Akebono Helps Its Associate Strike aWork-Life BalanceAkebono puts great emphasis on helping associates strike a goodwork-life balance. Accordingly we are constantly working to realizea working environment that accommodates diverse work stylesto meet individual needs.For example we have designed various programs for associatesraising children and those caring for their family members to assistthem with their efforts to strike a balance between their work andprivate lives. Some of these programs allow eligible associates toopt for shorter working hours or take leave for child rearing andnursing care. Moreover we also offer a Career Partner Plan thatallows the reinstatement of those who left Akebono due toprescribed reasons. We also support associates’ career developmentefforts while offering opportunities to participate in selfimprovementactivities.We distribute Life Supporter a booklet that summarizes thecontent of these and other programs with the aim of facilitatingthe utilization of the programs by associates. Going forward weSports ActivitiesAt Akebono many associates are actively involved in sports in theform of basketball baseball and soft tennis clubs.Providing each other with mutual support club members striveto develop skills and reach goals.will also implement forward-thinking initiatives with an eye tofuture issues thereby securing a corporate structure responsive tochanges in the social environment. To create a working environmentthat offers diverse and flexible working styles we willcontinuously enhance these programs by incorporating feedbackfrom associates.In addition Akebono obtained the Kurumin Mark?an authorizationmark awarded by Japan’s Minister of Health Labour andWelfare to certify businesses that proactively support the upbringingof future generations in November 2007 and renewed it inJune 2013.In 2014 some of the members of basketball and baseball clubsvoluntarily began to sponsor clinics for elementary and junior highschool students in this way contributing to local communities.With Our AssociatesPromoting Work-Life Balance to Enable Associates toPursue Individual Goals over the Long TermAkebono is striving to create an even better working environment for all associates.Kurumin MarkAkebono’s Main InitiativesChild care leave plan Associates can take leave until the March after the child’s third birthday while receiving aid. This can be taken in multiple parts.Note: Akebono has a child care leave plan that exceeds legal standards.Career partner plan A program that provides those who left the Company due to family duties with opportunities to later rejoin Akebono withinfive years after their resignation. Eligible associates include those who had served for a continuous period of three years ormore before leaving and meet other prescribed criteria.Nursing care leave plan Associates can take up to two years leave per family member to provide nursing care while receiving a stipendChild nursing care plan Associates can take up to five days of leave per year (ten days for associates with two or more children) to nurse sick orinjured children or for children’s doctor visits until the child graduates from elementary school. This leave is separate fromannual paid leave.Measures to reduceworking hoursChild care plans? Reduced working-hours plan: Associates can use the system multiple times until children graduate from elementary school.? Flex time plan? Child care aid plan: A fixed monthly aid until the March following the child’s third birthdayImprovements tocompany environmentNursing care plans? Reduced working-hours plan: Associates can work reduced hours for a total of up to three years per family member toprovide nursing care. These can be taken in multiple parts.? Flex time planBasketball clinic Basketball club Baseball club Tennis club

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