Listen Now: 45% of Japan Unhappy About Unplanned 10-Day Vacation
Vacation days; some people save them, others use up every last day and in Japan they just don’t want ‘em.
Right now people in Japan are wrapping up a ten-day government holiday. It began on april twenty ninth which is already a public holiday. Then this year april 30th, may first and may second were determined national holidays to celebrate the country’s emperor handing over power to his son.
Then from may third to the sixth is what’s called the “golden week” period. Total it all up and japanese workers now have a ten-day unplanned vacation. While in most cases people would be thrilled to have a few extra days off, the opposite is true in Japan.
According to a poll cited by The Guardian, forty five percent of people said they were unhappy about the long vacation. That’s because the country’s citizens known for being hardworking are questioning everything from the effects on business to how to entertain the kids.
Those who are paid by the hour are worried about losing that money. Too bad they can’t donate them to the less fortunate.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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