30 Sep '16, 9am

#Japanese politicians wear 'pregnancy' vests to urge men to help at home

TOKYO (Reuters) - In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned "pregnancy" vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. In a video titled "The Governor is a Pregnant Woman", the three men, all governors of south-western prefectures, put on a 7.3 kg vest that simulates a woman who is seven months pregnant. The video, launched on Tuesday, is the brainchild of the Kyushu Yamaguchi Work Life Promotion Campaign, which hopes to encourage Japan's notoriously workaholic men to adopt a more balanced life and share household chores. Accompanied by uplifting music, the politicians groan their way up and down stairs, clutch their bellies as they ease themselves into cars and struggle to bend over. One man tries to pull on his socks and finally gives up in exhaustion. Another is offered a seat on a bus. "This really drags ...

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