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Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi speaks during a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Japan's popular environment minister Koizumi said he will to take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in Japan where men are largely absent in child raring and other family roles because of persisting expectations for men to focus on work. (Kyodo News via AP)

It's a boy for 1st Japan Cabinet member on paternity leave

Jan. 16, 2020 11:26 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's environment minister became father to a boy and is going ahead with his planned paternity leave — still a rarity in Japan where men are under pressure to put work before family. Shinjiro Koizumi said his wife, former newscaster Christel Takigawa, gave birth to their first child...

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi speaks during a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Japan's popular environment minister Koizumi said he will to take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in Japan where men are largely absent in child raring and other family roles because of persisting expectations for men to focus on work. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan gov't minister to take paternity leave, still a rarity

Jan. 15, 2020 7:30 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's popular environment minister said he will take paternity leave when his first child is born later this month to be a good example for working fathers in Japan, where men are largely absent from child rearing. With Japan facing an aging population and a dwindling birthrate, the...