Perhaps to truly “be a man,” you have to walk a mile in a woman’s shoes. A group of Japanese governors heeded this call and put on pregnancy vests to promote awareness of a better work-life balance for families.
The Land of the Rising Sun is truly the gift that keeps on giving. We love them for their creativity, and question them for their weirdness, but many times we just sit back and watch them outdo themselves, and others.
They’ve done it again this time, as Yoshinori Yamaguchi of Saga Prefecture, Tsugumasa Muraoka of Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Shunji Kono of Miyazaki Prefecture took part in the Kyushu-Yamaguchi Work Life Promotion Campaign by wearing vests that replicate the seventh month of pregnancy.
The video of them trying their hardest to perform everyday chores with the vest on has since gone viral, and has garnered positive reception from fellow lawmakers, and more importantly, Japanese men.
The objective of the campaign is to bring the challenges women face during pregnancy to the forefront, and encourage their husbands to step up during this trying time. This comes on the heels of a survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2014 that showed Japanese men performing no more than one hour of housework per day as opposed to an average of five hours for their wives.