A survey conducted by Aidem Inc. has shown 25% of Japanese companies prefer that their female employees resign instead of going on child-care leave after giving birth.

The survey asked 1,439 businesses and the one quarter figure is likely to stir controversy. Some 32% of businesses which have no female employee at management level are in favour of resignation, while 19% of companies with high-ranking female employees prefer that they quit, according to survey results.

Child and family care leave laws obliges companies to provide nursing-care leave for employees with pre-school children and prevents them from working overtime hours. However, 40% of companies do not mention these rights in their working policies, as shown in the survey.