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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Is Japan still working too hard?


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Jair Moreno
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.

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Shigemitsu Shindo
Editor, 42
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.

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Dan Kohler
Student, 27
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.

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Vincent Ricco
Engineer, 32
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.

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Kayoko Nomoto
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.

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Shilpa Du Bey
Marketing, 34
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.



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