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Japan Cabinet Star Set to Make History With Paternity Leave

  • Koizumi would be the first sitting minister to take the leave
  • Paternity leave push could help ease demographic crisis

Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a public favorite to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is set to be the country’s first sitting cabinet member to take paternity leave, a decision hailed by the government as being progressive.

Koizumi, 38, told a news conference Wednesday he will take a total of two weeks paternity leave over the span of three months to the extent it won’t interfere with his ministerial duties. His son is due to be born this month, local media reports said.