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  1. Equality is a two way street whether in the workplace or home life. How this is viewed by others is irrelevent.
    This above all, to thine own self be true.

  2. I've never been able to see why people from outside of the country defend all aspects of Japanese culture. There's a lot to love, but there's also a lot to dislike, and the borderline slavery that happens in the workplace, to the point where collapsing on the streets due to exhaustion is considered a medal of honor, is unacceptable in a developed country.

  3. Fathers should take more time off to rais their children. I think 3 months is a good number for men to take off to help rais their new born children. However, I don't think we should worry about birth rates dropping around the world. The world is already over populated. There will be short term financial hurdles to face unil the older generation dies, but only short term.

  4. Please for the love of god make these real deep dives. This is all just surface level knowledge, I love this channel and I want it to grow but it wont with quick 5 minutes videos.

  5. unfortunately japans issues are systemic and revolve around there culture of the honor system. It might not be law now but even as your story shows even if you follow the laws put in place workplaces will still fire you for not following the honor systems expected. it leads to major problems in japan and is leading to the highest suicide rates in a developed country, and this declining birth rate.

  6. I feel that Japan as a culture is either currently experiencing a burnout or it will or soon from the workaholic nature that is there.

  7. I'm a father, and I think this is is a ridiculous concept. Unless the extremely rare situation occurs where the father is given sole custody of a new born child (i.e. mother passed during child birth or mother immediately loses custody due to incarceration or deemed unfit as a parent by a court.), the father should not be given paid paternity leave. With one parent at home, the household needs to have sufficient income and not be a hassle unto others to have to support them. If this hasn't been a concept that has proven to have work for thousands of years, then, and only then,should this be brought up as a conversation. Now if the paternity leave is an unpaid thing just to make sure a father doesn't lose their job if they choose to take advantage of the optional leave for a few months, okay, no big deal. When you start saying paid, that's the problem.

  8. This "most progressive laws in the developed world" is only true if you do not count many European countries as developed world. 3 years with financial support and job guarantees is common I Germany and many other countries. I liked this channel for their long, deep videos that did not come too often to dilute the content by mass production. With the start of the new year xiz guys suddenly started darting out short blah blah videos with trending hashags. That's not good. Revert to the old style please.

  9. I think Koizumi taking any kind of maternity leave is a huge step; even though it's a couple weeks, even though its spread out over several months, the fact that he is voluntarily taking time away from work is a big deal. He's right in that more and more men will need to take time off in this way for a movement to start, but I think it's a single step that will be the start of something worthwhile. Japan's culture of overwork is a whole topic on its own, and changing that in any way will be a titanic effort.

  10. This seems insane to me. My partner and I are expecting our first child in 9 weeks. My husband is the head of the IT department at a University and he is still taking 2 and a half months off once bub is born.

  11. I've lived in Japan for 30 years. For most of this time I've had a job that requires me to call students at home on a weekly basis. Back in the 90's, I used to dread the rare occasion fathers would answer the phone. They were gruff and clueless. Some would just hang up. One yelled at me. Almost all would just grunt or say nothing and hand the phone to the wife. There has been a shift. I can't say when exactly. Nowadays way more fathers answer the phone and across the board they are friendly and bright. They know exactly what is going on and go get the kids themselves. The Sunday Papa thing was real. But now you can see dads around fairly often taking care of kids; carrying them, laughing, playing while like shopping. So I can definitely say fathers are more involved now. I can't say much about paternity leave, but my wife did get a full year of paid maternity leave no problem. I can also say the family structure here is a bit different from the US. New mothers aren't generally left completely on their own. My wife was in the hospital a full week for a normal child birth. It's common for a mother to go stay with her parents (her mother really) when a child is born. My brother-in-law lives next door to grandma. The family in the house across from us have two generations; grandparents live on the top.

  12. I think these Rouge Rocket dives are too short! It genuinely feels like we aren't getting a full picture. It's my opinion, I could be wrong

  13. Change is granular. The people who broke ground were the men who took time off and sued their employer. Koizumi is certainly an exclamation point on the bid for paternal leave, though.

  14. Love seeing men taking parental leave. Will this change anything? Immediately no. But all positive changes starts somewhere, and this is it.

  15. Living in Japan and seeing how stuff blew up when Koizumi announced this, I couldn't do anything but applause him. I wish he would take longer leave to make a point, but when changing standards I guess you can't go to the extremes immediately.
    I get the impression of that the younger generation (those who are 30-40 today) here in Japan are very open for this kind of change, but the people at the top are still living by the old rules and that's why clashes happens. It's very sad and frustrating but also understandable. People are scared of change.
    But, change like this is needed. Koizumi alone probably can't change everything but because he's such a big, public figure I hope that him taking leave is the start of something that eventually will make things better. More humane, even.

  16. Great, now how about not allowing kids to be abducted and not locking up parents in inhumane conditions who are only trying to contact their abducted kids. You're supposed to be a first world country.

  17. Men should have parental leave, but trying to spur the birth rate is stupid. There are far more reasons to NOT have children than there are to have them with the current geopolitical/environmental climate. If your economic system is built on infinite population growth, your model is fundamentally unsustainable and therefore a terrible nation-planning idea. Give parental leave to all so that every parent can contribute equally, but do not coerce the population into breeding the next generation of consumers. They're unlikely to die natural deaths at this point.

  18. Having a strong work ethic and dedication to a job is a great thing, but it sounds like the work culture in Japan is toxic in this regard. Employers want dedicated employees who work hard and are reliable, of course. But there needs to be work/life balance. If employees feel shame and guilt in taking just a few days off to attend to family matters then there is a serious problem.

  19. We have had a year paid maternity leave for years. The time can be taken by the mother or father or shared between the two. So mom could take 6 months and dad the other 6 or 3 & 9 or what ever but they only switch once.

  20. This is a start in the right direction but I think things will have to get worse before they get better. Only when the gravity of the situation really hits the ones who can affect change will wide-scale change happen. I'm guessing more of the population will have to die of old age with no replacements or elderly company bosses will have to wonder why company growth has stagnated before people think about having more babies again.

  21. Major cultural shifts always start with one voice, but only pick up speed with a rise of like-minded voices chipping in. In all honesty, Japan better get to it or else They're gonna have to start easing up on immigration…

  22. Japan's rigid cooperate our work culture controls too much of an individual's personal life. Not only do people overwork but people must go drinking, karaoke, etc with their bosses afterwards, then start the day over again. Women are also culturally bound to the domestic sphere as well, they cannot enter the work force as a permanent worker as easily as a man can because companies demand or require so much work from their employees on top of housework or child rearing. The concept of" you work in order to live" is backwards and instead " you live to work". I'm not an expert but this was the impression I got having lived there for a year and from my peers there. Cultural values and stigma doesn't change over night. I believe it would beneficial to somehow strike a balance to alleviate pressure for "salarymen" and more work friendly to women. And for immediate problem of the gap between the working class and the aging population is of course to allow immigrants with work permits.

  23. The "low birth rate crisis" in japan is a crisis entirely of its own making. Its totally avoidable, but conservative, racist old men in power refuse to adapt. Either stop mistreating and abusing your employees and stop being incredibly sexist, or allow immigration and stop being so horribly zenophobic. Its an incredibly easy fix and I have no sympathy whatsoever for what befalls Japan in the future as they continue to fail to try to fix any of this in a meaningful way.

  24. The problem isn't only the stigma against parental leave, it's the work culture of this country. I work in Japan. I work 7days a week. Never home before 8pm(and that's on my early days). When I tell Japanese people this, they praise me. Working laws have to change and be inforced. Because even if there are laws…people are still too afraid to change their ways.

  25. In Germany the woman can take 2 years or woman and men take each 1 year off. Easy spoken. I heard that something changed a little bit but basically it still is some kind like that.
    I don't think that it will change the whole country through one men but it's a start to talk about it more openly and future generations will perhaps bring the change.

  26. He opened the doors. With any social issue, it will first get worse before it gets accepted.
    And with his particular partial leave: I support it. You can't step out of the spotlight for too long as a politician or leave the function of leader empty for too long. He's one of the few cases where I think a partial leave is better than a full leave.

  27. I respect Koizumi. I have lived in Japan for the last five years and am married to a Japanese man. I've become frustrated with this idea of people, men in particular, slaving at work. My husband wakes up around 6:30AM, works overtime for free (as most Japanese people are expected to do), and doesn't come home until on average around 7:30PM. I know many people who don't take days off because of the fear of retaliation, but also this idea that they will be a burden amongst their coworkers. My husband's company is small, and everyone is fond of him since he was able to build great relationships in the beginning, but he is still very unwilling to take days off regardless because he knows how understaffed his company always is. I try to argue that it's the company's fault and problem for being the way it is, but he still can't change his mindset, regardless of him understanding that…Japan can be such a wonderful country for so many reasons, but the overworking and lack of compensation (free overtime, unable to use days off, etc.) can be a very dark park.

  28. As someone who doesn't have kids and don't plan on it, can I take "marriage" leave? I'd love an extra few weeks off to just hang out with my wife apart from our regular vacations. That would be awesome

  29. I believe he's become a symbol for that cultural shift, and will be viewed as an important part of a slow change to come.

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