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Old 24.02.2017, 13:47
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Premium Friday has kicked off (for some ) in Japan. In response to government canpaign to address the problems of overworking, some corporations now allow workers to leave office by 3 p.m.on the last Friday of every month.. to go shopping and drinking.

Based on interviews with Japanese workers, it looks like those benefitting from Premium Fridays still feel pressured to spend the afternoon with co-workers, albeit in a more fun environment.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ak-go-shopping
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Old 24.02.2017, 13:49
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Based on interviews with Japanese workers, it looks like those benefitting from Premium Fridays still feel pressured to spend the afternoon with co-workers
They've obviously not mastered the art of turning up to a social do, then sneaking out quietly.
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We called it mandatory fun.
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Fun is serious business, no laughing matter ***wagging finger***
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They've obviously not mastered the art of turning up to a social do, then sneaking out quietly.
I'm quiet sure they haven't (yet). From what I "know" about Japanese work-customs I was surprised to read the first post (not about the reason given though).

To me it's a bit like you tell an ant-colony: "Go have some fun, come back Monday" and I doubt very much they will be all over the garden, being unproductive.
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Re: Premium Friday (Japan)

Japanese working system is, in one word (ok, two) pretty "ed up".

You've crazy long work hours (especially the 15 first years or so at a company..), you can hardly ever change your job (while that was normal in Switzerland too in the past, times have changed somewhat, and honestly, I feel for the better. Working all your life for the same company, with the same coworkers? Oh boy..)

Japan has big problems (already deep in them, actually) - their "culture" is one of them. Highly xenophobic (and yes, Swiss in comparison love making new friends ) coupled with an extremely low birth rate make their population shrinking (not a general bad thing actually, quite a few countries could do with a bit less population) which is unfortunately a rather bad thing if your country is deep, deep in debt (and would need growth like crazy)

The US were quite indebted after WW2. Their debt didn't shrink in the 15 years after it, but it was massively reduced percentage-wise, due to massive growth.

Japan won't grow (the attempt here, to have people increase spending, is one of the saner tries.. and that says a lot..) anymore. Their debt will (and already is by the day)

Japanese productivity, per worker per hour, despite being on the most "advanced" countries, is pretty low.

http://www.mckinsey.com/global-theme...is-not-growing

Anyone knowing about Japan will probably agree to me that they're still in kind-of-a-lock situation, where their problems will only increase growing, without real solutions being implemented.

Fukushima showed the world that "Technical Japan" in fact doesn't really have all under control (and the poor show given by TEPCO and other state agencies is all but assuring till today) as they always claim.

Too much work isn't increasing creativity at all. In fact it leads to simple thinking and more standardised solutions. Something that was GREAT for the post-WW2 industries, but rather terrible in the environment we're living in nowadays, where most simple jobs have been automatised already and will continue this way.
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