The other day, the 38-year-old Minister of the Environment of Japan, Shinjiro Koizumi, announced his intention to soon take parental leave. The politician plans to go on decree in January – the first-born of Sindiro and his wife, TV presenter Kurishuteru Takigawa, should be born in the coming weeks.
Shinjiro Koizumi announced his desire to take parental leave at a meeting at the ministry. Thus, the politician has already entered the history of the country as the first male minister to go on maternity leave. The minister admitted that the decision to combine work with caring for a newborn was not so easy for him.
In total, Shinjiro plans to take about two weeks of vacation – these days Koizumi will distribute during the first three months of his first-born life. Koizumi specified that he does not plan to completely abandon current affairs and, if possible, will resolve the necessary issues remotely. 14 days is a relatively relatively short period, but for Japan, a country where people rarely relax and rarely take long holidays, this is real nonsense.
Shinjiro Koizumi's decision caused a wide public outcry. Despite the legal right to take parental leave, only 6 percent of men take this opportunity in the country. Many attribute this to pressure from employers and society.
Shinjiro Koizumi with his wife Kurishuteru Takigawa
An official spokesman for the government, in contrast, expressed support for Shinjiro Koizumi. The Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, also sided with the politician – he expressed the hope that the Minister of the Environment would set a positive example for his compatriots.
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