この記事では、2016年4月24日のBBC Global News Podcast “Merkel visits Trukish migrant camp”から、日本人サラリーマンの育休問題に言及した部分を採りあげます。

“Your kid is not making a penny for company.”

(Anchor) Japanese men are legally entitled to up to 6 months paid leave when they have their children, but harassment from employers and colleagues is so intense and almost none of them do so.
A member of Japanese parliament recently received hundreds of angry messages after he said he was going to take paternity leave.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

(Reporter) At his home in northern Japan, Daihei Goto is cooking dinner. It’s something he does often these days.
Daihei and his wife, Ikuko, has just had their second child, and Ikuko works full time.

Fathers like Daihe, are still rare in Japan. In 2015, the country was ranked 101st out of 145 in gender equality, just above Swaziland.
But even young fathers like Daihei, who do want to pull the weight on home, can find it very hard.

When Ikuko got pregnant with their first child, Daihei decided to apply for a paternity leave, as he was entitled to by law.

(Daihei) The next day, I got a call from my boss. I was summoned to a meeting with the senior management. They asked me, why did I hand in such a request?, what was I thinking?
They didn’t accept it.

(Reporter) Daihei backed down. He would not take a paternity leave. But he still needed to help his wife at home.

(Daihei) One day, my wife was sick and my daughter got sick, too. I needed to stay home to take care of them. I called and asked day-off. My boss said, “You cannot take the day-off, just because your kid is sick. Your kid is not making a penny for company.”

(Reporter) He quit. He took a part-time job instead at a local university.











40 percent want to take, only 2 percent took.

(Reporter) Daihei’s experience is extremely common. And it helps to explain maybe why so few Japanese men take paternity leave.
Have last count 2.3 percent of fathers here took any paternity leave at all. Truth is, most are just too scared.
The story of intimidation and bullying is so common here, they have been given it a name, “Patahara”, paternity harassment.

I’m on my way now to meet another Japanese dad, who is trying to do something to change that.

Shimon Sato is taking his son to school. He is also about to take 3-month paternity leave, following the birth of his second child.

(Shimon) My English is not so good.

(Reporter) It sounds pretty good to me. (laughter)

(Reporter) Shimon works for a British human rights organization. His work there has inspired him to start a support group for other Japanese dads, who are too afraid to take a paternity leave.

(Shimon) 40 percent of Japanese young men want to take a paternity leave, but the result is only 2 percent took a paternity leave.
Most of Japanese men are afraid if they take a paternity leave, there is a big obstacle for their promotion.

(Reporter) At Shimon’s home. I’m introduced to another young father. He doesn’t want me to use his real name.
He works for a Japanese big construction company. He says he constantly harassed because he leaves early each day to collect his kid from school.

(Man) I’m the only male employee who goes home at the same time every day. My boss schedules weekly meetings, that starts after I go home. Then he denounces me saying, “Why do you think you can get away with not coming to the meetings?”











Men still haven’t changed.

(Reporter) A Tokyo Meiji University professor Yuiko Fujita, has been studying the problem of paternity harassment.
She has limited sympathy for Japanese fathers who say they want to do more, but can’t.

(Yuiko) Majority of young male workers gave up taking a paternity leave, because they don’t want to sacrifice their career for their children. If they really want to take it, they can. Men seem to have a chance, but, I think, they still haven’t changed.

(Reporter) Professor Fujita says, the fact that so few Japanese men take paternity leave, or help their wives with child rearing, is having a disastrous effect Japan’s birth rate.

(Yuiko) Because Japanese men continue to work long hours, their wives hesitate to give birth to second child. Many women work full time. At the same time, they need to take care of children alone. It is too hard.

(Reporter) Japan now has the second lowest birth rate in the world, and almost no legal immigration. Unless Japanese men start to change their way soon, this country is going to start disappearing.












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