A Japanese minister is making waves for taking paternity leave

CNN | Jan 16, 2020 at 6:47 AM
  • Hong Kong (CNN Business)Japan’s Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has announced that he will take paternity leave when his first child is born this month, an unusual step in a country where new fathers rarely take time off from work.
  • Generous paternity leave is stipulated by Japanese law, but the country’s work culture means many people still don’t take it up.
  • In a blog published Wednesday, Koizumi pointed to Japan’s declining birth rate as a reason why men should take advantage of the paternity leave allocation.