- Shinjiro Koizumi, an environment minister in Japan, has said he would take two weeks off work to be with his child
- The minister's interest to go on leave has sparked debates in the country as only a few men are known to stop work when they have a child
- Koizumi said he would conduct necessary work activities through emails and video conferencing during his absence from office
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Shinjiro Koizumi, a Japan’s environment minister, is planning to take two-week paternity leave, a decision that has been rocking the country’s headlines.
The minister said he wants to take the leave so he could be in his child’s life the first month the baby is born, BBC News reports.
It should be noted that this will be the first time a cabinet minister in the country will be taking that kind of leave.
Though both men and women, according to the country’s law, can take up to a year off work when their child is born, only 6% did so in 2018 when compared to 82% of women.
"I intend to take a total of two weeks of paternity leave in the three months after childbirth, during which the mother bears the heaviest burden, on the condition that I prioritise my official duties and thorough crisis management, as I have done," the minister said.
On how he plans to manage his work, he said he will do more emails and video calls and ask his deputies to represent him when it is really necessary.
Koizumi, however, said he would not be absent from “important public activities” like attending parliamentary sessions.
The minister complained about how the Japanese society is very rigid and has been on him since he said he would contemplate taking paternity leave.
"Japan is rigid and outdated because society is caught up with fussing over pros and cons simply because I said I would consider [it],” he said.
In other news, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that American media executive and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey had denied helping Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on leaving their posts as senior members of the royal family.
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Winfrey said it is false that she was the first person the couple spoke to about their departure, adding that Harry and Meghan do not need her help figuring what is best for them, Daily Mail reports.
Oprah said she cares about the couple and is in support of whatever decision they make for their family.
A source said: "Oprah was the first person to talk to Harry and Meghan about breaking free and doing their own thing, building on their own brand.
She made them realize it was really possible."
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