Why everyone in Japan is talking about this dad – BBC News


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Why everyone in Japan is talking about this dad - BBC News



Japan’s environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi is raising eyebrows by taking time off to take care of his newborn son.

It’s not only because he is the first minister and MP to do so, but also because very few dads in Japan actually take paternity leave. The BBC’s Mariko Oi explains why.

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  1. Unpopular opinion: No, he shouldn't be doing this. He's a minister, a job that is extremely hard to replace, that so much of hte ocuntry depends on, being paid in public money. Taking paternity leave while his wife could be doing it instead is unprofessional, unnecessary, and inconvenient for the whole country.

  2. I always hate when politician says the young are too inexperience. Dude your era barely have radio and our era have the whole world connected you cant see what we see. You cant even see what the next 3 years gonna be, that's how fast we are moving

  3. Father should be given paternity leave like working 3 days or 4 days a week for 1 year so fathers could take care of their new born children. That will be good not only for his family and children but for society as well.

  4. They say women fall behind when they take maternity leave. So they are trying to force men to take paternity leave to even the playing field. So you want both genders to fall behind… This is people succumbing to women's idea of "fairness". Complete bullshit.

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