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Enhancing Work-Life Balance

Approach and Goals

Reducing the total number of actual working hours and implementing related systems are the key aspects for achieving a healthy work-life balance for employees. Komatsu Ltd. has worked in coordination with labor unions on this issue to formulate numerical targets, which are now set at 2,100 or less working hours per year, and at least 17 days of paid vacation taken per year.

Systems and Status in FY2014

In an effort to achieve appropriate working hours, every workplace in the Komatsu Group formulates a concrete action plan for reducing overtime and encouraging employees to take more of their paid annual leave, which in turn allows them to seriously consider and address working hour management on a daily basis. Childcare leave and shorter working hours are contributing factors in the creation of an environment that facilitates productive careers. In 2007, Komatsu was certified by the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to display the Kurumin Mark as a company that is supporting the development of the next generation. We subsequently launched the “Panel on Fostering Future Generations“ to further advance discussions on working conditions. As a result of our continuing efforts to expand our childcare support system, we were again granted use of the mark in 2010.
We have continued these efforts through initiatives such as increasing periods of childcare leave (to a maximum of three years) in 2011, granting childcare leave for employees when a spouse is transferred, and increasing the subsidy for childcare support service expenses through the “Cafeteria Plan“ in 2013.
Aside from our efforts to reduce working hours, we are also supporting the achievement of work-life balance for our employees through the “Life Support Leave System“ introduced in FY2014. Life Support Leave is separate from regular annual leave, in which employees can take paid time off for personal circumstances such as non-work related illness, pregnancy, childcare and family-care. An employee is allotted five days of this type of annual leave per year and may accumulate up to 40 days of annual leave.
Also, in FY2013 we focused on family-care, and have introduced an allowance that can be received during family-care leave to provide financial support. We have also launched an internal website that publishes information on family-care. Komatsu will continue to work on helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance.


Information on this page is non-consolidated data except for that for some programs, which are intended not only for Komatsu Ltd. but also for subsidiaries in Japan.

Main Programs and Measures Designed to Enhance Work-Life Balance

Program/Measure Description
Childcare support Childcare leave program Available for a maximum of three years from the birth of the child to the time the child enters nursery school. Also available for a maximum of three years for children up to the third year of elementary school in cases where a spouse is transferred, etc.
Part-time work Shortening of working hours by a maximum of three hours per day to allow for care of children up to the third grade of elementary school
Allowance toward the cost of using childcare services Allowance toward the cost of childcare for infants up to age two before entering nursery school (10,000 yen/month)
Nursing leave Five days for nursing care of one child up to the third grade of elementary school, and ten days for the second child onward (paid leave)
Allowance toward the cost of using childcare services
Care support Family-care leave program A maximum of three years available to employees taking care of family members
Part-time work Shortening of working hours by a maximum of three hours per day
Care leave Five days per year for attending to one family member in need of nursing care, and ten days for the second family member onward (paid leave)
Other types of leave Life support leave Can be used as sick leave, pregnancy leave, childcare leave or for care of family members. An employee may add five new days of accumulated leave per year. A maximum of 40 days of unused annual leave may be accumulated. Childcare leave may be used for school events for children aged up to sixth grade in elementary school
Flexible leave Provided to encourage employees to take five consecutive days of leave for mental and physical rejuvenation

Employees receive an additional five days of annual leave and a travel voucher upon completion of their 15th, 25th and 35th year of continued service
Volunteer incentive program Long-term paid leave of up to two years, or short-term paid leave of 12 days per year

Flexible Working Style

  • • Flexible working hours (core time; 10:00 am–3:45 pm)
  • • Part-time work (child and other family-care)
  • • Half-day paid vacation
  • • Maximum of five consecutive days of paid vacation
  • • System and facility for supporting childcare (nursery payment and use of in-house nursery)
  • • Work-sharing (based on negotiation between labor and management as necessary)
  • • Discretionary work system (employees in development, design and R&D section)
  • • Telework program (officially introduced in FY2014)

Various Incentive Programs

  • • Subsidizing the expense of taking a certification course
  • • Job posting system
  • • Studying in domestic college or study abroad program
  • • Employee awards program for distinguished achievement
  • • In-house language school and subsidizing the expense
  • • Stock option (directors, officers and some executives)

Work-Life Balance Data

Parental leave

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
Pregnancy leaves 42 41 47
Childcare leaves 74 85 80
7 7 4
    Within one week leave
0 0 0
Return and retention rates 100% 98.8% 100%

Family-care leave

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
Family-care leaves 3 4 4


FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
Salary for 30-year-old employees JPY317,250 JPY320,430 JPY323,890
JPY327,300 JPY334,000 JPY332,100
JPY311,400 JPY311,400 JPY288,850
Overtime payment JPY45,380 JPY55,831 JPY62,509

*College graduates and others hired during annual recruitment period

Paid vacation

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
Days granted 20.0 20.0 20.0
Days taken 18.1 17.8 18.3
Ratio 90.5% 89.0% 91.5%

Volunteer incentive program

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
Number of program users 78 100 79
Long-term leaves 0 1 1
Dispatch of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers