Amid Labor Shortage, Japan Inc. Looking at Four-Day Workweek (News)


Tokyo, June 11 (Jiji Press)—In the face of acute labor shortages, a number of Japanese businesses have adopted four-day workweeks and others are looking at the option in a bid to secure personnel by offering more diverse ways of work.

Retailers and parcel delivery service companies are leading the way, with one company allowing workers to take second jobs to help make up for lost income.

In a typical four-day workweek, people work 10 hours per day, compared with eight hours daily in the conventional five-day workweek. The new system is aimed at giving more days off to workers who care for children or other family members.

Fast Retailing Co., the operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing store chain, is one of the companies that have adopted a four-day workweek.

The system is used by an increasing number of employees, men and women alike, according to a public relations official.

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