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A Japanese minister sparked shock by taking 2 weeks of paternity leave, highlighting the country's toxic overwork culture

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Japanese Environmental Minister Shinjiro Koizumi announced he is taking two weeks of paternity leave when his child is born in a few weeks.
Koizumi said those two weeks would be spread across the first three months of his child's life, and that he would continue various public commitments like attending parliament, he said.
Though Japan officially allows fathers to take up to 52 weeks of paternity leave, only 6% of them take it off, creating and continuing the country's toxic overwork culture .
Koizumi said he wants to encourage more men to take time off, and that one day "we will have a...
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