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Corporate Japan laboring to change culture of overwork

Nikkei poll shows 80% already making efforts

Japanese workers put in notoriously long hours.

TOKYO -- A number of Japanese companies are trying to address long work hours through such steps as creating no-overtime days and encouraging new thinking by management, aiming to adapt to a shrinking labor force.

The Nikkei Inc. poll of business leaders revealed that 76.7% of the 164 respondents are undertaking measures to reduce overtime. The figure rises to 96.5% when including those that are mulling such moves or have already made them.

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