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Japan Inc urged to make paternity leave no longer pie in the sky

By Maya Kaneko

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Well, fingers crossed...

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It's just another urge, nothing. No body takes it seriously. Just another day.

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How's that Premium Friday urge going?

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Oh here we go again.

This comes up every 3-5 years and NOTHING ever happens.

"It might be a burden to my coworkers"

"Maybe it's troublesome"

"In Japan, this is difficult"

I wish young Japanese fathers would make an example to their infant children, and stand up like a man and take what they deserve. Instead, they just breed another generation of meek shoganai power harassment fodder.

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I agree, "urges" have no meaning if not backed up with legislation.

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Let people actually use their paid leave for any reason. Those that want to use it for paternity leave will do so.

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What about that foreigner that lost his job because he was exercising his legal rights?

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It is the civilized thing to do.

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Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, 38, a potential future prime minister according to some opinion polls,

More self-fulfilling prophecy from the Koizumi managers. How many puff pieces does this guy get a week? And none of them even bother to mention the stultifying effects of nepotism on Japanese politics.

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Make it a strict law funded by infringers paying steep fines,like drivers not stopping on stop lines-simple!

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I think they need to ask the ladies why they aren't having more kids and I doubt parental leave is a big factor. Probably more likely to be child care and high cost and time commitment from parents once kids enter school. Japan will probably figure this out by 2120.

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When it comes to promoting tangible improvement in quality of life and work/life balance, Japan lags badly behind just about all the countries it likes to compare itself with. Japan’s transition away from a barracks room, GDP is everything, economic model, would be expedited if major trading partners tightened the rules to make market access for highly developed economies such as Japan’s conditional upon progress in equalising mandated AND ACTUAL labour conditions.

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At work, no one asks if your family is genki or not.

I was laughed at by other managers for asking a colleague if he was married or not...

What's the thing about paternal leave? It is just needed a few days and it is the long run that counts.

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Derek GrebeToday 08:20 am JST

To be fair, you do need some coordinated action for this to work. Let's face it, only a small minority of people really are "much better" than the competition and can afford to be standouts. Most are in the pack without much to show over their neighbors and then it is impossible to stop bosses from making self-sacrifice the deciding factor.

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Link it to the lump sum rebate couples receive on their birth of their child . . . .. If both parents take a month off, they get it, or something to that effect.

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And everyones hoping that with the granted paternity leave actually being taken, this will have a snowball effect on that other "Pie in the Sky", annual leave.

Imagine being able to take ones allocated 20 paid days annual leave without feeling guilty and selfish for causing so much trouble for others.

And this could even lead to companies granting - dare I mention it - s-s-s-s-sick leave.

What a wonderful society where parents can spend time with their newborns on parental leave, spend time with their kids on yearly holidays and spend time in bed when they're sick.

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A labor law of the nation is referred to as "a pie in the sky"

Oh Japan I love you, but sometimes..?

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Pie in the sky will get made into jam tomorrow.

(Invalid nonsense again)

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Just a load of political jargon to get voter attention. Who remembers the Premium Friday campaign? Nobody, of course! If workers can't get two hours off on the last Friday of the month, how the heck are they gonna get 1-3 months off on paternity leave? It's just never gonna happen.

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@nakanoguy01 Thank you Nakanoguy, thank you. I was just about to say it myself racing to the comment box, when I happened to stumble upon your comment.

I mean geez guys, it really is like some of you just want to Japan to fail, just because what they’re doing it’s not exactly to your liking. And the funny thing is that yesterday, some of my friends were talking about that we need to be positive in this environment of negativity. Now I know exactly what they were talking about because seriously, this is ridiculous.

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More self-fulfilling prophecy from the Koizumi managers. How many puff pieces does this guy get a week? And none of them even bother to mention the stultifying effects of nepotism on Japanese politics.

Agreed. This line made me laugh heartily:

As one of the country's most high-profile politicians breaks new ground for a cabinet minister by taking paternity leave,

It must be nice to be able to ride daddies coattails. Not very solid qualifications, but that shouldn’t be an issue for voters.

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