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Japan pushes companies to allow workers to take side gigs

Government will ask companies to explain reasons for banning second jobs

The government hopes that encouraging companies to allow workers to take side jobs will foster greater diversity in Japan's work practices and encourage talent to move into growth areas.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will ask companies that prohibit their employees from taking a second job to explain their reasons, starting in July, Nikkei has learned, in a move aimed at encouraging more large companies to allow their employees to hold such jobs.

The rule is not mandatory, and companies that decline to provide reasons will not face a penalty. However, the government hopes to work with Keidanren, Japan's powerful business lobby, to urge more large companies, which have traditionally been cautious about allowing their employees to have a second job, to respond favorably to the request.

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