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The government should instead increase the number of national holidays and also encourage people to take more paid vacations.

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Toshihiro Nagahama, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute. He was referring to a proposal by the Democratic Party of Japan to stagger national holidays by region to boost regional tourism and unclog transport systems at peak times. (Bloomberg)

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this guy is right on the money. the root of the problem lies in the fact that they are pretty much the only guaranteed holidays for the majority of workers. at least having them nationwide makes them an opportunity for people who live far apart to get together

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