Court cases shine a light on Japan’s problem with paternity leave

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The Japanese government wants to raise the number of fathers taking paternity leave from 2016’s 3 percent to 13 percent by 2020, but two recent court cases show how hard it can be for some fathers to take their legally mandated paternity leave — especially if difficult pregnancies complicate the situation before the child is born.

On paper, mothers and fathers are entitled to take child care leave (ikuji kyūka) at the same time for up to a year and receive two-thirds salary for the first six months and half salary for the second six months. However, eligibility depends on having worked for your current employer at least a year and expecting to be employed a year later.

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Shane and Union busting.

Shane Workers Union (SWU) started in 2012.
SWU is currently negotiating for job security, better pay and health insurance (for those who want it).
In 2014, Shane management unfairly dismissed a member of SWU for leaving the workplace during his break time. In solidarity, the members voted and declared a strike after attempts to resolve the matter in collective bargaining failed. Following the first strike action in autumn 2014, two part time members had their work withdrawn and other members reported harassment by management.

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Shane Eikaiwa Issues

Shane Eikaiwa Issues シェーン英会話の問題 Are you unsatisfied with the relationship between teachers and Japanese school staff? Are school counsellors truthful to you about student feedback or do they obstruct you by making inept “improvement suggestions”? Does your school counsellor assign you very heavy schedules with only short breaks? Are you pressured to cover days at … Read more

Shane Teachers Begin Tozen Strike Action

Several teachers at Shane laid down their white board markers on Tuesday to demand the reinstatement of an unfairly dismissed union member and to demand job security. The English language school illegally fired a teacher for leaving the school during a break. In Japan employees are 100% free during breaks. Shane also forces teachers through … Read more

Cram school buys out Shane English School

Cram school operator Eikoh Inc. said Friday it has acquired Shane English School to strengthen its English-language education for elementary school children ahead of the planned compulsory teaching of the language for fifth- and sixth-graders. Eikoh, based in the Kanto region, didn’t disclose how much it paid for the acquisition of shares in the four … Read more