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Corporate Japan loosens collar for 'Premium Friday'

Drive to goose spending may also aid efforts on work-life balance

Restaurants and bars aim to lure workers who quit early on the last Friday of the month.

TOKYO -- Large Japanese companies are throwing their weight behind a government campaign that aims to spur consumption by having workers leave early on the last Friday of the month.

The first so-called Premium Friday, Feb. 24, is fast approaching. Campaign supporters include the Japan Department Stores Association, the Japan Chain Stores Association and the Keidanren business lobby.

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