Latest scheme is to provide Japan’s corporations with subsidies to compensate for employee rest time

Anyone who has been in Japan long enough and works with Japanese people, knows the long days at work Japanese are forced to work to produce for the corporations they work for. Young Japanese in their 20s married with children working six days a week from 9:00am until late at night almost every night is fairly common. Is it any wonder marriage is in a downward trend? When that one day a week does come again, they are usually too exhausted to do anything except wake up to eat, and then even if they do wake up to enjoy a couple of hours of time for themselves. The Japanese government has discussed work reforms and programs to reduce the amount of time employees are required to be at work for years and nothing has really changed much. The latest scheme is for the Japanese government to provide financial aid to companies to compensate for employee time lost at work so that employees can be allowed to have more rest periods. Corporate slavery is so entrenched in Japan that the government will now provide subsidies for companies that give their overworked employees rest time?

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Japan’s Abe treads carefully on minimum rest for workers

Prime minister proposes subsidy but wary of mandate

January 31, 2017

TOKYO — The Japanese government will consider providing financial aid to help businesses adopt minimum rest periods for employees, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Monday, even as he avoided committing to making the policy mandatory.

Trade unions and others in Japan, which is seeing a renewed public debate on the social costs of overwork, have been pushing for a minimum period of consecutive hours off. The opposition Democratic Party has proposed legislation that would include such a provision.

A combination of rest periods and a cap on overtime would reduce long working hours, Democratic Party President Renho said in the upper house, pressing Abe on the issue. Rest intervals are “vital for healthy lifestyles,” the prime minister replied.

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