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

Reducing overtime work

Our ongoing efforts also include reducing overtime work to promote a day to-day work-life balance (WLB).
We are conducting activities to encourage our employees to work with an awareness of time management on their own. 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 an in-company broadcast two hours before the end of business hours, asking them to adjust their work schedules so they can go home at the end of their regular work hours.
As a result of these activities, the total actual working hours have been decreasing since FY2012. Meanwhile, business expansion can cause overtime work.

Encouraging employees to take annual holidays

In addition to the activities to reduce overtime work, we encourage employees to use their annual paid holidays based on the target for the number of annual holidays to be taken that is set between labor and management. As a result of such efforts, the total paid leave taken per year has increased from 13.9 days (rate of taking paid leave: 60%) in FY2010 to 16.3 days (rate of taking paid leave: 65%) in FY2016.

In-house system

Supporting childcare and nursing

We have a range of programs to support our employees in balancing work with family life, including childcare and nursing. The childcare-related support system is applicable "until the first March 31 after the child reaches 12 years of age," which is until graduation from elementary school.

NameExplanation
Childcare leaveEmployees are entitled to take leave until the end of the month in which the child reaches the age of 24 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, in up to three separate periods, 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 until the end of their 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).
Exemption from overtime work during nursing leaveEmployees looking after a family member who requires nursing care shall not be made to work overtime if they make an application.
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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