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Japanese salary system is quite different compared to the salary systems in other countries, and as foreigners, it is difficult for us to understand the system properly. The amount of salary in your contract is your monthly gross income, and the amount of salary transferred to your account is your monthly net income, and it is usually much lower than the amount stated in the contract, so you might be surprised when you find out the amount of your net salary when checking your bank account.
Although Japan is known for having one of the most generous paternity-leave packages in the world, which is a full year, it is still uncommon for male employees in Japan to take paternity leave here, and the percentage of male employees taking paternity leave is quite low in Japan, which is only around 6 to 7%. To solve this social issue, the Labor Ministry of Japan considers making it mandatory for companies to recommend employees take paternity leave, as many male employees in Japan remain reluctant to take leave under the current system. The main purpose of this measure is to boost the birthrate by making it easier for families to balance their work life and parenting.
Employee benefits became one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a company to work for in Japan, and many companies invest more in benefit packages to attract and secure top candidates, who tend to be picky about their career. Top candidates in Japan know that they are expected to work hard for, and stay devoted to the company, in exchange for some degree of job security and benefits they are receiving, which include housing subsidies, good insurance, the use of recreation facilities, bonuses, and pensions. Large companies usually have more employee benefits, and today we listed up some benefits you can get from a Japanese company as an employee.