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Diversity Initiatives

We are steadily enhancing its efforts to support employees to have a good balance between their work and family life (work-life balance: WLB), with an aim to accept the diverse lifestyles and ways of working of employees.

Reduction in overtime work

We have continuously been making efforts to reduce overtime work every day as a way to promote WLB.
Specifically, we are conducting activities to encourage our employees to work with an awareness of time under their own initiatives. For example, each business center has designated one day a week as its own "no overtime day". On this day, we urge employees to go home on time via in-company broadcasting, asking them to adjust work schedules so they can go home at the end of the regular work hours. We are posting the performance of each department’s efforts on our in-house portal site to raise awareness about overtime work.
As a result of these activities, the number of overtime work hours per person has steadily been decreasing from 24.8 hours as a monthly average in FY2011 to 18.5 hours in FY2012 and 11.0 hours in FY2013. Although overtime work hours per person increased slightly to 17.1 hours in FY2014, the total actual working hours remained below 2,000 hours for three years in a row from FY2012, indicating that our efforts have borne fruit constantly.

Encouraging employees to take annual holidays

In addition to the activities to reduce overtime work, we are encouraging employees to use their annual holidays. Promotion of the use of annual holidays among employees is the theme we are working on jointly with the labor unions. We are conducting activities, such as setting targets for a number of annual holidays to be taken during a proposed month for individual workplaces. We conducted a survey on the taking of annual holidays and target-setting more elaborately to ensure that all employees can take their annual holidays appropriately in FY2014.
These activities have been effective in increasing the number of annual holidays taken by employees. The total paid leave taken per year increased from 13.9 days (the rate of taking paid leave: 60%) in FY2010 to 16.7 days (the rate of taking paid leave: 67%) in FY2014.

In-house system

Supporting childcare and nursing

We have established a variety of ways to support our employees both at work and at various occasions in their lives, for example in childcare and nursing. The coverage period applicable to the childcare-related support system is "until the first March 31 after the child reaches 12 years of age" which is until the graduation from elementary school.

NameExplanation
Childcare leaveEmployees are entitled to take leave until the end of April following the child's first birthday or the end of the month in which the child reaches 18 months.
Reduced working hours for childcareEmployees are entitled to reduce work time up to two hours per day, separately as provided by law, for childrearing until the first March 31 after the child reaches 12 years of age.
Pregnancy leave for spousesEmployees are entitled to take three days' leave to stay with their spouses during delivery.
Sick/injured childcare leaveEmployees are entitled to take five days' leave per year to look after sick/injured children (10 days if there are two or more children) until the first March 31 after the child reaches 12 years of age.
Nursing leaveEmployees are entitled to take a cumulative maximum of one year of leave per family member who requires nursing care.
Reduced working hours for nursingEmployees are entitled to reduce work time by up to two hours per day for a cumulative total of one year, combined with nursing leave.
Nursing days offEmployees are entitled to take five days' leave to look after a family member who requires nursing care (10 days if there are two or more such family members).
Limitation of overtime work and night workEmployees will be exempt from overtime work of more than 24 hours per month or 150 hours per year and from late-night work if so requested by employees raising children who have not reached the first March 31 after becoming 12 years of age or those taking care of family members who require nursing care.
System to register retirees for reemploymentEmployees who left the company because of pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, nursing care, or a spouse being transferred can be registered for reemployment.
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