Trump marks U.S.-Japan security pact with call for stronger, deeper alliance
Trump marks U.S.-Japan security pact with call for stronger, deeper alliance"As the security environment continues to evolve and new challenges arise, it is essential that our alliance further strengthen and deepen," Trump said in a statement dated Jan. 18.
Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi will soon announce he is taking paternity leave , a government official said on Wednesday, as he aims to become a role model for the country's Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to encourage more men to take paternity
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi will soon announce he is taking paternity leave, a government official said on Wednesday, as he aims to become a role model for the country's working fathers.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to encourage more men to take paternity leave as part of his "Womenomics" program of bolstering women's employment. But change has been slow.
Some other lawmakers initially criticized Koizumi's interest in taking parental leave, saying he should prioritize his duty to the public as a cabinet minister.
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Parental leave in Japan is among the most generous in the world, entitling men and women to a year off The term is modelled on matahara – or maternity harassment – used to The inability of male employees to take paternity leave is among the obstacles facing the prime minister , Shinzo Abe, as
Despite Japan ’s generous paternity leave provisions, just 2.3% of eligible working men actually take it. Pressure on Japanese men to continue performing their traditional role as breadwinner after becoming fathers threatens to frustrate attempts by the prime minister , Shinzo Abe, to encourage
Koizumi, son of charismatic former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi and often seen as a future leader himself, is expected to make an announcement shortly, an environment ministry spokesman said.
Public broadcaster NHK reported that Koizumi would only take about 2 weeks of leave over 3 months.
Japan's parental leave policies are among the world's most generous, providing men and women with partially paid leave of up to a year, or longer if there is no public child care. Policies are even more accommodating for government workers.
But just 6 percent of eligible fathers take child care leave, and most of them for less than a week, according to government data.
That is the 3 percent rate of a few years ago, but far short of the 13 percent target set by the government for 2020.
The telegenic Koizumi, popularly referred to as Shinjiro to distinguish him from his father, was appointed to the high-profile post in September. This was shortly after grabbing headlines with news that he was marrying Christel Takigawa, a French-Japanese television personality.
He has said Japan should eventually get rid of nuclear reactors, but he has also called for a low-carbon future, although he has yet to propose specific policies on how Japan should wean itself from its dependency on coal.
(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando. Editing by Gerry Doyle)
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution. © Sputnik/Dmitry Astakhov/Pool via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speak before a meeting with government members in Moscow, Russia January 15, 2020. The unexpected announcement, which came shortly after Putin proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament, means Russia will also get a new prime minister.