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Leaving for Lunch 3 Minutes Early Gets Japanese Worker Fined

Leaving for Lunch 3 Minutes Early Gets Japanese Worker Fined
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By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 11:17 AM

Leaving for lunch three minute early caused a Japanese city worker to be reprimanded and fined by city officials, who then called a news conference to apologize publicly for the worker's "deeply regrettable" conduct, The Guardian reported Thursday.

The reaction of city officials over the 64-year-old worker who slipped away three minutes early for lunch on 26 occasions called into question's Japan's commitment to address its "dismal" record on work-life balance, The Guardian wrote.

The employee, a member of city of Kobe's waterworks bureau, was found to have repeatedly left early for his lunch break, saying the violations happened over a seven-month period, the newspaper said.

"The lunch break is from noon to 1 p.m.," a Kobe spokesman told Agence France-Presse Thursday. "He left his desk before the break."

Along with the punishment, the worker's bosses called a news conference and bowed deeply in apology for the worker's actions, AFP said.

"It's deeply regrettable that this misconduct took place. We're sorry," a waterworks bureau official told reporters, AFP noted.

Japan's notorious workaholic corporate culture was shaken up in 2015 with the suicide of 24-year-old Matsuri Takahashi, who jumped from the company dormitory of the Japanese ad agency Dentsu after reportedly logging 105 overtime hours in one month, the Business Insider said.

"It's 4 a.m. My body's trembling," Takahashi reportedly said in one of her social media posts before her death, the Business Insider wrote. "I'm going to die. I'm so tired."

The following year, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched a "work style reform" panel in an effort to make time off more alluring for Japanese workers while some private companies started to make their own changes, the Business Insider said.

The Japan Times wrote this week that a new survey showed that more recent college graduates there were less interested in outperforming their peers than in recent years.

More than 61 percent of respondents said that they are content to work similar hours to their peers, up from around 45 percent five years ago, while those who aimed to outwork their peers fell to about 30 percent, the Japan Times wrote.

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Leaving for lunch three minute early caused a Japanese city worker to be reprimanded and fined by city officials, who then called a news conference to apologize publicly for the worker's "deeply regrettable" conduct.
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