Tokyo, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)–An increasing number of male national civil servants in Japan are taking child care leave as government agencies have been promoting a change in consciousness among supervisory staff members.
The proportion of male workers at government agencies who took child care leave stood at 8.2 pct in fiscal 2016, which ended in March last year, up 2.7 percentage points from the previous year.
The government has set a goal to lift the proportion of men taking child care leave to 13 pct by 2020 in both the public and private sectors.
“Above all, men, including myself, have to change our ways of thinking,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Dec. 13 at an award ceremony for companies that worked on empowering female employees, stressing the need for men to be more involved in child rearing.
Personnel officers at government agencies heard some civil servants saying there is an atmosphere at their workplaces that makes men hesitate to show their willingness to take child care leave.