PRESIDENT WANT MEN TO WORK LESS AND SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is making efforts to rethink Japan’s workaholic tradition, where men routinely spend long hours in the office and little time with their families. This is affecting Families negatively as divorce rate presently stands at an about 33% of Marriage, that is 1 in 3 of all Marriages ends in Divorce.
According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, 253,353 couples were divorced—which works out to one divorce every two minutes and four seconds—and 708,000 were married in 2010. A population survey report by the ministry shows the number of divorce cases in 2009 was about 3.5 times than 50 years ago
Most of these divorces are attributed to Workaholic habits of Men in Japan. When Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was divorced in 1982. His wife said he was very busy and had little time for her
The government recently unveiled its first-ever initiative to limit overtime in a bid to tackle karoshi or death from overwork
Japanese commuters will be encouraged to work from home for one day in a nationwide exercise for the 2020 Olympics that authorities hope will ease congestion on roads and public transport. Tokyo has declared July 24 — exactly three years before the opening ceremony of the summer games — as “Telework Day” and wants firms and government departments to let employees work remotely.
Greater Tokyo, with a population of more than 30 million people — about a quarter of Japan’s total — is notorious for its packed trains and subways during peak morning rush hours. The plan is part of, and it hopes that more workers will telecommute after the Olympics finish as a lasting legacy giving a room for more Family life.
“During the Tokyo Olympics, we are expecting serious traffic congestion particularly on the day of the opening ceremony,” said Internal Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi. “We believe telework will have a significant impact in easing traffic congestion and commuter crowding.”
More than 60 companies, including big names such as beverage firm Suntory, Japan Airlines and Microsoft, have so far pledged to participate.
Officials hope that as many as 1,000 companies will take part, Kyodo News agency reported.