Is "3-year-maternity-leave" beneficial for us?
by Renge Jibu
Visiting fellow at Showa Women’s University and former staff writer for Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently spoke about his proposed “3-year-maternity-leave,” a majority of Japanese working women got angry with the idea. Why? Why do Japanese working women dare to refuse a precious opportunity to be with their little children?
Before talking about what made Japanese working women angry, let me ask American women, do you agree with a governmental policy to provide 3-year-paid-maternity-leave? If yes, would you yourself utilize that?