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Parental leave among men reaches 'record high' of 2.65%

(Mainichi)

The results of a labor ministry survey on gender equality released on July 26 showed that the rate of men taking child care leave stood at 2.65 percent in fiscal 2015, a record high.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW)'s Basic Survey of Gender Equality in Employment Management for fiscal 2015 obtained data on the ratio of men working at 5,850 businesses, who had spouses who gave birth between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014, and who themselves began taking parental leave before Oct. 1, 2015.

The percentage of fathers taking child care leave was shown to have risen for the third consecutive year. At companies with 30 or more employees, the rate of men taking parental leave increased from 1.58 percent in fiscal 2014 to 2.3 percent in fiscal 2015.

Meanwhile, the rate of mothers taking parental leave in fiscal 2015 stood at 81.5 percent, down 5.1 percentage points from the previous year -- the lowest rate since fiscal 2007. The percentage of mothers taking child care leave in fiscal 2015 at small- to mid-sized companies stood at 67.9 percent, down 11 points since the previous year.

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