Balancing work and family life

Basic policy

We provide various forms of support for personnel to work with security and vitality in accordance with their individual circumstances and values from the perspective of balancing work and family life.

Helping employees balance work and family life

We encourage personnel to take advantage of a full complement of provisions and benefits to enable the flexibility to maintain a career while raising a family. The corporate intranet is used to raise awareness of the available provisions and benefits, and to support managers whose personnel utilize them.

Parental leave

Employees using parental leave
Employees using parental leave

Our parental leave is available through the fiscal year in which the child turns 3 years old. In fiscal 2016, parental leave was utilized by 582 personnel. This is included 316 men, 43% of those who were qualified, and 266 women. Among the employees on parental leave scheduled to return to work in fiscal 2016, 100% of men and 96% of women returned to work on schedule.

Shortened working hours for child care

Utilization of shortened working hours and Kids Support for child care
Utilization of shortened working hours and Kids Support for child care

Personnel are able to utilize shortened working hours to care for preschoolers, with the working day shortened by up to 2 hours until the child enters elementary school. In September 2007, a provision called "Kids Support" was added to enable personnel with children in the first and second grades to work shortened hours as well. These provisions may be used concurrently with a "flex-time" system for flexible working hours.

Platinum Kurumin certification mark

Kurumin certification mark

In 2016, we received the Platinum Kurumin certification mark from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.* Platinum Kurumin certification is awarded in recognition of proactive support for the development of the next generation which is superior to the previously received Kurumin certification.

Support for family care

Booklet on balancing work with care for family members

In fiscal 2016, leave of absence for family care was utilized by 4 personnel. Our personnel are allowed to take leave of up to 1 year for the purpose of attending to any family member who requires care. Personnel are also allowed to utilize shortened working hours for family care twice in a three-year period. Enhanced provisions for days off and flexible working hours are also available to help personnel continue working while providing care for family members. Information about these provisions and how to balance work and family care is provided through our enhanced corporate intranet as well.

In January 2013, we distributed a booklet on balancing work with care for family members. We have also brought in an outside expert for seminars on family care each year since fiscal 2011.

Main provisions to support balance in work and family life
Main provisions to support balance in work and family life

Leave of absence to accompany spouse on overseas assignment

As globalization continues to advance, an increasing number of personnel have a spouse who is transferred to an overseas assignment. In fiscal 2013 we adopted a provision for such personnel to take a leave of absence to accompany their spouses living overseas. In fiscal 2016, this provision was utilized by 16 personnel.

Employee survey

Management and labor work in concert to resolve people-related issues based on mutual understanding and awareness. We regularly perform a survey of employees to gauge improvements to previously identified problems and track changes in employee perceptions over time. Survey results are also utilized in the evaluation of various measures and the consideration of new measures.