Japan Aims for One-Month Paternity Leave for Male Govt Workers

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan aims to ensure that all male central government employees can take paternity leave of at least one month, public servant system reform minister Ryota Takeda said Friday.

The Cabinet Bureau of Personnel Affairs will consider concrete measures to encourage male national public servants to take long paternity leave, in order to put them into effect in fiscal 2020.

The central government hopes that its move will help spread the practice of taking long paternity leave among workers at local governments and private companies.

Also on Friday, the government said that 12.4 pct of eligible male national public servants took paternity leave in fiscal 2018, including Self-Defense Forces members and other special-service employees.

The proportion rose 2.4 percentage points from the previous year to a record high. But it is still short of the government's target of 13 pct.

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