Working at BDR
RIKEN BDR has a variety of support systems and initiatives in place to facilitate and promote all personnel to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
Working in Japan may seem somewhat daunting if you do not speak Japanese, At BDR, we recognize those concerns and have measures in place to help personnel (and their families) from overseas make a smooth transition to their new post and new life in Japan.
Bilingual help desks
Bilingual support is available where employees from abroad (non-Japanese speakers) can find language assistance and other forms of support in English to help them adapt to life in Japan. The Human Resources Section at each campus will assist with visa application procedures for employees and any accompanying family members. A Welcome Session will be held to provide necessary and important information for working at RIKEN and living in Japan, such as health insurance, pension, tax and other social programs. To respond to individual needs, RIKEN has already established some useful systems to help assist you tackle difficult tasks, such as opening a bank account, housing, safety and medical issues. For more details, please feel free to contact the Human Resources Section at each campus in RIKEN—you can always find English speaking staff working there.
Japanese language classes
Most campuses offer free Japanese language classes accessible to both employees working at the Center as well as their spouses.
Measures related to work style
- Reduced working hours during pregnancy and after birth
- Maternity and childbirth leave
- Paternity leave
- Childcare leave
- Flextime during child rearing or family nursing care
- Nursing care leave (to care for ailing family members)
- Teleworking, and other opportunities to work from home
- Funding to hire temporary support personnel during pregnancy, childcare, or nursing care
Access to in-house childcare facilities
Employees affiliated with RIKEN have access to in-house childcare facilities that are located on the premises or within a short walking distance away of the campuses. Children who are at least 57 days old to pre-school age are eligible to attend. Parents have the option of sending their children to regular (full day) or temporary childcare programs. There are also English-speaking staff available on site.
Po-I Kids Kobe (Kobe Campus)
Po-I Kids Kobe is a childcare facility that is a 5 to 10 minutes walk away from the RIKEN Kobe Campus. The facility is open from 8:15 to 18:00, Mondays to Fridays, and extended daycare hours up to 20:00 are available for an additional fee. RIKEN manages this childcare facility with other organizations located within the Kobe Biomedical and Innovation Cluster.
RIKEN Kids Yokohama (Yokohama Campus)
RIKEN Kids Yokohama is located within the grounds of the RIKEN Yokohama Campus. The facilitie's core hours are 8:30 to 18:00 from Mondays to Fridays, and extended childcare hours up to 20:00 are available for an additional fee.
RIKEN Kids Wako (Wako Campus)
RIKEN Kids Wako is a childcare facility located with the RIKEN Wako Campus. The facility is open 8:30 to 20:00 from Mondays to Fridays. Additional fees are required for childcare exceeding 180 hours per month.
Individual Support Coordinators
Information and consultations for personnel by individual support coordinators are provided as needed in response to a range of circumstances, including during maternity and childbirth leave, childcare leave, or nursing care for ailing family members.
Child-Rearing / Nursing Care Support Handbook
RIKEN publishes a handbook that provides information on municipal subsidies, services, nursery care, and pediatric emergency information, as well as useful information such as RIKEN's support systems for pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, nursing care, etc.*Some support systems are available selectively depending on employment type or location
- For more details on the above measures go to RIKEN Diversity