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Major showbiz agencies urged to address long working hours

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More urging, more warning and nothing happens. In five years we will read the exact same thing. Welcome to kabuki, welcome to Japan Inc.

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Simply make all overtime payable at twice the hourly rate, anything at weekends or above 50 hours per month at 3 times and failure to pay is fraud with the CEO facing jail time. No karoshi.

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500 hours in a month? To pull something like that off you would have to work 16 hours or more every single day in a month. That’s just crazy.

All of the agencies told Kyodo News they will make efforts to improve the working environment of their employees.

In other words, we hear you and we will take what you are saying under consideration but we can’t promise anything.

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500hr / month thats almost 17hrs a day just enough time for eating and sleeping and thats with no days off

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Stop urging and start fining these businesses with hefty penalties.

It would be interesting to know how many actual hours are worked versus the number of hours of looking busy.

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The facade of Japanese companies caring for their employees is a joke. Work like a dog, "service overtime" and not able to take all your law-mandated 20 days of paid holiday in a year. Glad I wasn't born into that nightmare scenario.

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Wow. 500 hours a month. That’s insane.

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Well that explains a lot about talent in Japan, exhausted people making exhausted decisions.

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Fine them, they take 90% of the money from the group's anyway and don't allow them basic human requirements like the ability to have a boyfriend or express their own thoughts on social media.

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a labor standards inspection office in Tokyo recognized in January 2014 that the company had its employees, including managers of EXILE, work up to 500 hours per month.

So, they have been urged when, now? back then? Urging those companies 5 years after the problem is found is, well, "a little" late.

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Why should they even bother with the facade? The government just approved a 100 hour LEGAL overtime cap on top of ignoring the illegal overtime, so they have no need to do a darn thing.

Japan continues to change at the pace of a dead snail.

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So laughable !

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What the hell is this ‘urged to...’ business?? I want to hear ‘directed to..’!!!

Companies will ‘make efforts’. Jeez, sounds so wishy washy..

The regulator should impose fines for all companies in breach of the labour laws, period.

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That's all contractual. If he "talent" didn't want those restrictions, the "talent" should not sign the contract.

Right, you gotta be naive if you think that these agencies put working 500 hours a month into a contract!

They pressure these "talento" and "idols" and their managers and staff into working ungodly hours, or face being black-balled from the industry for life!

No matter what the contract says!

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They have been "urged" to obey the law? That will definitely solve the problem. All they need to do now is to "urge" gangsters to behave a responsible citizens and organised crime will be a thing of the past. Whoever the top-notch, elite Tokyo-graduate bureaucrat is who thought up this "urging" approach should get a promotion.

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Obviously they didn't heed the "urge" for Premium Friday's? It's so obvious that companies and government have not a care for anyone but each other. Yet change the idea of change is so fraught with fear, nothing will change. One day a talent show will start with them all hanging from the lighting scaffold. And even that wouldn't cause a change, except the public will want more shows like that.

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and don't allow them basic human requirements like the ability to have a boyfriend or express their own thoughts on social media.

That's all contractual. If he "talent" didn't want those restrictions, the "talent" should not sign the contract.

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