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Japanese firms giving free days for relatives, cats & dogs care

Staff Writer |
An increasing number of insurance firms in Japan are introducing benefits that reflect the lifestyles of their employees in a bid to raise morale.

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In July, ipet Insurance, a Tokyo-based seller of medical insurance for pets, introduced special leave for employees who own cats or dogs, Jiji reports.

Eligible employees are granted up to two days of leave per year to spend time with their pets and bereavement leave of up to three days when a pet dies.

So far, 20 employees have taken leave to spend time with their pets, while one official took bereavement leave.

Taiyo Life Insurance has expanded support for employees with relatives in need of care.

Its employees now can take care leave of up to three years, compared with the previous limit of one year. Holidays that can be taken for care-related activities per year also increased to 30 days from five days.

Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance established a system that allows those who were forced to leave the company to care for a sick or elderly relative to return to work within 10 years of departure.

For its part, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, a unit of Sompo Holdings, gives full consideration for LGBT employees.

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