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Promoting a Diverse Work Environment / Recognizing and Fostering Diversity is a Source of Our Competitiveness

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Promoting a Diverse Work Environment

Recognizing and Fostering Diversity is a Source of Our Competitiveness

It takes the strength of an incredibly diverse workforce to take on the challenge of putting smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches. We are advancing efforts that utilize diverse viewpoints and ideas to improve our competitiveness.

Initiatives to Promote Women's Careers

 At Nintendo Co., Ltd., we consider the participation and advancement of women to play a crucial role in strengthening our competitiveness. Taking into consideration that the software industry traditionally has employed fewer women, we, in Japan, continue to strengthen our efforts to make it easier for our female employees to use childcare and return-to-work programs. In support of recent amendments to the Child Care and Family Care Leave Law, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Law, both of which have taken effect in Japan, we have, for example, revised our internal policy to enable employees to take off half days to nurse children, and to prohibit harassment related to maternity or nursing care.

 We intend to raise the ratio of women recruited or promoted from contract employees to full-time employees by 5 percent to 25 percent during the next five years starting from fiscal year 2017, compared with the cumulative percentage for the last five years (approx. 20 percent), and we have already launched a number of initiatives toward this end. These efforts reflect our commitment to the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace that was enacted last year in Japan.

Promoting an Active Second Working Generation

 Considering those over 60 years of age to be our "second working generation," we, at Nintendo Co., Ltd., have introduced a human resources system that provides security in the workplace to suit employees' lifestyles in Japan. Specifically, we have provided options for reduced hours to allow for nursing or health needs, and extended Medicinal Care Leave to a maximum of 10 days. Also, special leave that can be taken for any reason was extended to an annual maximum of 5 days. We, at Nintendo Co., Ltd., will continue to support the second working generation by providing an environment suited to their working-style needs, and individual skills and capabilities, to ensure that they can put the experience and knowledge they have accumulated over the years to full use, regardless of their health or family situations.

Improving Awareness of Human Rights Issues

 At Nintendo Co., Ltd., we also focus on efforts to improve awareness of human rights issues in our employee training in Japan. For each respective training theme, we consider the target audience, timing and methodologies that will more effectively deepen the participants' understanding. Starting from April 2016, we have increased efforts that were made to improve awareness of human rights issues such as the inclusion of content specific to LGBT* in the training of new recruits.

 In Germany, where Nintendo of Europe GmbH is located, new legislation called the Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (the General Equality Law, or AGG) was enacted to prevent discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation. In this regard, we continue to conduct training for new recruits to ensure that they thoroughly understand our approach and encourage people to have a greater understanding of others in the workplace.

 We will continue efforts to improve the employees' awareness of human rights as we strive to create workplaces where people with a wide range of characteristics can maximize their potential.

*LGBT is the abbreviation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

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