Companies including Panasonic, Cannon, and Sharp are paying their employees for having children. The birth rate in Japan is low and Japanese employers are feeling pressure from the Japanese Government. This appears to be the complete opposite of what is going on in the United States. Many employers in the U.S. appear to frown upon employees taking time off to have children. It is interesting that several of the well-known worldwide companies mentioned in the story are not doing the same for American families who are having children.