Japanese government revises paternity leave to favor leave
The government encourages men to take paternity leave, but this practice is not common in Japan, which suffers from a falling birth rate.
The Japanese government has drafted a review of the country’s paternity leave regulation law to encourage more men to take childbirth leave, according to NHK World.
According to the revised draft, male employees could take four weeks of leave within eight weeks of the birth of their child.
The country’s regulations on paternity leave currently require fathers to apply for the leave one month in advance, while the revised measure would reduce it to two weeks in advance. Employees could also divide the leave into two periods.
The government has encouraged men in the workforce to take paternity leave, but the practice is not common in Japan, which suffers from a falling birth rate.
The bill revised by the government would oblige companies to inform their employees of the measures. Large companies will also need to disclose the number of their employees who take paternity leave.
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The government aims to increase the proportion of men taking paternity leave to 30% by 2025, from 7.48% in the fiscal year ending March 2020.
In fiscal 2019, 16.4% of eligible central government men took parental leave in Japan, an increase of 4 percentage points from the previous fiscal year ending March 2019, Taro said. Kono, Minister responsible for administrative and regulatory reform.