TOKYO: A worker at major Japanese sportswear maker Asics told a Tokyo court on Thursday that he is suing the company to counter the idea that a man’s place is at work and a woman’s is in the home. The father of two bowed and stood before three judges at a hearing in the Tokyo District Court, which is handling the case on “pata-hara,” or paternity harassment. He is requesting anonymity for fear of further retribution. His lawsuit is one of the first of its kind in Japan. The man, whose sons are now 4 and 1, was initially assigned to a sales-marketing section at Asics, where he rubbed shoulders with athletes. After his first paternity leave, in 2015, he was assigned to a warehouse, according to his lawsuit. After he hurt his shoulder, he was assigned to his current job where he says he is forced to sit and do little. Asics denies any wrongdoing, arguing it changed the man’s job to best suit what it characterized as a difficult employee.