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considering the HOURS that people work per day, I'd say a 4 day work week is essential.

18 ( +20 / -2 )

Yes in terms of getting work done and productivity, no in terms of being socially acceptable.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Do you think a four-day work week is practical...

yes...

...in Japan?

spoke too soon...

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Japan has to get rid of its ridiculous overtime hours. Even if it was four days I'm sure the oyagis would find a way to make it 100 hours extra a month.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

How about actual employment laws?

12 ( +12 / -0 )

If the people actually worked at least 4 days x 6 hours and produced what they now produce. Half the people off on a Friday the other half on Monday. It would also decrease the numbers of commuters on those two days.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Outside of jobs where you need somebody to be physically present in a place for certain hours (like a shop clerk) people shouldn't be paid by the hour. They should be paid by what they contribute. Hourly wages for many jobs just encourage people top slack off and pad their hours - that's what causes the long working hours culture.

Even working for myself, I am amazed by how quickly things get done when I disconnect the internet, turn off the phone, etc. A 5 hour job becomes a one hour job.

I know paying people for their time is the custom, and it's easier that way. But I don't think it's the right way.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Practical yes, not looking busy to spend more time at home ? Now the wives would never agree to that.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Yes, and based on Japanese logic, your salary will be immediately reduced at least 20% if you take this option.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

A shortened work week is practical. There is nothing wrong with it. However, is it doable? I don't think its doable in Japan. In Japan, they have a hard time changing the image of what a hard worker means. Companies and managers view a hard worker as someone that puts time into the company. Even if a 4 day worker is far more productive than a 6 day worker, in their minds, the 6 day worker is a harder worker and more valued.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

To be honest - having tried a 4-day work week - regular 5 day work week is most effective and productive.  People become inattentive after 8 hours.  It's better to have more vacation days.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I think a four day week is practical in Japan. I probably have one myself (self-employed).

My answer is also partly motivated by a dislike of questions about change with an in-built negative bias.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

When they changed to a five-day week people said it would not succeed, but they seem quite happy with it now so I do not see why not.

However, as somebody who works a seven-day week I hope not as it will only make me more jealous.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well, yes, I think it's PRACTICAL, but I also know it's not possible in Japan. We're talking about a nation that has just allowed, by law, up to 100 hours of OVERTIME a month. They just don't seem to understand that if you enforced overtime law ("burakku kaisha" is quite a well known word), and reduced working hours on top of that, you'd get more productivity despite people being at companies physically for less time.

If there were a better work-life balance in this country, I think people would be happier and the nation would boom. Instead, they're hell-bent on forcing people to work themselves to death instead, turning them into mindless zombies whose own kids have no idea who they are.

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