Japan pushes for higher take-up of paternity leave
Close to 14% of workers in Japan took paternity leave last year, marking an increase of 1.32 percentage points year-on-year and was the highest ratio ever, according to the latest labour ministry data. However, the figure still falls short of the government’s aim of raising the ratio to 30% by 2025.
On the other hand, 85.1% of women who gave birth took childcare leave, registering an increase of 3.5 percentage points year-on-year.
Women also took longer time off, with 80.2% of those who took childcare leave doing so for 10 months or more. In comparison, 26.5% of men who took time off after their child was born took five to 14 days off, followed by 25%, who took less than five days off.
To further increase the ratio of employees taking paternity leave, small and mid-sized firms are key in encouraging their workers to take up such leave, said labour ministry officials, reports The Japan Times.
Starting this October, fathers in Japan can take up to four weeks of paternity leave, within eight weeks of a child’s birth, and can also divide the leave into two periods.