Public Servant, 23
No, it's not solved. All my overtime is unpaid. A friend is so busy that even on a Wednesday, which is "no overtime" day, she has to work but can't get paid.
The population is decreasing so the workload is increasing. Officially overtime has slowed down, but people still have to do "service," especially in small companies -- but that is most of the companies in Japan.
It's probably very passive, more a result of youth entering the workforce, who may not have such a strict work ethic. I could see in future Western work styles influencing the Japanese system more.
I don't think so. I don't get paid overtime because I'm team manager. But because most people after 5 get paid overtime pay, they often stay late -- they need the money.
Office worker, 21
In Japan, if someone has a dream, or a goal, they want to work hard; they don't mind working later. Lots of fathers don't care so much about "family time," although it depends on the generation.
Shilpa Du Bey
I think it is changing, certainly. I've seen a change, specifically in the younger generation. They're no longer working 12-14 hours, now 8-10 hours, which is in sync with the U.S.