What about holidays?
Under the revised Labor Standard Law of 1993, the following regulations concerning holidays were put into place:
Workers must have at least one day off per week.
After six months at the same company, workers with an attendance rate of 80% or more are entitled to ten days paid leave.
After 18 months at the same company, paid holidays are increased by one day each year to a maximum percent of 20.
According to law, Japanese workers have more than 120 days off, including holidays and paid holidays.
But Japan still has a long way to go before workers can enjoy month-long summer vacations like the workers in Germany, France, and several other countries who set 150 days a year off from work.
A unique factor is that Japanese white-collar workers, who tend to be loyal to their companies that promise lifetime employment, often think that taking long vacations would put a burden on their companies.
Bur younger workers have fewer such concerns, and more and more companies are giving their workers longer vacations.