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Japanese Gov't Sets New Charter for Balancing Work and Life
Source: japantoday.com
Source Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Japan
Created: Jul 05, 2010

The government on Tuesday set a new charter on balancing work and life among the public in line with Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s goal of realizing a ‘‘decent’’ working environment. New guidelines seeking to encourage men’s greater participation in child-rearing were also set, renewing those set by the government of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in 2007.

“It’s necessary for each member of the public to work with a sense of meaning and fulfillment to revive a spirited Japan,’’ Kan said at a meeting of officials representing the public and private sectors. Private-sector representatives included Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, and Nobuaki Koga, chairman of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo.

In his policy speech to the Diet earlier this month, Kan said he will seek to ‘‘enable all to engage in decent work,’’ describing such work as ‘‘dignified and rewarding.’’ The decent work slogan, advocated by the International Labor Organization, seeks to raise labor conditions, such as through the achievement of an income enough to make a stable living and of a safe working environment.

The new guidelines seek to increase the share of men taking paternity leave from 1.23% in 2008 to 13% by 2020 and reduce the number of workers with nonpermanent, low-skill jobs from 1.78 million in 2009 to 1.24 million in 2020.
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