Is It Possible To Make Japanese Work Less?

Ngebray.com,- Can Japan convince its workers to stop working so hard? 100 hours of overtime a month here isn’t unusual, but the average Japanese worker is only 2/3s as productive as the average American.

Picture from reuters.com

Mitsui Home Headquarters, 6 p.m. The theme song from “Rocky” reminds workers to head home. An employee of Mitsui Home, Tomonori Tsukahara, said he plans to leave the office at 6:15 p.m., after contacting some students for the 2019 recruitment.

Companies across the country are trying to cut overtime and turn stressed out workers into more efficient employees. But first, they’re going to have to get a lot of wives on board. A Homemaker, Megumi Kitagaito, said that it disrupts her rhythm. It makes her feel that she must fix dinner quickly. Her friends say they don’t need  their husbands at home because they hardly do any housework. Megumi and her friends don’t think it’s a good idea for husbands to have shorter work days.

In the commercial from 1986, a woman tells a group of housewives. It’s best if husbands are healthy and absent from home. The expression became the buzzword of the year. Today, only 40% of Japanese wives believe their husbands should come home earlier. And many husbands agree. A real estate businessman Keiichi Kitagaito, said that he knows for women, having husbands at home is bothersome. He can sense it.

But Japan needs to change. As the workforce ages, the labor pool is shrinking, with many new moms remaining at home. A Professor in Meiji University, Yuiko Fujita, said that if it stays like that, if only women shoulder housework and child-rearing, then women cannot go out and work.

Tomonori Tsukahara tries to leave work right after six every day. Having him back home earlier is helpful for me. When the baby gets fussy he holds her for me and also helps me bathe her. Now, her husband gets less overtime pay. But he doesn’t mind because he can spend more time with his family.