June 3, 2009 2:00 PM | Eric Caoili
Doing its part to combat Japan's population loss and declining birth rate, newly merged company Koei Tecmo is offering a new program that will reward employees for having children.
Under the initiative, Koei Tecmo will give $1,000 to workers who have their first child, $2,000 for their second, and $20,000 for their third and every baby thereafter, according to a report from Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun translated by Andriasang.com. Before the two entities merged, each company had a policy giving $1,000 to their employees per child birthed.
As odd as this sounds, it isn't unheard of -- Bandai (now a subsidiary of Namco Bandai) started a similar program in 2000 giving its workers $10,000 for each child they have after their second.