Japan Introduces Paternity Leave for Employees
In June 2021, the Childcare and Family-Care Leave Act was amended in order to encourage male employees to take paternity leave and also to allow employees to take childcare leave in a more flexible manner.
Currently, Japan does not have an individual paternity leave provision.
Effective October 1, 2022, male employees will be entitled to 4 weeks of paternity leave, which shall be taken within 8 weeks after birth subject to a 2 weeks notice to their employer. The benefits will be payable by social security at the same rate as maternity leave (67% of covered pay). Male employees will be able to take paternity leave as a single uninterrupted period or split it into two periods.
This new leave is in addition to the existing government-paid childcare leave entitlements for both parents.