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Japanese Men Bringing Up Babies Aim to Send Wives to Work

Manabu Tsukagoshi, a Tokyo-based consultant, took a month of paternity leave after his second child was born. That prompted his stay-at-home wife to get a full-time job in the financial industry.

“When someone asks why I would take such leave when my wife was a stay-at-home mom, I tell them it was for her to go back to work,” said Tsukagoshi, 38, who plans to take leave again later this year, from Toray Corporate Business Research Inc., when his wife returns to work after having their third child. “We need role models to show that there are fathers who can do this.”