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Hitachi allows staff to organize schedules for 4-day workweeks

Japan Inc. tries to lure talent, as Panasonic, NEC consider offering more flexibility

Hitachi staff will soon be able to choose more flexible hours. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Hitachi will introduce a new system that allows employees to change and organize their schedules so that they can choose to work only four days a week, hoping to attract more staff by offering a more flexible way of working.

The conglomerate joins other big Japanese and global companies to move in this direction, by seeking to improve productivity through offering employees the incentive of shorter working weeks. Panasonic Holdings and NEC are also considering four-day workweeks.

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