On August 10, I wrote about childrearing leaves on this blog: "Japanese Fathers' Dilemma" http://glocom.blog59.fc2.com/blog-date-20060810.html "According to today's newspaper, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has just released a survey result for the 2004 fiscal year that more than 72% of the women surveyed took an official child rearing leave from work - the highest percentage ever. On the other hand, the percentage for the men surveyed was only 0.5%, a slight decrease compared to the previous year.....Probably the real problem may lie in their workplace, where corporate culture (more generally, organization culture) does not allow male employees to take a leave until they can provide 'convincing' excuses such as their children's 'illness or injuries,' but not 'childrearing.'" This view seems to be confirmed in an article appearing in this week's edition of "Weekly Diamond." According to Yahoo Research, about half of the men in their 20s to 40s surveyed wanted to take a childrearing leave for six months or up to one year, whereas about 80% of them said that doing so would negatively affect their prospects for promotion and advancement. Also it would be difficult for them to take a leave for less than one year, because their work schedule is on a fiscal year basis, not on a monthly basis. In any case, top-down leadership and promotion will be needed to solve this workplace problem.