每日英語跟讀 Ep.833: A Japanese Politician Is Taking Paternity Leave. It’s a Big Deal.
In a move heavy with symbolism for Japan’s workaholic fathers, Shinjiro Koizumi, a politician seen as a possible future prime minister, said on Wednesday that he would step back from his duties to care for his newborn child after the birth later this month.
By the standards of other wealthy countries, Mr. Koizumi, Japan’s environment minister, will not be away from work for long.
But in Japan, where fathers who take time off after a birth are rare, word of Mr. Koizumi’s intentions swept social media and drew praise from supporters as setting a powerful example.
In Japan, men are generally expected to demonstrate total loyalty to their employers, often at their families’ expense. The announcement from Mr. Koizumi, whose father, Junichiro Koizumi, was one of Japan’s most popular modern prime ministers, raised hopes that those expectations could begin to change.
Cancel them! For Olympic opponents in Japan, a delay isn’t enough 全部取消！對反奧運日本人來說，延期還不夠
For many in Japan, the postponement of the Olympics is a heartbreaking necessity. But for a small and motley crew opposed to the Games altogether, it doesn’t go far enough.
"Damn it! We absolutely reject postponement. The Olympics should be abolished," anti-Games activists tweeted after the 2020 Olympics was delayed.
"One of the things that most annoys me is the commercialism of the event," said 59-year-old Toshio Miyazaki. Miyazaki works for the Tokyo city government, but he is vocal about his opposition to the event.
Kumiko Sudo said she was uncomfortable with the nationalist undertones she feels are associated with the Games. She was also angered by moves Tokyo made in the run-up to the Games, including clearing out makeshift camps occupied by homeless people.
Even so, in domestic surveys, only around 10 percent of respondents think the Games should be cancelled.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1346506; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1364706