Workers in Japan encouraged to leave work at 3pm every last Friday of the month
The campaign is part of a general push to crackdown on excessive working hours following the suicide of an ad agency worker that was ruled to be a ‘death by overwork’
Japan’s government is urging employees to leave the office early every last Friday of the month, hoping to crackdown on a culture of workaholics while providing a shot in the arm for the economy.
The Premium Friday campaign, which launched this week, is calling on workers to leave the office at 3pm once a month, and spend time with family, dine out or go shopping, according to Japan Times.
It is hoped that the initiative will encourage people to spend more money on food, in shops and on travel. All Nippon Airways, the country’s largest airline, is offering special discounts from Friday in a bid to entice people to take trips.