40 Pct of Japanese Workers See None Taking Paternity Leave

Politics

Tokyo, July 13 (Jiji Press)--To the knowledge of more than 40 pct of Japanese workers, no fathers at their workplaces have taken child care leave, according to a Jiji Press opinion survey in June.

Among respondents with jobs, 31.5 pct, the largest share, said that paternal leave systems are in place at workplace but that the atmosphere does not encourage the use of such leave.

They were followed by 27.2 pct who said there is no such supportive system at workplace and 17.1 pct who said they do not have access to such system as they are self-employed or freelancers.

Those who said child care leave systems have been established at workplace and they are easy to use for men accounted for 13.9 pct.

Asked about the length of paternity leave used by their colleagues, the biggest group of those who have such leave system at workplace, at 42.3 pct, said no one have taken leave to their knowledge.

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