Singer Hikaru Utada to return to showbiz in April with theme song for NHK drama



Popular Japanese singer Hikaru Utada will make a comeback to the entertainment world after nearly six years in hiatus from the spotlight with the release of a new song this spring.

Utada, 33, will perform the theme song for a NHK TV drama series “Toto Neechan” which is set to begin in early April, the national public broadcaster said. Utada confirmed the rumors on her official website and Twitter account, writing that she is “just about to finish up the last line of the song’s lyrics.”

Utada, who rose to massive popularity in Japan and abroad with her debut album “First Love” in 1999, featuring major hits such as “Automatic” and “First Love,” announced her withdrawal from the music world in 2010 “to return to her personal life” for an unspecified amount of time. Since then, she married an Italian man and gave birth to her first son in 2015. Utada also suffered a tragedy when her mother, Keiko Fuji, a former enka singer and actress, jumped to her death from her apartment building in August 2013.

INSANE: Canada, Edmonton school teaches that Syria’s Assad is a CHRISTIAN, possibly “waging genocide against Muslims”



The dictator of Syria is a Muslim named Bashar Assad. He’s propped up by the Muslim dictatorship of Iran, and the Muslim terrorist group called Hezbollah. And those Muslims are fighting against other Muslims, like ISIS.

Of course, the groups that get it the worst are the religious minorities — Christian Arabs, moderate Kurds, and the prized rape victims of the Islamic State terrorist men, the Yazidis.

But let me show you the lesson plan used in an Edmonton School: It’s a news scoop from the blog Blazing Catfur. It reads:

“The government in power in Syria, the so-called ‘Assad Regime’ named for the current president, Assad, is Christian and the rebels are Muslim. As a result, most of the refugees are Muslims.”

So, the tyrant,the one who allegedly uses chemical weapons on his own people — he’s a Christian? And he’s waging some sort of genocide against Muslims?

This is being taught in Canadian schools.

Seriously — politicians; the media; police; and now teachers. Is there anyone in authority who isn’t promoting political Islam these days?

Abe to include constitutional revision in election manifesto


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday his ruling Liberal Democratic Party will include a promise to revise the Japanese Constitution in its manifesto for the House of Councillors election in the summer.

Noting that the LDP has long advocated the need to amend the postwar Constitution drafted under the occupation of the Allied Forces, Abe told a lower house plenary session, “We will raise the issue as our campaign pledge.”

The ruling party believes changing the supreme law will make Japan a truly sovereign state.

As for specific areas subject to possible revision, the prime minister, who doubles as LDP president, said they will be decided “in due course as discussions deepen at the Diet and among the public.”

The Constitution, which includes a war-renouncing clause, was drafted under the strong influence of the United States after World War II that ended in 1945. The supreme law has not been amended since it came into force in 1947.

Security chief says no plans to opt out of torture convention

The Secretary for Security, Lai Tung-kwok, says there are no plans for Hong Kong to withdraw from the UN’s Convention Against Torture – seemingly contradicting an earlier statement from the chief executive, who said the city may do so if needed.
Responding to a question in Legco, Lai said there were some 11,000 torture claimants in the city and their prolonged stay has led to concerns about social and public order issues.
He said the government would look at ways to speed up claims.
Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho welcomed Lai’s response and said the government should try and fix flaws in the system instead of threatening to abandon the UN pact altogether.—RTHK

Canadian Feminists Failed To Have Man Imprisoned For Sending Them Mean Tweets

With Guthrie, for instance, what frightened her about Elliott was the sheer volume of his tweets about her…

— The National Post reporting on the preposterous offense Steph Guthrie took to Gregory Alan Elliott tweeting about her. If this is the standard for criminal harassment online, 1,000,000 Americans should be jailed for tweeting their gripes about Barack Obama.

A Canadian court has found Gregory Alan Elliott, prosecuted for criminal harassment after disagreeing with feminists on Twitter, innocent. SJWs Steph Guthrie and Heather Reilly received a number of oblique slap-downs from the judge, who ruled that their fears over their “safety” were entirely unreasonable. The decision is a victory for common sense and highlights how—absent threats—communicating with people via tweets and hashtags should not be a criminal offense.

Elliott tragically lost his job as a graphic artist after his very, very widely publicized arrest. Then came the additional and extremely heavy burden of fighting to clear his name, which compounded the immense impact of this whole debacle on his wife and children. The accusers, Guthrie, Reilly and a third woman whose claims against Elliott were dropped from the charges, could rely on the state to prosecute him without having to pay a dime for it.

The background

Gregory Alan Elliott had been communicating with Steph Guthrie before a bitter online falling out. Elliott criticized Guthrie after she tried to set the internet upon Brendalin Spurr, a very ironic hypocrisy given what she later alleged against Elliott. Spurr had created an Anita Sarkeesian punching game of the exact same kind he had devised for Jack Thompson, a disbarred attorney infamous for wanting to censor games of almost all their sexual and violent content.

Perpetuating a feminist obsession with making everything about invented misogyny against women, despite the earlier game about Thompson, Guthrie initiated a harassment campaign targeting Spurr, contacting scores of people, including his potential employers and many local media outlets. Guthrie eventually blocked Gregory Alan Elliott after he called her obsessive actions into question. Elliott then continued tweeting at Guthrie, who demanded he stop using the public platform to mention her. The police and courts then became involved.

Police found no threats of harm by Elliott against either Guthrie or Reilly, who had joined the fracas earlier. This assessment was reiterated by the court, which found no tweets or other communications of a violent or sexual quality. In the meantime, the innocent man had been subjected to long-term Twitter and general internet bans. This further eroded his ability to generate an income, as most of his work opportunities stemmed from online interactions.


Steph Guthrie and Heather Reilly are so disingenuous they make fabulists look truthful

In mid-2015, National Post columnist Christie Blatchford reported some of the big holesin Guthrie and Reilly’s story. For a start, the pair were so “terrified” about Gregory Alan Elliott that they organized a meeting with associates to brainstorm ideas about how to publicly shame their new enemy. This sort of concerted effort to continue a feud is hardly the stuff of being scared for your personal safety.

Worst of all, and the thing that constitutes the biggest, non-prosecuted criminal harassment of this case, Reilly disseminated Twitter accusations by an account supposedly belonging to a 13-year-old girl that Gregory Alan Elliott was a pedophile. The mendacity of even retweeting such an accusation is beyond vile and demonstrates what sort of repulsive and narcissistic worms both Guthrie and Reilly are (remember Guthrie’s hunting down of Spurr).

Surprisingly, Toronto’s The Star, no friend of ROK after its slandering of Roosh last year, felt the need to report on the baseless pedophile accusations against Elliott.

A respect for this wider context cannot be said of Vice‘s Sarah Ratchford, who cried at length in an article about how women are apparently an endangered species online after the court decision. A friend of Guthrie’s, she deliberately left out the deplorable false pedophilia accusations by Reilly, which would have greatly changed unbiased readers’ view of the case and the prima donna complainants.

There was no mentioning by Ratchford of Brendalin Spurr either, particularly Guthrie’s harassment in calling prospective employers and gerrymandering out of the incident the existence of the Jack Thompson game, which obliterated any pretext for calling Spurr a misogynist encouraging violence against women. Never let facts and the background get in the way of a story!

The judge made a serious mistake and falsely impugned Gregory Alan Elliott’s character

“Hold on, David! He was found not guilty!” you may say. And, yes, this is good. But what is shambolic, and reflects the judiciary’s willingness to believe poor evidence, is that Gregory Alan Elliott was wrongly described as “homophobic,” based on a very incorrectly attributed tweet. No less than four times did the judge describe the man this way.

For us here at ROK, even if the comment were his, it would not be a big deal. The focus on what Gregory Alan Elliott was thought to have said about gays was so selective as to be morally meaningless. People say these sorts of things all the time, whether to attack people with different political views, people they simply do not like, all white men, Green Bay Packers supporters, or Jeremy Clarkson fans. Until such time as all insults against anyone are treated equally, and do not depend on any severe disdain SJWs have for you, picking out random ones is a joke.

The very astute Greg Renouf, who was in court on that day, unearthed that this was, in fact, a tweet from a fake account, which (I think) was probably created by some of the very same feminists, not necessarily Guthrie and Reilly, who wanted Elliott prosecuted. Remember, this a man who has already has his finances blown to pieces by vindictive accusations and draconian limits on his ability to derive an income, plus legal fees and the substantial attention he needed to devote to saving himself from jail. These allegations of homophobia will dent his employment prospects above and beyond their present curtailment.

This triumph should be treated cautiously


R v Elliott was the first case of its kind and will set something of a precedent. By its very nature, though, ideas of “reasonable fears” after harassment claims are open to substantial tinkering, especially in a climate indulgent of SJWs. Notions of reasonability also reflect the society in which we live. With more and more chances for people to be narcissistic, destroy the livelihoods of social narrative critics like Gregory Alan Elliott, and promulgate demands for anti-free speech measures, mental illness-based feminist victimology is likely to become more prevalent and, sadly, “reasonable”.

Plus, the shrill screams of a Steph Guthrie or Heather Reilly crowd out the voices of the majority of people, who are too busy working, raising families, and making other productive contributions to society. These SJWs attempt to claim the mantle of spokeswomen for some wider virus of misogynistic harassment, one which is instead always either rampantly exaggerated or non-existent. If challenged vociferously, their poison can be mitigated. If not, fantasists like them will have future success in sending individuals similar to Gregory Alan Elliott straight to jail.

Be aware of these risks. Yet for now, let’s bask in the sweet rays of Guthrie and Reilly’s courtroom melting. The heat of the truth has that effect on precious snowflakes.

Muslim Extremists from Genocidal Sudan Suspected of Burning Church Building in South Sudan


JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Muslim extremists from Sudan have been arrested in connection with the burning of a church building in South Sudan, sources said.

Members of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in the refugee settlement of Yida awoke the morning of Jan. 16 to find their worship building in flames, area Christian leaders said. Tens of thousands of refugees from Sudan’s South Kordofan state have set up homes in Yida, about seven miles from the Sudanese border.

“I learned that those who set our church on fire were sent from Sudan purposely,” said a church leader who wished to remain unnamed.

The following week his congregation of nearly 200 people held their worship service in the open air in the remains of the charred church building, a structure of unbaked bricks. Most church members are ethnic Nuba who have fled bombing of civilians in South Kordofan in Sudan’s fight with rebels.

The fire burned both the exterior and interior of the structure, destroying all chairs, a pulpit and some copies of Arabic Bibles.

Authorities arrested a Muslim suspect, identified only as Tia, who revealed the names of three other Muslim suspects, and police also captured them, including one identified only as Mohammad, sources said. One of the arrested men said they were sent from Sudan to attack churches and aid workers helping Nuba Christians from Sudan, a local Christian leader said.

The source told Morning Star News that he witnessed one of the suspects telling police, “We are sent from South Kordofan to target churches and NGOs [Non-Governmental Organizations].”

Over the past year, three church buildings were reportedly burned in Yida, home for refugees that number nearly 70,000, according to one estimate. Most of them are Nuba Christians from South Kordofan state who believe the Islamist government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is targeting Christians and bombing churches as part of its war against rebels.

Ethnic Nuba, along with Christians, face discrimination in Sudan, where Bashir has vowed to adopt a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and the Arabic language. The Nuba people have longstanding complaints against Khartoum – including neglect, oppression and forced conversions to Islam in a 1990s jihad – but as Sudanese citizens on the northern side of the border, they were never given the option of secession in the 2005 peace pact between northern and southern Sudan.

The rebels in the Nuba Mountains were formerly involved with the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces fighting Khartoum before the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Fighting between Sudan and South Sudan broke out in June 2011, when Khartoum forcefully attempted to disarm the SPLA-N in South Kordofan by force rather than awaiting a process of disarmament as called for in the CPA. When the CPA was signed in 2005, the people of South Kordofan were to vote on whether to join the north or the south, but the state governor suspended the process.

Due to its treatment of Christians and other human rights violations, Sudan has been designated a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. State Department since 1999, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended the country remain on the list in its 2015 report.

Sudan ranked eighth on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2016 World Watch List of countries where Christians face most persecution.

A ministry leader who visited Yida last week confirmed the burning of the SCOC building. He described it as an act of the devil but asked for prayers that those who carried it out would repent.

EXCLUSIVE: Residents at Toronto hotel say they’re being booted for Syrian refugees

Some long-term residents at a Toronto hotel say they’re being evicted on short notice to make room for an influx of Syrian refugees.

One woman, who didn’t want to be identified, told CityNews she’s been living at the Toronto Plaza Hotel at 1677 Wilson Avenue with her three kids for the last six months.

But when she approached management to continue her weekly $300 payments she says she was told she had to leave —  that day.

She says she had to beg for one extra night, but the next morning she was evicted.

“It’s really hard,” she said. “Many tears.”

“They gave us a whole bunch of reasons but the bottom line was they needed the space.”

“Everyone deserves a home and anyone can come to this country to get help, but you can’t take some children out and put them nowhere for others to live.”

She and her children now resort to sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house.

“For them to do this is not fair,” she added. “These people (refugees) are getting three meals a day? What about us?”

Garnet Fulton says he’s been living at the hotel for several months with his wife and two-year-old daughter.

He pays $1100 a month for a small room.

Fulton says he received a notice on Monday saying he had until Friday to leave.

The notice read: “We will no longer be facilitating any extended stay guests as hotel operations have evolved to meet growing demands.”

Fulton also believes he’s being pushed out to accommodate Syrian refugees.

“I asked if I could stay until the first (of the month) to look for a place and they said no.”

The Toronto Plaza Hotel says about 80 per cent of the hotel is being used to house refugees, but wouldn’t comment on allegations that long-term residents were being kicked out to make room for them.

When asked if residents were being displaced by refugees, Immigration Minister John McCallum said it’s the first he’s heard of it.

“I was entirely unaware of that,” he said. “I will look into it…but I had not heard that before.”

man hating feminazi and female rape supporting Guardian newspaper to slash costs by a fifth as losses mount


The Guardian is seeking to slash £54m in costs after a review of its finances found that at its current rate of spending it could burn though its £758m trust fund in less than a decade.

Kath Viner, the left-leaning newspaper’s editor, and David Pemsel, its chief executive, told staff that the fund had declined by £100m since July amid a steep fall in print advertising. The financial position is “fragile”, they warned.

Announcing deep cuts, they said they will shave 20pc off annual running costs of £268m, in an attempt to match spending with revenue growth and staunch operating losses within three years. Costs are up 23pc in the last five years, compared with only a 10pc rise in turnover.

At the first of two ‘town hall’ meetings at the Guardian’s King’s Cross headquarters, Mr Pemsel declined to comment on potential cuts to its 1,960 staff. Heads of department have been asked to find savings wherever possible, with the number of job losses due to be revealed in March.

Mr Pemsel, appointed in June, added that the Guardian could even consider moving out of its offices in the King’s Place building. He has already halted work on a nearby events venue in the historic Midland Goods Shed and is considering pulling out of the plans completely.

The venue was to be a hub for the Guardian’s membership scheme, which asks readers to pay up to £600 per year for access to debates and other live events. However, there are doubts as to whether the building is a good investment given it will not be able to host large events.

The membership scheme will in any case be relaunched with the goal of doubling revenues in three years, staff were told. Mr Pemsel ruled out a ‘paywall’ to charge for access to the Guardian’s website or mobile apps, but suggested some content could be available to paying members only.

The loss-making operation is supported by a £735m investment fund. It was boosted last year by the flotation of the used car classifieds publisher Auto Trader, which the Guardian owned in a joint venture with the private equity firm Apax Partners.

The pair are lining up their other shared asset, the conference organiser Ascential, for a stock market debut next month. It should provide a further boost to the Guardian’s dwindling trust fund, which is charged with ensuring the newspaper’s survival.

But Mr Pemsel said its current spending could not continue.

He said: “Against the backdrop of a volatile market, we are taking immediate action to boost revenues and reduce our cost-base in order to safeguard Guardian journalism in perpetuity.

“This plan will ensure our business is increasingly adaptable and better able to respond quickly to the pace of change in the digital world.”

The Guardian has invested heavily in newsrooms in the United States and Australia but has yet to see significant commercial returns from the international operations. Staff were told there would be increased focus on “increasing their contribution to the overall business”.

The newspaper will also seek to replace print advertising sales by increasing its efforts on ‘branded content’, whereby advertisers sponsor online articles and videos.

The planned cost cuts are likely to cause particular concern at the Observer, Guardian Media Group’s Sunday title, which is not protected “in perpetuity” in the same way as the Guardian.

A source familiar with the cost-cutting plans said: “This should not be taken as a sign that the Observer is at risk.”

Japan to make efforts to become U.N. Security Council permanent member


Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Monday to step up Japan’s contribution to the U.N. Security Council, as the country aspires to become a permanent member of the United Nations’ top decision-making body.

“Japan needs to make a high-level contribution to the Security Council to show that it is suitable as a permanent member,” Kishida said as he launched the “Strategic Headquarters regarding UNSC” at the Foreign Ministry.

Kishida said the headquarters will discuss Japan’s contribution during its two-year term from January as a nonpermanent member of the Security Council and ways to achieve the country’s “long-cherished goal” of becoming a permanent member of the body.

The foreign minister said North Korea’s fourth nuclear test earlier this month proved that discussions at the Security Council “directly relate to Japan’s national interests and are very important.”

“Japan will make firm efforts to adopt a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea,” Kishida said.

The meeting was attended by Seiji Kihara, senior vice foreign minister, Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki and other ministry officials.

Japan, along with Brazil, Germany and India,—known as the Group of Four—are calling for expanding the number of both permanent and nonpermanent members of the 15-member council so it can better represent the realities and needs of the international community in the 21st century.

The debate has seen little progress as there is no consensus so far on how to restructure the body.

At present, the Security Council has five veto-wielding permanent members—Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.


China Edges Closer to Leading World’s New Industrial Revolution



China is edging closer to being prepared to lead the world’s new industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, as it is swiftly setting the stage for the convergence of multiple new technologies, said observers at the annual World Economic Forum here.

“I do not see any reason why China should not be the leading or at least under the top three leading countries driving that transforming forward,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the executive board of SAP, a global leader in corporate management software, referring to the new industrial revolution.

China has the technological edge and boasts great efficiency in the manufacturing sector, he said at the Davos forum over the weekend, which was held under the theme of “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Experts at the forum said China has gained a strong foothold in the economy of the future by quickly embracing the new industrial revolution and encouraging Internet-based innovations.

While China is selling high-speed trains to overseas buyers, information technology companies like Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are quickly making an impact on the lives of almost everyone in the country of 1.3 billion people.

Online stores are trying to ensure that ordered goods arrive at the doorstep of their customers in as short a time as one day. This is forcing changes in the shopping malls, too.

“China is overtaking other players at the corner if you look at areas like mobile Internet,” said Zhang Yaqin, president of Internet search provider Baidu, one of the information technology leaders in China.

Experts at Davos said the new industrial revolution is not powered by any single breakthrough but by the integration of multiple technologies.

Matthew Grob, chief technology officer of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., said these include artificial intelligence, machine learning and telecommunications. Others cited 3D printing and driverless cars.

“People were quite keen to see how China is transforming from a manufacturing hub to an innovation hub,” David Aikman, chief representative officer for Greater China, World Economic Forum, told Xinhua in an interview ahead of the forum.

Chinese leaders have said innovation is at the core of the national development plan. The government has implemented measures to drive market-based reforms, encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, and cut red tape by streamlining procedures. It is now much easier to register new businesses in China, and incubators are booming across the country.

“A number of activities defined by the government in its 13th Five-Year Plan such as the ‘Internet Plus’ and ‘Made in China 2015’ shows that China is going right towards that direction,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Hans-Paul Buerkner, chairman of the Boston Consulting Group, told Xinhua at the forum that among economies talking about reform or transformation, China would probably deliver greater certainty than the other parts of the world.

Despite challenges like the removal of excess capacity, “the sincerity of the efforts in China is very strong,” he said.

Buerkner, who visits China several times a year, said some Chinese companies, like Huawei, Lenovo, Haier and Xiaomi, have become strong global competitors in innovation and digitalization.

Still many more Chinese companies are emerging as strong competitors in the innovation-based new economy. DJI, a company established ten years ago in China’s southern city of Shenzhen, is now the market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems.

China has been among the leading countries in recent years in terms of the number of patent applications in 3D printing, robotic engineering and nanotechnology, according to statistics released by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said that with the recognition that people have done something that they can be rewarded for, many experts have founded new companies in sectors such as IT, biology and robots. “China is going to carry its weight,” he said.

The increasingly delusional smears of PZ Myers

After the Richard Dawkins Foundation and the Center For Inquiry announced their merger, PZ Myers published Rebecca Watson’s claim that atheist organisations “will continue polishing Richard Dawkins’ knob until he dies.”

PZ also claimed that Christopher Hitchens “had no problem with killing Muslims and American Indians,” and he misrepresented Godless Spellchecker Stephen Knight’s exposure of his previous inaccurate claims about Christopher Hitchens.

While all of this is now predictable, his latest smears also include his most bizarre yet. Referring to what he calls “atheism as a movement,” he writes that “we (now) have an atheism where it is acceptable to rail against feminism, because feminists should be raped and killed.”

Even by PZ’s own standards, this is his most delusional smear yet. It is analogous to Dan Aykroyd in the movie Trading Places, snarling incoherently through his Santa beard after being caught trying to frame Eddie Murphy by planting drugs in his office desk drawer.

I have recorded many of the PZ smears of recent years. One consequence of there being so many, is that each smear can hide behind the others, as we become desensitised to such behaviour and internally normalise it.

So this time, I’ll let this one stand on his own.

PZ Myers says that “we (now) have an atheism where it is acceptable to rail against feminism, because feminists should be raped and killed.”

It is incredible to think that reasonable people once took him seriously.

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man hating feminazi Jen Gann “Why Am I So Sad About Having a Boy”?







I was really looking forward to being dumber than my daughter. For the first 20 weeks of my pregnancy, my husband and I spun a collective daydream about our wise little girl: We pictured her walking through life with confidence and long, wavy hair, a perfect combination of my curly and my husband’s straight. She’d be his willing partner at museums, so gifted in math she could do her homework without my help. The dumbest, basest jokes, our favorite kind, would make her roll her eyes.

The afternoon of my 20-week ultrasound, I left work early and got on the wrong train. I was late, my husband even later, and we were silent in the waiting room, answering work emails. Following the technician down the hallway, I felt wobbly and unsure: less This is it! than Oh, is this it? We knew we might be wrong, but there hadn’t seemed much harm in hoping. What was wrong with wanting the girl with long hair, so smart, annoyingly smart, just like her dad.

In the aquarium glow of the ultrasound room, the technician held the wand over my bare stomach and asked if we wanted to find out.

“Yes,” my husband and I said at the same time.

“You will have …” she said, adjusting the wand, “a baby boy.”

Gender disappointment is not a term I was familiar with, but one I quickly learned. Parents magazine points out that there are “ways to deal with your mixed feelings.” A blogger for the New York Times’ Motherlodeemphasizes her luck at the health of her child, while Babble recommends being open about your gender-related feelings, whatever they are. Katherine Asbery’s 2008 book, Altered Dreams … Living With Gender Disappointment, devotes 135 pages to struggling and eventually coming to terms with her unfulfilled desire for a girl. (???? my husband texted me, after coming across the copy I bought to research this essay.)

New parents to be granted more leave in Shanghai

Shanghai parents are expected to get more parental leave after the People’s Congress approves new family planning regulations in February, an official from the Shanghai health and family planning commission said yesterday.

“We are still taking advice from political advisers and the public to draft the new regulations,” said Fan Hua, director of the commission’s family development office.

“But it will not be shorter than the previous standards. And all mothers with their babies born after January 1 shall be able to enjoy the new policy.” Fan was speaking at the fourth session of the 12th Shanghai committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the city’s political advisory body.

Under the current rules, women younger than 24 years can enjoy 98 days of maternal leave, while older women get another 30 days of leave after they give birth for the first time, and their husbands are given three days’ leave.

When women give birth to their second children, the leave period is 98 days. Women giving birth via C-section get an additional 15 days’ leave.

But after the latest national family planning policy came into effect this month, extra leave for mothers and fathers is no longer granted because most women in China have their first babies when they are older than 24.

Lawmakers, political advisers and the public called for the local policy to be adjusted to extend parental leave.

“It’s time to increase parental leave when we are encouraging young couples to have more children to change the structure of the aging population,” said Li Rong, deputy chairwoman of the Shanghai Women’s Federation.

Many political advisers suggested that all new mothers be granted at least 128 days of leave to ensure that they make a proper recovery and are able to fully care for their infants, while the fathers should be given 20 to 30 days of leave. They also said the policy should apply to both first-time parents and those having their second child.

Meanwhile, some political advisers at the conference proposed that the government build more nurseries to take some of the pressure off working parents, and Shanghai Education Commission officials said they are planning to build new schools.