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From Japan to Indonesia, Asia weighs four-day workweeks

Long hours and low productivity plague the region, but change is still slow

Commuters in Tokyo: Japan is known for its long working hours, but some companies are looking to implement shorter workweeks. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Companies and governments across Asia are cautiously testing the idea of a four-day workweek as notoriously long working hours take a toll on workers, with little to show in terms of productivity.

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