Rate of paternity leave in Japan tops five percent for first time


The proportion of new fathers who reported they had taken child care leave in the year leading up to October 2017 rose 1.98 percentage points from the previous year to 5.14 percent, topping 5 percent for the first time, a labor ministry survey showed Wednesday.

The figure, however, is still far below the government’s target of 13 percent for the 2020 calendar year.

“Although promotion measures had produced some results, the rate remained low,” a ministry official said.

The rate for women rose 1.4 percentage points to 83.2 percent.

The survey covered 6,160 companies and offices with five or more employees each. Of the total, 62.8 percent gave valid responses.