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Support for balancing work and childcare

Support systems

At RIKEN, we have various support systems in place to facilitate a research environment that is friendly to everyone.
* Support systems available may be different depending on employment type, etc.

Support programs related to pregnancy, childbirth and childcare

* Available support programs and procedures: Permanent Employee, Fixed-term Employee, Indefinite-term Employee, Special Appointment Employee, Special Postdoctoral Researchers, Jun jimu kikan Administrative Employee

[List of support programs available at different periods]

Diagram showing the childcare terms

[Outline of support programs]

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Period Programs Summary Salary
During pregnancy
Limited overtime, holiday work and/or late-night work You will not be ordered to work overtime, on weekends or holidays, or late at night for the period you applied for during pregnancy. -
Outpatient hourly leave due to medical (pregnancy) checkup You may take time off work to have checkups and obtain health guidance, as stipulated by the Maternal and Child Health Law.
Paid
Shorter working hours During pregnancy, female employees who commute to work by train or bus may reduce their working hours by up to one hour, both at the start and end of the working day. Paid
Measures to ease the burden of commuting for pregnant employees A pregnant female employee may request, on the advice of her doctor, special measures such as commuting flexibility (late arrival / early leave, etc.), shortened working hours, extended rest periods, limitations on the nature of her work, and days off from work. Paid
6 weeks before and 8 weeks after childbirth Pre-childbirth leave Female employees may have pre-childbirth leave of 6 weeks (or 14 weeks in the case of a multiple pregnancy). Paid
Special paid leave to assist pregnant spouse or provide childcare for the child in the family during the six weeks before and eight weeks after childbirth Male employees may take up to five days of paid leave to assist their pregnant spouse or provide childcare during the six weeks before and eight weeks after childbirth. Paid
Special paid leave when an employee's spouse gives birth Male employees may take special paid leave for up to three consecutive days to assist pregnant spouse at the time of childbirth. Paid
Post-childbirth leave The law requires all female employees who gave birth to take post-childbirth leave, in principle. Eight weeks of “Post-childbirth" leave is given from the day after the date of birth. (However, if the employee wishes to return to work six weeks after childbirth, and the doctor, upon checking their physical condition, allows them to do so, they may return to work at that time.) Paid
Limited overtime and/or late-night work You may ask for no overtime work or a limit on overtime and late-night work.
-
Nursing care leave A maximum of 5 days within one fiscal year may be taken to care for a sick or injured preschool child. All employees except for those using discretionary work system may take half-day off. (If the employee has 2 or more preschool children, it is possible to take a maximum of 10 days.)
Paid
During childcare Outpatient hourly leave due to medical (pregnancy) checkup You may take time off work to have checkups and obtain health guidance, as stipulated by the Maternal and Child Health Law.
Paid
Measures to ease the burden of commuting for pregnant employees A pregnant or postnatal female employee may request, on the advice of her doctor, special measures such as commuting flexibility (late arrival / early leave, etc.), shortened working hours, extended rest periods, limitations on the nature of her work, and days off from work. Paid
Limited overtime and/or late-night work You may ask for no overtime work or a limit on overtime and late-night work.
-
Nursing care leave A maximum of 5 days within one fiscal year may be taken to care for a sick or injured preschool child. All employees except for those using discretionary work system may take half-day off. (If the employee has 2 or more preschool children, it is possible to take a maximum of 10 days.)
Paid
Childcare time Employees of RIKEN may take hourly leave for up to 30 minutes on two occasions each day before the child's first birthday. Paid
Work attendance exemption for childcare
You may be exempted from commuting to work in the initial childcare period, based on the supplementary regulations for exemption from commuting to work. 
-
Telework (working from home) program You may telework at home based on the supplimentary regulations for telework.
(* Available only for full-time employees.)
-
Changes in work start and end times You may change work start/end times based on the supplimentary regulations for changes to work start/end times for childcare and for nursing ill or older family members.
(Unable to use along with "Partial leave for childcare" program.)
-
Partial leave for childcare Before the child enters elementary school, you may reduce work time by up to 2 hours a day (in units of 30 minutes).
(Unable to use along with "Changes in work start and end times" program.)
Unpaid
Childcare leave (☆) Eligible employees may take childcare leave until their child reaches age 3, based on the supplementary regulations for childcare leave.
Unpaid
  • Fixed-term employees must have been employed for one year or longer.
    Employment insurance will pay eligible individuals childcare leave benefit for a certain period.

Support systems for research staff (researchers, engineers and technical staff) balancing work and childcare

Subsidies to hire support staff for researchers who are pregnant and/or raising children
RIKEN offers subsidies to help cover the cost of a support person (part-timer and temp staff) to assist a research staff member who is pregnant and/or caring for small children, so that the research staff member can continue to conduct research.
Funding support for researchers returning to work/research from interruption
RIKEN offers research funding to support researchers returning to work/research from interruption due to life events such as childrearing, and to maintain and further improve research and development outcomes.

Childcare Guidebook 2019

We publish a guidebook that gives useful information about the support programs related to pregnancy, childbirth and childcare.
The latest version of the guidebook is available in Japanese and English, and can be downloaded from a page on the internal website.

Cover image of childcare booklet Cover of Childcare Guidebook 2019

Contents

  • 1.RIKEN’s initiatives on gender equality and work-life balance
  • 2.Support program offices
  • 3.Private consultations
  • 4.Support programs related to pregnancy, childbirth and childcare
  • 5.Other support programs for childcare
  • 6.Support for researchers to maintain a healthy work-life balance
  • 7.Other support programs related to pregnancy, childbirth and childcare

In-house childcare facilities

In-house childcare facilities are available for RIKEN employees depending on the capacity of the facility. The facilities are established based on RIKEN policy that aims to eliminate the difficulty of balancing work and childrearing, and to facilitate a smooth return from maternity leave and/or childcare leave.

Image showing the exterior of RIKEN Kids Wako
Image of kids in RIKEN Kids Wako
RIKEN Kids Wako
(Wako Campus in Wako City, Saitama)
Types of childcare: Regular and temporary childcare
Hours of service: 8:30~20:00
Eligibility: Children who are 57 days old to preschoolers with no serious medical concerns
Image showing the exterior of RIKEN Kids Yokohama
Image of kids in RIKEN Kids Yokohama
RIKEN Kids Yokohama
(Yokohama Campus in Yokohama City, Kanagawa)
Types of childcare: Regular and temporary childcare
Hours of service: 8:30~18:00 (extended hours: 18:00~20:00)
Eligibility: Children who are 57 days old to preschoolers with no serious medical concerns
Image showing the exterior of PO-I Kids Kobe
Image of kids in PO-I Kids Kobe
PO-I Kids Kobe
(Kobe Campus in Kobe City, Hyogo)
Types of childcare: Regular and temporary childcare
Hours of service: 8:15~20:00
Eligibility: Children who are 57 days old to preschoolers with no serious medical concerns

Private consultations

The consultation desk managed by the Human Resources Division offers private consultations for RIKEN employees who find it difficult to continue to work due to pregnancy, childbirth and/or childrearing.

Gender Equality Promotion Committee

RIKEN established a Gender Equality Promotion Committee to facilitate further efforts to realize a gender-equal environment in RIKEN. Each campus/center has a subcommittee that meets regularly to discuss and examine various issues pertaining to gender equality.

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