Working Hours/Holidays, etc.


Staff holiday time includes annual paid leave, sick leave, special leave and flexible leave, each of which is defined by employment regulations.

In addition to this, permission may be given not to come to work for other reasons, and there are also protective measures in place for female employees.

○Annual paid leave

  • (1) 20 days per fiscal year (from April 1st to the following March 31st)
    *Staff employed part way through a fiscal year will be allocated leave days according to the period left in the fiscal year.
    *Date and days of annual paid leave differs for fixed-term contract staff and part-time staff depending on their hire date, employment period, etc.
  • (2) Leave may be taken in days, or hours
    *Staff on discretionary hours may take time off in units of one day.
  • (3) A maximum of 20 days of leave newly accrued during the year in question may be carried over to the following fiscal year.
  • (4) Within a year from the day when annual paid leave of more than ten days is granted, at least five days of leave must be taken.

○Sick leave

Sick leave can be obtained for the shortest amount of time required for the treatment of a sickness, in cases where this is unavoidable.

  • *Fixed-term contract staff and part-time staff (working 5 days per week) may take up to 10 days in a single business year. (In addition to annual paid leave, you can take an unpaid leave of absence. *However, within that period 3 days will be paid)
  • *Depending on days and duration, a proof of hospital visit or a medical certificate from a doctor is required.

○Special leave

Special leave*1 may be granted in the following cases.

[Special leave]
ReasonPeriod of leave
The exercise of rights as a public citizen, for example to vote (not including the right to be elected)Amount of time considered necessary
Appearance in a public setting such as the parliament, a court, or a meeting of a public body as a witness, expert or refereeAmount of time considered necessary
Attendance at hospital for tests or time in hospital in relation to bone marrow donation or donation of peripheral blood stem cells for a peripheral blood stem cell transplant, in response to an appeal after the staff member has registered a potential donor, or if the staff member is donating bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells to his/her spouse, parents, children or siblings. Amount of time considered necessaryAmount of time considered necessary
Involvement in a community activity, independently and for no remuneration (other than an activity that directly benefits or supports a member of the family)*2Up to five days per fiscal year
Getting marriedA continual period of up to five days
Care of a child up to one year old, where the staff member is required to breastfeed the child.Up to 30 minutes, twice per day
When a staff member’s spouse (including common-law partner) is giving birthUp to two days
When a staff member requests time off to look after a sick child, who is under school age, and is the responsibility of the staff memberA period of up to five days per fiscal year for one child or 10 days per fiscal year for two or more applicable children.
When a member of the family diesA period of time in line with the relationship
Attendance at a ceremonial event in commemoration of a parent (limited to those occurring within 15 years of a parent’s death)Up to one day
Time required around the o-bon summer festival to spend time with one’s family and promote health, in cases where it is considered appropriate to take leave from workUp to three days in one continuous period, not including holidays, between July and September each fiscal year. As for staff belonging to hospitals, between June to December only when the Director of a hospital considers it necessary. *3
When a staff member loses their home or suffers damage in an earthquake, flood, fire or other disasterUp to seven days
Where a staff member finds severe difficulty getting to work due to transport problems caused by an earthquake, flood, fire or other disasterAmount of time considered necessary
Where a staff member is unavoidably unable to come to work due to the fact that coming to work would place him/her in physical danger, after an earthquake, flood, fire or other disasterAmount of time considered necessary
Where a staff member’s spouse is between six weeks before her due date (14 weeks before in the case of multiple births) and until the child turns one year-old, to look after either the newborn child or any other child in the family (including children of the mother) who are not yet at schoolUp to five days in the specified period
Where a staff member submits a request to miss work in order to care for his or her spouse, parent, child, or mother or father in-law, or to care for a grandparent, sibling or grandchild who is living with the staff member and who requires constant care for a period of two weeks or longer as a result of injury, illness or physical or mental disability, or where a staff member submits a request to miss work in order to attend doctor’s appointments with, or complete paperwork necessary to apply for daycare services, or to give other types of care as necessaryA period of up to five days per fiscal year for one relative or 10 days per fiscal year for two or more applicable family members.
When visiting medical facilities for fertility treatments or attending fertility seminars offered by medical institutionsUp to 5 days in a calendar year.
*In case of hospital visits for IVF or ICSI, up to 10 days.

*1 "Leave other than annual paid leave" for temporary and part-time staff. Up to five days in a fiscal year to visit medical facilities for fertility treatments or attending fertility seminars offered by medical institutions. *In case of hospital visits for IVF or ICSI, up to 10 days.
*2 This does not apply to temporary and part-time staff.
*3 During a period specified by the University, in the case of staff members who work less than five days per week

○Refreshment leave

Members of staff who have been working at the University for either 20 or 30 years may take five days’ continuous leave (not including holidays), as a general rule, during the applicable year.

○Approval of times when staff are not required to work

If any of the following reasons apply, and prior permission has been granted, staff will not be required to work for the period deemed necessary.

  • (1) Participation in union negotiations during working hours
  • (2) Pregnant women members of staff attending health guidance sessions or health checks
  • (3) Relaxation of working hours or permission to take time off to rest may be granted to members of staff who are expectant or nursing mothers and whose work is considered to have a negative impact on the health of the mother or the unborn child
  • (4) Members of staff undergoing full body health checks or other integrated health checks during working hours

○Protective measures for women

Women members of staff are subject to the following protective measures.

Prenatal leaveStaff members due to give birth within the next six weeks may, on request, be given permission to take time off for the requested period until their due date
Postnatal leaveStaff members who have given birth may take time off up until eight weeks after birth
Leave for expectant and nursing motherIf the duties of an expectant or nursing mother are acknowledged to be such as to affect the health of the staff member concerned or her fetus, she may request and be granted the period of leave deemed necessary, based on the advice of a physician.
Transfer of dutiesIf a pregnant staff member so requests, she may be transferred from her current duties to other light duties
Restrictions on working hoursA pregnant member of staff or one who has just given birth may request not to be required to work outside of her designated working hours, on holidays or late at night
Menstrual leaveMembers of staff for whom attending work during their monthly period is extremely difficult may be given a short period of leave.

○Procedures for applying for leave, etc.

When applying for leave, members of staff should complete the required format documents and submit them to their department.

For details of procedures, please contact the Human Resources section of your department.