Quartz travel to Japan to find out why the government is pushing to make men become better fathers. Japanese men who help out at home, look after the kids and put their family before their careers are known as Ikumen, which roughly translates to “child-caring Dads”.


Japan’s intense work culture means that it’s hard to balance family life with work life. The country lags behind on gender equality too, with women often expected to take more time off work to look after children. This is one of the reasons why Japan is having a serious population decline, as more women are choosing to simply avoid having children, in order to keep their careers alive.

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Quartz looks at how the Japanese government is now encouraging more men to become Ikumen.  This documentary looks at the cultural challenges that the government have to overcome. They’re encouraging them to ditch the old ideas of the past and step into the 21st century. They want all men to be Ikumen.


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