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Japanese workers take only half their paid vacation, survey finds

Legal change may force more time off, but altering attitudes will be hard

Japanese workers, along with Thais and Americans, took fewer days off than their counterparts elsewhere, a survey by Expedia found, citing pressure from superiors and colleagues.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese workers took the fewest paid holidays among 19 countries and regions, and only half the time off to which they are entitled, according to an annual survey published Monday by online travel agency Expedia Japan.

With a new law taking effect in April 2019 requiring employees who are due 10 days or more of paid vacation to take at least five days off per year, Japan's workaholics may be forced to put up their heels a bit longer. But changing business-before-pleasure mindsets will not be easy.

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