Leader on Paternity Leave – level 1
A Japanese minister wants to go on paternity leave. Paternity leave is the time when a father can go away from work. He can spend time with his news baby.
In Japan, men and women can stay away from work for one year after the baby is born. However, not very many men go on paternity leave.
The Japanese minister wants to take two weeks off from his work. He is the first Japanese minister in history who wants this.
Some people are not happy about it. He is a political person. They say he must fulfill his duties.
This week, the minister says that it is not easy for him to solve this situation. He wants to stay at home with the baby. He still wants to help in important work events.
Difficult words: minister (a type of leader in government), to fulfill (to do what is necessary), duty (a task that a person must do), event (a thing that happens or takes place).
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