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Paternity leave in Japan: No time for baby steps

'Work-style' reform key to reversing the country's low birthrate

To reverse the country’s falling birthrate, Japan needs fathers to take a more active role in child rearing, particularly with the growing number of working mothers.

TOKYO -- While the Nikkei Stock Average rebounded to its highest point since 1991 this month, Japan's birthrate shows no sign of picking up.

Japan has been searching for ways to halt its falling birthrate since 1990, after the country's fertility rate -- the average number of children a woman gives birth to in her lifetime -- dropped to a record-low of 1.57 the previous year.

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