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This shouldn't even be news.

21 ( +51 / -30 )

ME thinks that a good sign of change would be if that person was the PM, actually I also think that she would do a better job as well.

9 ( +23 / -14 )

This is great. However, Japan Inc. requires such crazy work hours. Its next to impossible to be a present parent and present employee.

18 ( +30 / -12 )

Good for her, I guess. But that's been done before. It's like the shrinking population news yesterday.... You want change, you got do something else.

13 ( +22 / -9 )

Kindergarten operating hours are from 10-15 or 9-17 

So if your work starts from earlier or later you can work only part time.

Children can be watched at most daycares between 7:00 and 18:00. This allows parents to drop off kids before work, then pick them up on their way home in the evening.

— Daycares In Japan, https://matcha-jp.com/en/10007

15 ( +27 / -12 )

The workplace is loud, unfamiliar, full of viruses and causes stress for the mother and baby.

I mean, yeah, if you work in a factory. Lol I wouldn't exactly describe my office as "loud," though. Besides, it's the 21st century, and women should be allowed to do whatever they want.

13 ( +25 / -12 )

The career woman on the right her face tells you exactly what she is thinking.

-7 ( +12 / -19 )

Kindergarten operating hours are from 10-15 or 9-17

That child is far too young for kindergarten, which educates children from age 3. Newborns to pre-school aged children (basically ages 0 to 6) can be placed in daycare.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Oh my God, a baby in the man cave.

This should not even be a headline, but sadly, in Japan, it is.

2 ( +20 / -18 )

BroncoToday  07:09 am JST

The workplace is loud, unfamiliar, full of viruses and causes stress for the mother and baby.

You write it as a bad thing that it’s full of viruses but how do you think our and the baby’s immune system gets stronger? That’s right, through constant exposure.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

*Children can be watched at most daycares between 7:00 and 18:00. This allows parents to drop off kids before work, then pick them up on their way home in the evening.*

The person who wrote this clearly doesn’t know the reality of working in Japan especially in cities. Probably this person is living in some countryside small town where work finishes on the dot before 6 and the daycare centers are just a few seconds away, or just another childless person making comments without any knowledge! The fact is that in cities in Japan most people are never able to leave office before 6 and it takes an hour or more to commute to the day care center and pick up your child. People without children and without any experience dealing with the hardship faced by parents write idiotic comments like the one quoted above!

1 ( +11 / -10 )

Why shouldn't she? The far right obviously have a problem with this because they hold deeply old fashioned misogynistic views.

See comments above and below, for example.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

As the founder of a bio-tech company, Ms Takahashi would have been able to hire a babysitter while she was away from home speaking on the panel. A grand stand play by a successful business mom with an inflated ego.

-6 ( +14 / -20 )

The person who wrote this clearly doesn’t know the reality of working in Japan especially in cities. Probably this person is living in some countryside small town where work finishes on the dot before 6 and the daycare centers are just a few seconds away, or just another childless person making comments without any knowledge! The fact is that in cities in Japan most people are never able to leave office before 6 and it takes an hour or more to commute to the day care center and pick up your child. People without children and without any experience dealing with the hardship faced by parents write idiotic comments like the one quoted above!

Three children, each placed in daycare from age 1, Tokyo 23 wards, working for traditional Japanese company in business over 130 years

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Wow, look at that face. Someone is trying to make a statement rather than doing this out of necessity. She could easily afford childcare. Jacinda Ardern fan girl much?

0 ( +17 / -17 )

This is all great, but how is it ‘empowering’? The word has just become a media buzzword.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

A couple of years ago, when an assemblywoman brought her baby to the Diet, the Manbabies there complained and attacked her for doing so. This, no matter how small and trivial a gesture, is nevertheless a step in the right direction considering that under Abe severe sexism was allowed to fester leading to the incident above. Kishida is proving he is indeed a step up above Abe which at least is something.

8 ( +15 / -7 )

This is all great, but how is it ‘empowering’? The word has just become a media buzzword.

Exactly. Women who sadly can't afford childcare, generally don't have jobs that allow them to take children to work. Attention-seeking token gestures by privileged individuals won't change a thing sadly. But hey, if likes on her social media makes her feel better about herself...

-2 ( +12 / -14 )

An attention seeking stunt for sure, but good on her having the guts to do it and stand against the conforming pressure holding the country back

-2 ( +12 / -14 )

yeah two things stand out. the expression on her face and how much hair that kid already has at 2 months old.

The first is a good combination of determination and activism and the second is quite impressive

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

And I'll happily apologize for calling it an attention-seeking stunt if someone can confirm she allows parents at her company to bring their babies to work whenever they want.

Can anyone confirm this is the case at Genequest Inc?

0 ( +8 / -8 )

This is great new!

"C'mon, kids. You're all coming to work with daddy, today!"

3 ( +4 / -1 )

In Japan daycare is from 7am to 7pm. Easy to drop of before work and pick up after work.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Personally I dont agree with bringing infants or children to work, it is distracting, not just for the mother/father, but for everyone else in the work place. Many work places aren't designed with the safety of young children in mind. However, I do believe that women should be allowed plenty of time off to look after their young children before being allowed to pick up their career where they left it, with the same opportunities for advancement as their male peers.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

The workplace is loud, unfamiliar, full of viruses 

And daycare is any different? Come on.

From experience day care and elementary school are incubators for colds, flu, Covid-19, Strep Throat and a wide variety of childhood diseases. Oh yeah, and they bring them home to infect mom and dad, which is how I had my second Covid-19 infection.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

of course it then leads to people wanting to bring their pets to work next.

There is always one thing that leads to another that leads to another.

the if/why problem.

If this person can do that, why cant I do this?

never ends. But hey this was just a meeting, not a full work week or anything.

point made, but it doesnt change anything.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Good for her, but the cynic in me just sees a bossy person trying to make a point / inflating her ego. Look at that face, as someone already pointed out!

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

Daycare isn't for very young babies.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

babies should not be in workplace. talk about inflated egos.

what point she is making? having a baby? or everyone should help her? how many moms going to work after dropping kids to KGs etc? she is in prominent position and want to mis-use that position perhaps?

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Hooray for a little bit of HUMAN REALITY poking through the depressing clouds of cultural blindness. Formality is just for fools who, otherwise, don't know how to get along. And having the sound of children behind them might help some government officials to re-evaluate some of their mindlessly brutal policies...

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Wow, look at that face. Someone is trying to make a statement rather than doing this out of necessity. 

I thought all of the faces look a little rediculous in the photo. Japanese (especially women) try to show what they are thinking with a face, especially in serious situations.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Living on an island can real put you back 50 to a 100 years, New Moms in the rest parts of the world bring their new born babies to parliaments, congress, and all sorts of meeting and activities simply because at this baby age they are INSEPRABLE.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Can anyone confirm this is the case at Genequest Inc?

I agree with you there!

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Glad to see women taking the fight for their rights all the way to the top since NO ONE else is doing it.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

My God. She might have been smiling before and after that photo. She could have been gurning. Who knows? The news gatherer probably had to choose between a number of photos to illustrate the story and chose this one because it showed some determination. It may not have looked right in this context and by these selectors if she was smiling and not taking it seriously. That's how it works, folks. Try to get media literate.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

She should work from home and not expose her baby to all those germs floating around from unmasked colleagues.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

The child could easily leak state secrets. Seriously though, it should by no means be unusual to bring a child of that age into the workplace. My son came with me to work (in the US) from age 3 weeks to 3 years old. It's time for Japan to begin seeing this as a normal workplace phenomena.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

So ?......and ?........If she brought a Giraffe to the meeting that would be news....but a baby ??

4 ( +6 / -2 )

So empowering! This tells other women that they can bring their children to work also! I'm gonna have my wife take our 2 year old with her to the lab at work because its empowering!

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

She should work from home and not expose her baby to all those germs floating around from unmasked colleagues.

Our doctors told us to expose our then infant to everything so their immune system would develop properly.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

While I do support the women's movement and equality I think this kind of behaviour is inappropriate. I'm not surprised the baby started crying. I reckon I'd cry too if I had to sit through one of those meetings.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

of course it then leads to people wanting to bring their pets to work next.

There is always one thing that leads to another that leads to another.

the if/why problem.

Well then this will make your head spin ^_^

https://ca.style.yahoo.com/20-companies-let-bring-dog-090000585.html

https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/blog/the-benefits-of-pets-in-the-office/

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Just be a little more human…

3 ( +5 / -2 )

This tells other women that they can bring their children to work also! I'm gonna have my wife take our 2 year old with her to the lab at work because its empowering!

Exactly lol My wife brought all 3 babies to the office(her dad runs). Unfortunately it didn't make National news. We would have loved to earn some extra cash for the photo ops if possible.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Now women everywhere will have lots of babies and take them to work and harmony will reign.

Seriously though, first there would have to be a complete overhaul of the system of employment in Japan and for companies to be legally bound to allow women to bring their bambinos into the office, etc. Oh, and for "black" companies to be forcibly shut down. But it won't happen, will it?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Really impressive how Ms. Takahashi was able to pivot from a career extracting DNA to analyzing it.

Though she ought to be censured for making a mockery of parliamentary affairs.

How are politicians supposed to sleep with a baby making such a racket?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Children can be watched at most daycares between **7:00 and 18:00**. This allows parents to drop off kids before work, then pick them up on their way home in the evening.

The person who wrote this clearly doesn’t know the reality of working in Japan especially in cities. Probably this person is living in some countryside small town where work finishes on the dot before 6 and the daycare centers are just a few seconds away, or just another childless person making comments without any knowledge! The fact is that in cities in Japan most people are never able to leave office before 6 and it takes an hour or more to commute to the day care center and pick up your child. People without children and without any experience dealing with the hardship faced by parents write idiotic comments like the one quoted above!

Serious question that I hope someone can answer here. I personally do not have a child at the moment but look to procreate in the near future hopefully. It is my understanding that the hours for day cares are as mentioned in a comment above, but my question is what do most of you do when you have both spouses working full-time and have a semi-long commute?

For example, in my case my wife and I get up at 6:00 am to leave for work at 6:30 am and are able to arrive 20-30 mins before we start work at 8:00 am. If everything goes well, I get off at 5:00 pm and my wife tends to leave much later. I usually can get home just before 7:00 pm. If I drop off my child near a day care at my house and the hours are as mentioned above, I don't think I can realistically drop off nor pick up my child around that time-frame. How would I go about doing this? Bring my child on my commuting train and drop them off at a daycare near my workplace? Or are day-cares somewhat forgiving if the parent is somewhat late?

Thankfully I can work from home now so many of these problems can be alleviated, but I am genuinely curious on this topic.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Bravo. Omigoto. Well done. Now delete it if it pleases you JT.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

How did Takahashi get to the meeting?

She most likely arrived from somewhere close by taxi-her office is in Minato-ku

The reality of commuting in Tokyo by bus or train is mostly a lengthy crowded commute.

This is not suitable for babies

There is more than a hint of grandstanding by all parties involved

3 ( +7 / -4 )

No problem as long as she's prepared to leave if the baby starts screaming or otherwise seriously disturbs others and, if she does leave, it doesn't make the task at hand more difficult for anyone else. But then, if those hold, is she really necessary in the meeting anyway? Or is this just a me!-me!-me! photo op?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Good move. Baby's cute, though.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Did having the child with her, make her less distracted at work, or more distracted at work?

I feel like that is the bottom line. I'm not arguing on if it should be allowed or not, but she took the kid to work, because she was at work, and if she is at work, she should be working, not looking after a child.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

A publicity stunt?

Or is my cynicism getting the better of me.

Few businesses have the trained staff, nurseries able to provide such facilities even minimum day care?

I wonder if Shoko Takahashi, founder of the Japanese personal genome company Genequest Inc has provided day care/nurseries for Genequest Inc workforce or even allow staff to bring there babies into the office.

Action not photo opportunities.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

The “progressives” think its progress. Obviously a few more babies in the chamber would start to create major distractions. The govt is bad enough already without making things more difficult.

plus, bad vibes! I wouldnt surround a baby with the atmosphere from those assorted crooks and charlatons.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Everyone complaining about a baby being there yet it is probably the only one in that room who will be directly affected by the discussions.

I'm more bothered by the 20-years too old guy to her right who has probably attended every meeting for the last 200 years without contributing anything. That is the real problem in the room.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

This is a provocative stunt likely to antagonize people as much as get them support.

The baby is two months old. The mother (or father) should be on parental leave. It is not vital to spend your entire life working to the detriment of your new born. Two months old! Every parent with a Japanese spouse will know this, but the average Japanese grandmother will frown if you try to take your baby outside within the first month. "It will die of cold!" she will say. You do not get older women, far more of whom vote in elections than young women, on side by doing this.

One of Japan's largest problems is low labour productivity, partly due to meetings dragging on. You do not shorten meetings or make the workplace operate more smoothly by introducing two month old babies. The inability of Japanese companies to deal with maternity is the same inability to let workers take their legally stipulated days off, to let them take study breaks, help the family breaks, mental health breaks etc. Making it easier for mothers (its almost always the mother) to work with a two month old kid just reinforces the idea that you are a corporate slave. You must take no time off ever. Holidays means sitting in a traffic jam on a shukujitsu. People working as slaves have low motivation, again feeding into low labour productivity.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Of course they should have a feeding place, a nursery and kindergarten for toddlers so that all the elected lawmakers and invited guests , including those mothers like in this case, can do their governmental work uninterrupted and concentrated on the topics. And of course, however naturally or wished for, but there shouldn’t be babies in parliamentary sessions, because you guess it, a baby isn’t an elected parliamentarian. The next ones bring then grandparents , friends or anyone else from the street to make it fair and balanced? That’s not working. In that case babies should be in a room nearby or also better at home. But in this case here, a two month old baby, even a bit crying in a meeting? That’s not good for anyone involved. That rare little treasure surely belongs into a cozy little bed at home, attended and taken care of by the mother herself or if she has a short meeting like this , then by the father, other family members or a nursing housemaid etc.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

I agree with Bronco, on all but one point.

Either work or stay at home. If you choose work, do it properly.

Looking after a baby IS work. You just don’t get paid in money for doing it.

And whichever type of work you choose - earning money or raising Junior - do it properly.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Japan like all G what ever counties needed, no yearns for affordable child care. So Mothers can be free, if they choose to return to there careers.

Strapping a 2 year old when carrying out meeting or duties around a conference table is nothing more than spurious political posturing.

This is a ridiculous shameful charade, If Shoko Takahashi wanted to send out a clear message then promote a more practical methodology, funded baby care creche facilities for working Mothers.

What next nappy changing on a conference table.?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

What a daring act, what a brave woman!

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

This photo just makes me think that the guy on the left must really struggle to fold towels

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Sorry that is two months old....strapping a 2 year old in such a fashion would look strange to say the least.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

With all the hot air in that room it might have been sleep inducing for the bub.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The baby is two months old. The mother (or father) should be on parental leave. It is not vital to spend your entire life working to the detriment of your new born. 

That is an excellent point

1 ( +5 / -4 )

@Larr Flint

Thank you good sir for your kind answer! I will take those into account when the time has come!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Did anyone else notice "The NORTH Face" (aside from other faces) baby bag ?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I fail to understand her reasoning behind this. Yes I understand the fact that maternal leave is rather short here, but there are daycares that would take your baby and care for them whist you head back in the workforce. If a daycare couldn't be found in time, babysitters would work just as well, a grandparent if willing and able would be best. There are options. Could you imagine if a policewoman, a policeman, dentist, surgeon, vet or a bus driver/taxi driver did this, how fast would it get shut down? I tried, I read through the comments and I can't find a logical purpose of this publicity stunt.

If this is the new trend, then all the power to the women and those involved. But just watch how quickly things will turn, but not in your favour.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

That baby sling costs about 45,000 yen.

She can't afford daycare?

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Even the baby isn't wearing a mask. A week ago it would have raised many comments.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

The kid is going to be a rock climber when it grows up.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Larr Flint

Today 06:56 am JST

This actually should be the news.

> If you have a kid you would understand.

> Kindergarten operating hours are from 10-15 or 9-17

I was a single father, public daycare starts at 7:00 until 19:00 last pickup, after hours care is available, yes it is not free but someonevun her position can afford it especially if her partner is also working.

Sorry I wouldn't have ever dragged my children to my job site!

In primary school public after school care is also available, until 18:00 or 19:00 depending on the city/ward.

This is still the case as my daughter's friend's that have children and word are all using these facilities.

This was a stunt plain and simple.

You want children it is your responsibility to understand that doing so comes with a large number of disadvantages in doing so.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

The secretariat received consultation in advance from Takahashi and prepared a place for her to breastfeed, although she did not actually use it.

As an extra note.

Despite a not so friendly divorce, my ex wife in a high business position agreed to provide the breast milk which she pumped and froze for me to use in a bottle.

Amazing modern conveniences, this was 25 years ago and things are far more advanced today

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Come on ladies, we all have to work but there're nursery schools we can depend on. Yari sugi da yo!

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Everytime I see something like this and read all those that claim they can't find daycare or working and having children needs more and more support, I ask how did I survive as a single father?

I mean if half of what the dual parenting people/families claim, I must conclude that today public daycare is no longer available, public after school care is no longer around, etc...

Or is it today's children are different and need special feeding, special attention, special bubble wrap, etc...

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

We should have many these opportunities, to promote female working.

But sometimes, there shouldn't be to come the place, like a conversion of secret things.

depends on time and situations still.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Yes but let's face it, this isn't going to work for the other 99% of working mum's is it.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

That baby sling costs about 45,000 yen.

She can't afford daycare?

Come on, you know that she is hip and progressive. She probably got it on Mercari for half the price lol

Speaking of which, whatever happened to that lawmaker aka the pioneer in bringing babies to meetings? I remember she made huge headlines also chewing gum at the meetings as well.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

That baby sling costs about 45,000 yen.

I've found something similar for 24,000 yen but still, yes, it's TNF. I thought we were ripped off for paying 9000 for an Ergo Baby one. The most effective sling we had for getting our children to sleep was shoulder sling my wife made from from 3m of cloth and two stainless steel rings. The maternity clinic gave her instructions and it took about an hour to sew.

fwiw, the child seats that go in cars are the same. The posh expensive ones are simply expensive and have not done anything special in actual tests. Save your money.

If we are allowed cheap shots at the woman, mine would be about wearing makeup and promoting the idea that a mother of a newborn should look immaculate with lots of foundation and trimmed eyebrows. Expectations on appearance are a form of oppression and affect people of all ages, especially women.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Was it the PM’ pr team’s idea?

to show how amazingly understanding his environment is...

the woman may even been pressured to bring the baby

i really cant make myself into not condemning such a pr campaign...

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Genequest. DNA testing. Buy a DNA kit. ¥32,780 (tax included).

.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Vreth

Today 03:49 pm JST

@Antiquesaving

> Some people want to spend more time with their children, rather than dump them in the care of strangers for 12+ every day.

That is their choice, and their problem not employer or mine

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Dr. Shoko Takahashi.

https://www.facebook.com/JapanGov/videos/meet-dr-shoko-takahashi-founder-ceo-of-biotech-startup-genequest-one-of-japanese/1279811872166737/

https://www.grips.ac.jp/en/events/20210517-7170/

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Dr. Shoko Takahashi is a great achiever with a Master's Degree and Ph.D.

Asia’s Rising Scientists: Shoko Takahashi

https://www.asianscientist.com/2019/01/features/asias-rising-scientists-shoko-takahashi/

Bringing her baby was never a problem and she was considerate enough to check before arriving.

"The secretariat received consultation in advance from Takahashi and prepared a place for her to breastfeed, although she did not actually use it."

2 ( +4 / -2 )

You didn’t impress me, Shoko Takahashi, member of a government panel and founder of the Japanese personal genome company Genequest Inc.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

As someone who has actually birthed and breastfed a child in this country, it can be difficult to leave a two month old for more than two or three hours. They need to be breastfed constantly so it's easier to just carry them around all day then put them in care. Sometimes the baby won't even fee from a bottle, so it's hard to pit them in childcare, not to mention that a tone of daycares won't even take a child before they're six months old.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

   That is their choice, and their problem not employer or mine

> And this attitude is what has lead us to the declining population problem.

And the panel to promote women's empowerment.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Dr. Shoko Takahashi is a great achiever with a Master's Degree and Ph.D.

Indeed very impressive.

The question still remains what does Dr. Shoko Takahashi display of Mother and baby photo call truly accomplish?

Child care, nursery placements for struggling families remains stagnant.

Women's empowerment must account more than just stage managed photo fakery.

It requires the political will to affect change bottom up.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Vreth

Today 04:38 pm JST

That is their choice, and their problem not employer or mine

> And this attitude is what has lead us to the declining population problem

Here is a better idea, you want children then the parents need to do their jobs!

If that means 2 working and sharing house work, child care then they need to think before having children , if they choose to have children without a partner or with a partner unwilling to share duties, then that is their problem their choose.

Why should I pay? Why shoukd employers pay?

You still haven't given a reason why we should pay, birth rate down has nothing to do with this, the fact Young people aren't even interested in getting married or long term relationships is and a recent article on JT pointed that out.

I had my 2 my ex wife realized she was not interested in caring for children or being married.

Fine I did my duty, I took my responsibility even if she wasn't willing to take hers.

I did not say it was my neighbour's responsibility to help, I did not say it was government's job to pay.

Today's youth expect everything to be easy and if it isn't they will demand that everyone else change to make their choice easy.

This is the result of the"everyone is a winner" " no score soccer" " participation trophies for everyone"

If they want free everything or for my taxes to pay, then first reimburse me for all the years I paid for my 2 with interest.

I already paid a lot for my kids I am still clearing the ¥ 6 million in university fees, now they want me to pay again for someone else's kids!

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Blacklabel

of course it then leads to people wanting to bring their pets to work next.

So? That's a good thing. It's already common in the US, at least in the tech sector. It may be allowed in the Japan offices of US tech companies, as well. I haven't checked. I wouldn't be surprised, if it was.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

I don't have any children in Japan but my taxes are also used to provide education to children and even students at universities.

The tax system isn't equal and fair where we only pay for what we receive and if that was the case we would have to pay so much more.

Dr. Shoko Takahashi is just one person on the government panel. There is nothing in the article about what she and the other members might be seeking except to promote women's empowerment. Whatever that might be.

We know nothing about the arrangements Dr. Shoko Takahashi has for caring for her child.

Many posters are jumping the gun and making all kinds of wrongful conclusions.

I don't see any comments in the article that Dr. Shoko Takahashi had demanded a single item like childcare.

Given her position, I would assume she does not require any financial aid for her childcare.

We don't why she had to take her child to the meeting.

Did she request the media photo?

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Her husband is going to be sleeping in the doghouse for awhile.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

How about loving and caring father? Also, as you mentioned a place with bacteria and viruses, let's talk about preschools. Every parent knows unless it's one of those absent, conveniently "overworked" fathers who has even no idea where his kid's preschool is located.

BroncoToday  07:09 am JST

The best place for the baby to be is at home, in a comfortable environment with a loving and caring mother.

The workplace is loud, unfamiliar, full of viruses and causes stress for the mother and baby.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

At first I thought it a good idea. But the baby would need constant attention. How is the mother to concentrate on her work she is paid for when she has to keep a constant eye on her baby? And watching for the baby wetting her naps and changing the baby's naps? The mother has no place at her ofice. Her place is at home with the baby!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Seems she is being "productive", unlike the men in the room.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Babies have no place in the workplace and at that age the mother should not be working but taking time away to care for it properly. She’s loaded and I think this is all for attention, she probably has a nanny at home, cook. gardener etc. It’s a scam and a sham like most things these days, lol

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Such a self-serving, elitist mobe.

Like bringing a baby onto a plane, and even worse, into business or first class.

Sure, there might be some condescending smiles at first, but as soon as there is an "accident" or the baby starts shrieking endlessly, then the reality sets in.

This is no place to bring an infant.

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Progressives: OmG u go grrrrrrrl. AwEsOmE! YeAH!

Sensible people: A child should be nurtured at home in a calm and proper environment, and given proper love, care, and attention. Out of respect to colleagues, and for the sake of the baby, a political office environment with commotion, loud noises, people speaking through microphones, and overstimulation is not the place to raise a child.

Progressives: REEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

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If anyone wants the best reason to not have children at work.

Just go on YouTube, search children home office, children working from home or combinations of these and afee other search parameters.

Watch how things get out of hand, babies crying during zoom meetings children bursting in during live broadcasts board meetings, etc..pure chaos.

My wife's coworker is constantly distracted as they work from home zoom meetings stopped because the coworker has to attend to her 3 young children suddenly.

In the end my wife ends up having to pickup the slack because if not things don't get done on time.

The CEO asked why my wife is constantly having to spend 10 hours or more a week doing overtime work the reply was simple "because baby lady cannot finish her work and care for her kids at home"

The solution? Well hire a haken (outsourced worker) to help Costing the company more and reducing raises to others.

No they cannot fire her because the SJW would trash the company on social revenge media.

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Sorry that is two months old....strapping a 2 year old in such a fashion would look strange to say the least.

Extremely common where I live. Some women find it more comfortable than having the child on their back.

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Reading all the above comments is depressing. Women are really looked down upon in Japan is the conclusion I draw from the bulk of the above comments.

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Stupid and so wrong. Being a worker of the Japan government and the baby is 2 months This is what maternity leave is actually for. The government have a policy that men and women must take their maternity leave. This was only the news last week on how to get men to use their entitled leave. If the mother refusing to take her entitlement of maternity leave, Why even have it. What a stupid self centred women. What is she trying to prove ?? How stupid she is. I will just break the baby routine for my own selfish needs while I am on maternity leave ?????

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There are many hundreds of government panels that invite people with expertise and skills to join. They are not government employees and usually partake in their own costs. They would normally have their own employment.

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Desert Tortoise, I frankly had no idea this is the case.

I do not have children or am considering marriage.

From my own perspective, my friends, colleagues, family, transport there children on wheeled child carriers or adapted bicycles.

I have been blindsided by the photo, what does women empowerment mean to me.

I am driven by business, I want to my business to thrive, so I require the most talented and yes ambitious workforce.

I know from experience as a business women, that my companies future success will depended on the skill and intellectual innovational achievements from every facet of society, past present future regardless of gender.

At present women do not feel empowered to play what is becoming a more crucial/critical role both politically and economically.

I have have a inkling past cultural beliefs are to blame or at the very least negatively catching up with he present

Through early/middle schooling attitudes could be changed.

Also the present meaning of advancement review reward promotion has to fundamentally change to a fair proven system of merit from a time served next in line scenario.

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So the woman has her child in a ¥45,000 child carrier and is wearing a ¥120,000 Apple watch.

WOW talk about entitled!

When I was raising me 2 on my own I had a ¥5,000 stroller and a ¥5,000 baby carrier bother Japanese maker Combi's cheapest models.

¥165,000 for a fancy brand gadget watch and brand Carrier, I didn't have, I had daycare bills to pay and food to buy.

Lady if you can waste money on luxury brands, you don't need my tax money!

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Where does it say in the article Dr. Shoko Takahashi is seeking any financial entitlements? Well, it does not. What she spent her income on is her business and no one else. Apple Watch, Northface baby sling. She works for her income and pays income tax.

What size apartment does she live in or what type of car does she drive? Well, no one's business.

She freely gives her time, like many hundreds of others on a government panel.

Some would prefer everyone is reduced to the common denominator. They call that communism.

Dr. Shoko Takahashi studied at university, obtained her master's and Ph.D., and started a company which in Japan is never easy for women to achieve.

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"Entitlements" always come with mean testing.

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Antiquesaving

So the woman has her child in a ¥45,000 child carrier and is wearing a ¥120,000 Apple watch.

WOW talk about entitled!

She's entitled to buy stuff with her money, if that's what you mean.

When I was raising me 2 on my own I had a ¥5,000 stroller and a ¥5,000 baby carrier bother Japanese maker Combi's cheapest models.

Sounds rough. I had a tough time financially when my kids were growing up, as well. Fortunately, things worked out.

Lady if you can waste money on luxury brands, you don't need my tax money!

A. It's not a waste of money, if she can afford it.

B. Apple and North Face are not exactly "luxury" brands. You're thinking of Gucci, Hermes, Coach, etc.

C. Where does it say she is seeking tax money? She's on an industry panel advising the government, which is typically voluntary.

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garypen

Today 09:24 pm JST

A. It's not a waste of money, if she can afford

I agree!

But she is making a scene for child care etc...

If she has to Money for that stuff she doesn't need tax payer to pay for her kid

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Antiquesaving

   garypen

>    Today 09:24 pm JST

>    A. It's not a waste of money, if she can afford

> I agree!

> But she is making a scene for child care etc...

> If she has to Money for that stuff she doesn't need tax payer to pay for her kid

There is no mention in the article about child care. The government panel is about promoting women's empowerment. Your observation seems unfounded.

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Dr. Shoko Takahashi is on a panel to promote women's empowerment. Her interest in other women and not herself. She has already achieved great success in her chosen career and business.

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Dr. Shoko Takahashi is on a panel to promote women's empowerment. Her interest in other women and not herself. She has already achieved great success in her chosen career and business.

This article is about a woman bringing a baby to work, not about someone's resume.

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This article is about a woman bringing a baby to work, not about someone's resume.

And no mention of Apple Watches, baby slings, and personal entitlements.

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And no mention of Apple Watches, baby slings, and personal entitlements.

Wrong again,

Later in the day, Takahashi told reporters while carrying her **baby in a sling,**

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Well done!!!

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Yes, well done!

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This is a start lets just see how far it goes. If the government want women to have children they have to also welcome them. Not having her in the meeting with her child would have sent a different message.

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