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Power consumption will go down if there are fewer people in the office between 1 and 3 p.m.

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Gifu Prefectural official Hiroshi Ichihara. The local government is urging its staff to go home for a nap between 1 and 3 p.m. to cut down on air conditioning and other power usage during the summer. (AFP)

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Over one hour commute on a non-air conditioned train, shower, nap for ten, get back on train...work. Stupid!

Open up a white noise room at the office, only turn the air on in that room, and peace. Think out of the box clowns.

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This prefectural official's statement has got to be one of the stupidest suggestions I've seen this summer. The complete plan isn't explained here (as it was in the original article). Besides the impossibility of getting home and back in 2 hours, the employees are expected to use their OWN personal vacation time for this ridiculous scheme! So every week they in effect lose a day of their own vacation time, real nice!

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Where does it say everybody live 1 hour away from work? I would think most people live closer in Gifu.

Daytime naps are great for productivity. They recharge you and make your mind fresh for the second half of the day.

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(un) forgivable social gaffe from Gifu pref govt official, ignore and move on.

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Great for those who live in the area, horrible for anyone who is looking to grab a cup of coffee as coffee shops will be full of these people. Does that mean they have to work longer hours??

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Agree @ Smorkian. In many countries an after lunch siesta is the norm, not just in Spain and Latin America but in hot and humid Southeast Asia too. When I worked n Southern China the school would close between 12 and 2 for lunch and a nap. If you are prone to post lunch drowsiness it's great but if not you can get lots of things done like going to the bank, post office etc.

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