter there is a coat drive to get warm clothing for kids. Every summer their is a fan drive to help cool off the children. No dental care. No affordable child care for the working class. But the US brags about how rich it is. This seems like an ideal solution for mom, dad, and the kids. It's one of those "why not" ideas. Kids are, after all, the future. Give 'em a chance.

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How about paying people a salary like in the past were it is capable for a single person to work and raise a family while the other parent can stay home? It doesn't matter if it is a man or a woman working or staying home with the children, as a single father raise by 2 parents with a stay home parent, the difference between what I got and what my children got are night and day!

And as for single parents, well again speaking as one, if you can avoid the situation then do that, the idea you can work and raise a child on your own and do it well is a myth!

It doesn't matter if the daycare is at the office or not, kids get sick, kids gave problems in school, a thousand different things pop up and all of them will pull you away from work, if you don't lose your job you will lose promotions etc...no company is going to promote someone that regularly has to miss work regardless if it is form children or something else, the promotion will go to the person that can put more work in and be available without any problems!

In office daycare or not, if the child is sick you can't bring them to the daycare, then how long will they be at daycare each day?

The one with children at the daycare will need to still leave at a reasonable time for the good if the child.

So the ones without children or with a stay home partner will end up having to work more to cover for those with children in daycare.

This is not speculation it has been proven over and over again in multiple studies.

It is common sense. A company division has a deadline, the ones with children in daycare leave in time, they have no choice they need to get the child from daycare, so who stays at the office to make the deadline? Well the ones that don't have children in daycare!

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sakurasuki

Today 07:16 am JST

More companies in U.S. offer on-site child care, but is it a long-term fix?

> Still better than Japan, Japan Inc just won't easily allow people to take their parental leave.

Really?

Ok parental leave, I will give you that.

But sorry but as a single father in Japan one thing I could get that none of my family or friends could in the USA or Canada 25 years ago was public daycare at a reasonable price!

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I know of two places here in Okayama that do this. Benesse has a day care center inside their headquarters for employees and the people I know that work their have great things to say about it. The other is 国立病院, which has one for the children of doctors and nurses who work at the hospital (neighbor works there). Both seem like worthwhile investments.

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Maybe not a long term fix, but it’s a step in the right direction and that’s good enough for now.

The article makes a good point about this may not being positive at the end. It would not be the first time replacing a public service with something completely dependent o private companies ending up becoming an even worse problem. It is not just about a service being offered, but that it is replacing something better and it is not even accesible to most people.

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ArtistAtLargeToday  09:28 am JST

It's no fix at all. What about the millions of people who do not work for those companies?

This is a drop in the bucket.

More private, corp services will free up availability for public and noncorp private services. Those millions who don't work for those companies will have an easier time to enroll or how about trying to get a job at one of those companies. It's a step in the right direction and has cascading benefits but I guess some will still complain because not everyone is able to work for those companies. Nanny state thinking.

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As for my experience... the US child support system is almost none existent. Japan is light year better than the US.

That being said, Japan still has a lot of problems... but still, there are child day care services even in some companies, but to be true they are not nearly enough yet.

As for parental leave, mothers can take up to 1.5 years (more or less) for partenal leave, this include pre-natal leave and post natal with pay (reduced though). And still take longer time is possible (more than 1.5 years) but in that case without pay, but the working place is secured.

For fahers, parental leave situation is also posible and about the same time as the mother (lest pre-natal leave).

The problem for fathers in particular is that many don't take the leave even in cases where the company ask them to take it. Also there is the problem of harrasment in some companies, after the mother/father return form parental leave, to the point that they get fired (or are push to the point to quit)...

Those problems exist, but slowly the situation in that area is getting better.

Again, there is much much more to do in Japan regarding child support... But talking in generals, the US is hell compared to Japan.

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Post-Brexit, child care and the care sector in general is collapsing in the UK. That will happen wherever migrant labour is locked out. Workplace care may be the only option.

And not just for kids. This may be a solution for elderly people too, in Japan and anywhere with an increasingly large population of elderly people.

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