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Japan’s Health Ministry Panel Proposes 100% Paternity Leave

Japan’s health ministry panel has recommended a significant enhancement to the country’s paternity leave benefits to encourage parents, especially fathers, to take more paid leave and spend more time with early child care. The proposed plan, announced Monday, is set to increase
November 14, 2023
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Tories and Local Governments Refuse To Approve More Homes

Why it matters: England’s obsession with house prices and growing resistance in densely populated areas to new housing developments at the expense of the youth is a hostile and persistent trend. The refusal to approve new housing projects leads to future supply
September 17, 2023
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Sunak’s Ploy Pretending to be Pro-House Affordability fails

Why it matters: Rishi Sunak’s plan to revise environmental regulations to spur housebuilding met strong resistance in the House of Lords. The move faced a significant backlash from environmental groups, underlining the political tightrope governments walk when tackling housing and environmental concerns. The
September 14, 2023
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Governor Hobbs Boosts Paid Leave for AZ State Employees

Arizona is stepping up its game for state employees, offering 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents and expanding leave for those tending to sick family members under a pilot program—a significant stride under Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs. Why it matters:
September 8, 2023
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A Virginia City is planning to zone for (not against) housing

On Tuesday, Alexandria, Virginia’s city planners proposed scrapping single-family-only zoning by this fall. This follows a trend in urban planning gathering steam and resistance nationwide. Why it matters: The move is part of Alexandria’s “Zoning for Housing” initiative — a push to
September 8, 2023
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Births in China could fall to 7 million in 2023

Big picture: China’s births might hit a record low this year, deepening its demographic crisis. Academics admit births could fall to 7 million, with profound implications for the world’s second-largest economy. By the numbers: Estimated births in 2023: 6 million to 8
August 12, 2023