Sign now: Japanese employers are controlling employees’ childbearing “schedules”
Birthrates in Japan hit the lowest recorded number in 2017, and over the past few months working women are anonymously reporting reasons why— pressure from their bosses to not have children, or have children on a strict and pre-set schedule.
Incentivizing raising the birthrate to 1.8 is priority for Current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe because if the current trend continues, Japan’s population will be reduced from its current 126.5 million to 51 million in 100 years— a staggering drop that will make sustaining country’s economy and national defense difficult.
Yet, the most disturbing factor in understanding why Japan’s birthrate is so low comes from the stories of working women in Japan.
A married, 26-year-old woman from the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka who works for a cosmetics company was handed a document mapping the permitted childbirth and child-rearing schedules for her and each of her 22 female colleagues—outlining exactly when they are allowed to have children. According to the schedule, she must wait to conceive until she is approximately 35 years old.
Yet, already two years into her marriage, she is having difficultly conceiving. “How is (my work) going to take responsibility if I put off getting pregnant and lose my chances to have children altogether?” she wonders.
Her boss’s response is, “Work gets backed up if four or more people take time off at the same time. Selfish behavior will be subject to punishment.”
This anomaly is referred to as the “pregnancy rota”— where women are pressured into getting pregnant only when their bosses deem it is acceptable, and then oftentimes guilt tripped into thinking they are selfish for wanting a child.
Please sign this petition to support Japanese parent’s rights not be subject to their boss’s demands regarding when they can have children.
Another Japanese woman working at a private child care center in Aichi Prefecture, was reprimanded by her boss for getting pregnant before it was her “turn,” according to an article released by The Mainichi, Japan’s National Daily Newspaper. She and her husband went to her boss and apologized for having a child.
Feeling the need to apologize to an employer for building a family is unacceptable. Yet, the idea that women should plan their family around their work’s needs and agenda is prevalent enough that women are speaking out.
Facilitating and accepting this attitude within work communities is detrimental to the health of the Japanese family. Without serious change in the workplace, it will only worsen.
Please sign this petition here asking Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe to hold companies applying anti-family pressure to working women accountable.
We must come together to defend the rights of married couples to make their own decisions about when to grow their families without coercion from workplace supervisors. In light of the recent stories of women in the workplace, and with Prime Minister Abe indicating his willingness to reform, now is the time to propel pro-family, pro-life values.
Let’s stand with the family in Japan.
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