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Gov't plans to require firms to set paternity leave targets

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will be asked to make efforts to set paternity leave targets but will not be obliged,

In Japan many things are really nice on paper but don't ever try to ask it.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-fathers-paternity-leave-sue-asics-a9105041.html

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In Japan, parents receive 67 percent of their monthly salary through employment insurance for the first six months after taking child care leave and 50 percent afterward, basically until the child turns 1 year old.

I know of one Japanese woman married to a Belgian man. Upon the birth of their only child, she took a year of maternity leave. He simultaneously took a year of paternity leave. According to her, he provided zero assistance raising their daughter during that time off (and even now). How did he spend his paternity leave? Apparently frequenting pubs, spending days at the beach drinking with friends, etc.

All this begs the question, “Is it really necessary for both parents to be off simultaneously for a year?”

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All this begs the question, “Is it really necessary for both parents to be off simultaneously for a year?”

It's their right, perhaps they try to really enjoy before things really hectic for raising a toddler for coming years. That's not for us to judge.

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Stupid objective.

Leaves shall be given when needed, not long time, not right after birth but when needed.

And it is far better if family (women) helps rather than men.

Men are for the long term (when baby cries when he is 1 or or 3 and mama is the already very tired).

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It's their right, perhaps they try to really enjoy before things really hectic for raising a toddler for coming years. That's not for us to judge.

First, I would argue that the first year of raising a child is the most hectic. Second, simultaneous parental leave is not an inalienable right. We in society determine what is best, and adjustments can be made if we feel abuses are common.

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The question that needs to be asked is why 20% of new mother don,t take leave. ? This amazes me. It should be automatic or compulsive for new mother to take leave. Those first few week the mother needs to bond with the child or children for both to have a heathy start to parenting. The same for fathers but it should be a given for the mother to take a minimum of 6 weeks leave. Shame on those companies that allow the new mother back to work after giving birth.

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First, I would argue that the first year of raising a child is the most hectic? It is labour intensive but hectic ? Hectic and mentally wearing in the first years of puberty

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require companies with over 100 employees to set and disclose paternity leave targets

Requiring targets? So in other words, nothing.

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In a survey conducted by the ministry in fiscal 2022 of 1,000 full-time male workers, roughly 620 men said they had never taken paternity leave, of whom 39.9 percent cited concern about decreased income

Precisely why I too may or may not take it because every penny counts, especially when woman are expected to go back to work after 1 year and nursery schools don't pay for themselves.

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Leave it up to the firms.

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Good idea, without public pressure and accountability dirty businesspeople will continue to run amuck = KEY reason Japan's facing this historic population collapse.

Better yet, Govt $incentives for GOOD behavior and BIG $punishment for BAD behavior!!! As, without kids there is no future or market for ANY businesses.

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You don't need paternity leave, didn't need it in the past, don't need it now. Men can't be mothers.

Men need jobs that pay a wage high enough to support a stay at home wife and kids.

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