Discussions are underway for Japanese government officials to be given ten days fertility leave
The move comes after a survey conducted by the country’s National Personnel Authority for central government concluded that many employees have voiced their wish to receive such benefits.
The NPA has said it hopes to introduce the new leave system, which is separate from annual and sick leave, along with its recommendation for workers’ salaries in August, according to Japanese media sources.
It will offer five days leave for fertility treatment and another five days for IVF and any other treatment that may require a patient to see a doctor on a frequent basis, including blood tests, examinations, or small procedures.
Currently, public servants have to use their holiday entitlement to have fertility treatment.
There is also talk of a public health insurance system being put into place in 2022, though this is still in the planning stages.
At present, fertility treatment is available at only a limited number of private companies.
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