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Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
In General Japan News,

Japanese workers take just 8 days off a year

Japanese workers take an average of eight days paid holiday a year, it has been revealed.

A survey conducted by the online travel agency Expedia found that French workers take an average of 34 days off a year, while Italians and Spanish take an average of 27 days paid leave, reports the Mainichi Daily News.

Around 4,000 people took part in the survey which also found that many workers said they were too busy at work to take time off, while others were simply copying their bosses and colleagues who had also not gone on holiday.

Separate research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that Japanese employees work an average of 1,784 hours a year, 13 less than their American counterparts.

Meanwhile, around 28.1 per cent of Japanese workers spend more than 50 hours a week at work, one of the highest numbers in the developed world.