More local governments in Japan are working to encourage their male employees to take paternity leave, aiming for all their workers to find the right balance between work and family.

Paternity leave has failed to take root in the country due to concern over drops in income and disruptions to the father's working life.

In August, the Yamanashi Prefectural Government introduced a new system that allows male employees to take care of children at home for at least three months.