I feel like I have got to weight in on the conversation around Japanese maternity timetables because during the last 20 hours it has gotten so much attention, but still, everybody uses it as a springboard to heir political platforms and needs.
The female below had the idea of bringing her infant to a session of the Japanese parliament to further her political agendas.
Yuka Ogata had the most wonderful idea of bringing a merely 7-months-old infant of hers to the session of the parliament of Japan to highlight challenges facing women juggling families with careers.
I do not know why this personal problem is politicised (other than disrupting our societies and changing gender roles). Every woman in the West and in first-world countries have the choice to choose between having a career or having a family. Those who would like to have it bought – difficult, but not unachievable – need to rely more on their families and need to work with their spouses to balance family and work life. Those individuals who fail to understand this should and will be faced with issues regarding the organization of time and – sometimes – financial resources.
In the past, the support of the older generations in the family was sometimes essential for the upbringing of children which should be truer now than ever. Of course, human pride and stupidity in this day and age clearly suggest that “strong women” have the ability to handle both work and private life without any issues, still reality will always prevail proving these people very wrong in nearly every single case.
That is why it is worse than foolish – in many cases – to kick your son or daughter out of the family home in their early 20s to make them live their own lives without parental oversight, because of the probable incorrect decisions they could make which may haunt them for the rest of their lives.
After Japenese officials in the assembly realized that she had her infant with her she immediately received an official warning for obstructing the flow of the session.
While another female, in this case, a Canadian woman decided to rather than having organized childcare for her baby, she took her baby to the Canadian parliament and managed to breastfeed her during a session. Trust me, even if she wasn’t fined or hasn’t received an official warning she will be hearing an earful from her child when he or she becomes an adult.
These women are the prime examples of not just political stunts to further their own goals and to substantiate their – sometimes unfounded – political claims while disrupting the sessions of the respective parliaments but they also had the foolishness of exposing these infants to these environments for prolonged periods of time, which could have been harmful to their health and well-being.
It is very unresponsible from their part because just remember that when anyone decides to take an infant to a place which could be hot and cold at times and has different bacteria in it, the child could easily contact among other things, pneumonia which could be fatal depending on age and treatment.
It is just so wrong on so many levels using these infants as a political platform while claiming to have a better will and consideration than the majority of others attending the session.
These narcissists who always seek the attention of others and the media is why most people are totally uninterested in watching a parliamentary session and these people are the very reason why many people refrain from getting involved in politics.
The whole story is based around an alleged husband of a child care worker (it is really conveniently thought out, you will see just why) who has written to a Japanese local newspaper and expressed his disagreement with the internal policies called maternity timetables in many Japanese companies and organizations. The story was that her wife became pregnant before her “turn” to get pregnant and against the policy (in that particular child care center) and when she revealed this to her boss she was told off for “selfishly breaking the rules.” She and her husband has apologized to her director.
– good slaves
In these companies and organizations, a woman can have her baby before the specified age, although in that case, she loses parental leave and benefits from her employer. So it could be a reason for a bit of unease, but breaking the rules will definitely not ruin anybody’s life.
As I have mentioned before help from older generations in the family is always very crucial and that help (the times when the child is looked after by the grandmother or taken for walks in the park by the grandfather) does worth much more to the mother and the children than any amount of parental leave or other benefits.
The spouses also need to work out their private life and learn how to relate to each other, after all, they are in a relationship. All of this is Not meant to be easy.
The Japanese and global media have picked the story up in no time and they are at the moment trying to use it to its fullest political potential to satisfy their own political cravings.
The whole story is so convenient on so many levels, we don’t have any names, a location or even the general name of the child care center to look the story up and do some research into it. Of course, all of this does not make the story by definition untrue, but to be frank, there is a chance that this is a fabricated piece to push new gender roles in our first world societies.
Most articles on the story was also quick to point out some other things which are false and also irrelevant at the same time: “statistics for 2017 show that the average child care provider is 35.8 years old, has worked continuously for 7.7 years, and earns a monthly wage of 229,000 yen — 104,000 yen lower than the average monthly wage across all professions.”
The key is the phrase is “average monthly wage across all professions” which does not take basic differences between men and women into factor such as overtime worked (men tend to do more overtime), working hours (men aren’t scared of long working hours), professions (women tend to choose professions which involve social skills, like teaching, while men tend to enroll in greater proportions into highly technical fields), type of work experience and for instance, how senior the position is.
Getting back to our little story, tale, these policies set out by Japenese companies could be restrictive for many families. If the Japanese legislature would like to, it could introduce a new law amending the current legislation on company and organization policies. Policies such as this one do not promote starting families and having children, which will prove to be very harmful to the Japanese society as a whole in the long run.
In this day and age, women have to opportunity to compete with other women and men for leading roles in organizations and corporations, however, it is even extremely hard for other men to become CEOs and compete with other industry-leading professionals. Most times women just feel like that sacrificing their own lives, health, well-being and good name on the altar of an international corporation is just an extremely poor choice to make.