When a giant earthquake and tsunami ripped through Japan last March, many husbands and fathers lost their families. Japan is now having to tackle a family crisis – one that is not accustomed to seeing and supporting single fathers.
In a country where gender roles are traditional, mothers tend to do the care-giving while fathers are in the workforce, bringing home money for the household. When Japanese men operate outside of this model, by choice or by chance, society doesn’t support them.
In November of 2009, a group called Single Father Japan was started to bring together and help these men living outside this gender norm. In June of 2011, Single Father Japan went to the Ministry of Health and Welfare to discuss an extension of bereavement pensions for men who lost family in the March 2011 earthquake. Evidently, these benefits are currently available to mothers.
And benefits are available to women because there are fewer in the workplace and typically have lower salaries than men. Oh snap!
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