Tag - mens-issues



A voter arrives at a polling station in San Diego, California. According to a recent survey, young U.S. men were the only population group in the United States or seven EU member states actually to have become more conservative since 2014.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 13, 2024
Despair makes young U.S. men more conservative ahead of U.S. election, poll shows
The study offered context for November's U.S. presidential poll and a plethora of votes worldwide, including an EU parliamentary election in June.
The plaintiff argued that age and other specific restrictions for men for survivors' pensions violates the constitution.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 10, 2024
Lawsuit filed over gender gap in survivor's pension conditions
The plaintiff was rejected for the survivor pension due to being 49 years old at the time of his wife's death.
Plaintiffs in a suit against the government over a law that requires married spouses to have the same surname arrive at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo on March 8.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2024
By 2531, everyone in Japan could have the surname 'Sato'
The forecast is based on the premise that the current practice of requiring married couples to share the same surname continues.
The ratio of men who took paternity leave stood at 17.1% in a survey for the fiscal year from April 2022, far below the government's 2025 target of 50%.
Feb 26, 2024
Japan plans to make firms set and disclose paternity leave targets
Under a planned bill, companies with over 100 employees would have to set and disclose the targets from April 2025.
A recent Kyodo News survey on paternity leave at Japanese firms highlights that women continue to play the dominant role in child-rearing, as they take longer leave times.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 11, 2024
87% of firms say paternity leave averages less than three months
On the duration of such leave taken, the largest group of 47% said the average length per child was "one month to less than three months."
Japan is the only country with a law requiring married couples to adopt the same surname. In 95% of cases, it is women who take their husband's name.
Feb 7, 2024
The land where single surnames are the only option
The business lobby recently joined calls for Japan to accept separate surnames after marriage. What, then, is standing in the way of change? Politics.
Aeon is aiming to encourage male workers to take child care leave. While almost all of its female employees currently take child care leave when they have a child, the rate for male employees is only 15%.
Feb 2, 2024
Aeon employees to receive 100% of income during child care leave
The retailer aims to gradually roll out the program from March to some 150 group companies.
A prison officer looks around Tokushima prison in Tokushima in March 2018. The Justice Ministry announced Wednesday that male prisoners in Japan are to be allowed to have certain skin care products.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 24, 2024
Japan to allow male prisoners to use same skin care items as women
Under previous rules, the in-prison purchase and gift acceptance of the toiletry items were allowed only for female inmates.
Junya Hiramoto and Shimon Ishimaru, members of Johnny's Sexual Assault Victims Association who claim to have been sexually abused by the late founder of Johnny & Associates, hold a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo in September
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 30, 2023
More men seek sex abuse consultations after Johnny's scandal
According to Tokyo police, consultation requests from male victims surged in September after the agency admitted its founder had abused entertainers.
The government aims to have 50% of new fathers take child care leave by 2025 and 85% by 2030.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 13, 2023
Japan panel proposes child care plan covering 100% of income
The 100% allowance would only be offered for up to 28 days, with the amount for any further leave being around 80% of income.
The health ministry found that, following the reported death of a TV personality in May 2022, the number of excess suicides in Japan spiked for two or three weeks.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 20, 2023
Copycat suicides spiked in Japan after celebrity's 2022 death
A government report is calling for the media to ensure that coverage is in line with the World Health Organization’s suicide reporting guidelines.
Paternity leave has not taken root in Japan due to concerns over decreases in income and disruptions to the work side of life.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 24, 2023
Japan local governments working to encourage paternity leave
From Saga to Yamanashi, local officials are trying a variety of policies to give their male employees a chance to better participate in family life.
A couple that supports a system allowing the use of separate surnames, in Tokyo in October 2021
JAPAN / Society
Aug 23, 2023
61% in Japan back separate surnames for married couples
A think tank sent forms to 16,470 households in July last year and analyzed responses from 5,518 women with spouses.
Staff at Youits by My Gakuya, a shop selling gender-free cosmetics that opened in Nagoya’s Sakae shopping district in April
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jul 31, 2023
Cosmetics stores in Nagoya expand sales of gender-free makeup
Move reflects the recent trend of men becoming more conscious about grooming and the popularity of male K-pop idols wearing makeup.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
Japan hopes to inspire more men to take paternity leave
In fiscal 2021, only 13.97% of eligible men took child care leave. The government has raised the target for fiscal 2025 from 30% to 50% and aims to push up the share to 85% by 2030.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2023
30% of dads in Japan seeking more time for housework and child care
Of mothers age 20 to 39, 33.5% said in the Cabinet Office survey that they want to reduce housework and child care, compared with 14.4% who gave the opposite answer.
Japan Times
May 15, 2023
Takaaki Miyake: ‘The ideal of beauty depends on each individual, regardless of what gender they identify with’
After a decade working in the fashion industry, Takaaki Miyake left it to pursue a business in skin care, a field he associates with both physical and mental well-being.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 5, 2023
Heavy marijuana use increases schizophrenia in men, study finds
The latest study, based on Danish health records, adds to growing research into cannabis and mental health outcomes in the U.S. and other countries.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2023
Suicides in Japan increase in 2022, with first rise among men in 13 years
Deaths among men rose by 604 to 14,543, leading to 21,584 suicides in the country overall, an increase of 577 from the previous year.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2022
Many male sex crime victims still hesitate to report abuse in Japan
In order to address the situation, local governments are stepping up their support for male victims by providing consultation services.


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan