People Back to Work in Japan after 10-Day Holiday


Tokyo/Osaka, May 7 (Jiji Press)--Many people in Japan were back to work on Tuesday, after the end on Monday of an unprecedented 10-day holiday during which the Imperial succession was carried out and the country's era name changed to Reiwa from Heisei.

Ticket gates and exits at subway stations in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki government district were flooded with commuters, a routine scene on business days.

The holiday period "ended quickly," Takeshi Kawaguchi, 56, who works for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said. "I'll change my mindset and work, as we have to prepare for the coming resumption of parliamentary business," he said.

A 30-year-old employee at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, who worked on half of the 10 holidays, said he stayed at home while off duty. "I have a huge backlog of work, so I want to get on with it as usual," he said.

Akiko Kakizaki, a 47-year-old corporate worker who spent the holiday period with her daughter at her hometown, said, "I could spend my time freely without being bound by time."

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