An increasing number of Japanese fathers are taking a more active role in raising their children, but some also feel beaten down by a society that doesn't support their efforts.

Daisuke, a 38-year-old Tokyo resident who asked to use a pseudonym, is one. He and his wife are expecting their third child, yet he feels more gloomy than excited.

The reason: He is going to take eight months of paternity leave from work because his wife, having just started a job, is unable to get child care leave. He is also having a tough time arranging for colleagues to take over his tasks while he is away.