Japan introduces paternity leave for fathers
Spare a thought for the women of Japan. Dads there spend less time on childcare and housework than their counterparts in any other developed country, according to this story in Reuters.
However, under a revised Childcare and Family Care Leave Law, taking effect tomorrow, fathers in Japan will be allowed to take more time off to look after their children.
Employers will also have to allow staff with children under three to work a shorter (six hour) day and, in some cases, fathers will be exempt from working overtime.
According to a government survey, as many as a third of fathers in Japan would like to take paternity leave but currently only one per cent do so because they fear it will impact badly on their career.