Paternity Leave in Japan: A Guide for Overseas Employers

Each country approaches employee benefits and entitlements differently, depending on how involved the government is in setting statutory minimums.  Employee leave periods away from work vary considerably between countries, and that includes paternity leave.

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In general, paternity leave is time off for the father following the birth of their child, and in Japan the leave is statutory, although characterized differently as childcare leave.  If you are planning on hiring remote Japanese employees (or expats living there) you will want to know ahead of time the amount of paternity leave that is expected by new fathers.  The leave period is offered so that the father can assist with caring for the child, but could present a challenge to employers that rely on their services.

Who is entitled to paternity leave in Japan?

Paternity leave is actually called ‘childcare leave’ in Japan, and employees who are new fathers are entitled to this benefit.  The employee does not receive their salary while on leave unless stated in the employment contract, but they do receive a partial allowance from social security.  The result is that there is no cost to the employer, except for the temporary loss on an employee.

How much time off do fathers receive for paternity leave?

Japan has one of the most generous paternity leave entitlements in the world, and a new father can take the leave indefinitely for up to... read more

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Tim Burgess

Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd