Japan will help shy men take maternity leave

1 week ago

Authorities in Japan will help men go on maternity leave more often.

The country’s parliament will adopt amendments that will simplify this procedure for men. Now employers when hiring will be required to find out from the employee whether he will go on maternity leave in case of childbirth. They will also have to encourage men to take at least four weeks of maternity leave.

In Japan, only 7% of men exercise their right to take maternity leave. Meanwhile, among women, 83% use their right to maternity leave.

As it turns out, most men are simply embarrassed to declare their wish to their bosses. The authorities of the country are trying to change this.