Filched from Dawn’s blog. It’ll make my life complete if pet-friendly benefits were a reality here – I remember tears streaming down my face the whole day in the office on the Monday following Kheilly’s mishap. It was all I could do to not bawl. I did the same two years before, when Milly died.
Last Updated: Friday, 4 January 2008, 15:49 GMT
Pet ownership is increasingly popular in Japan
A Japanese company is offering its employees a monthly “pet allowance” to help with the upkeep of their cats and dogs.
Kyoritsu Seiyaku, which makes animal medicines, said pets were a lifelong obligation for their owners.
Kyoritsu Seiyaku is offering its pet-owning employees about $9 (£4.70) per month, and hopes the system will spread to other Japanese firms.
The company does not, however, offer paid leave when employees’ pets die.