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Japan Pushes for Four-Day Workweek to Give Employees Time to Study, Socialize, Work More

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Japan’s notoriously rigid work culture may soon come to an end as the government recently unveiled plans to have businesses adopt four-day workweeks.

Work-life balance: The recommendation for an optional shorter workweek is detailed in the country’s annual economic policy guidelines finalized by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet on Friday, Japan Times reported.

Young People in China Are ‘Lying Flat’ to Beat Societal Pressure

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Young adults in China have recently embarked on a new trend called “tang ping,” the supposed antidote to the societal pressures of finding a good job and clocking in long hours.

In essence, “tang ping” (躺平), which literally translates to “lie flat,” is a deliberate rejection of the notorious rat race — a movement that does not advocate laziness but “having different choices,” as some put it.

Overworked South Koreans Send Themselves to ‘Fake Prison’ for $90 a Night

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South Koreans who are fed up with the daily grind are turning themselves in as “prisoners” at a mock jail as a means of escape.

Thousands of stressed-out workers and students have been paying $90 a night to live in solitary confinement inside the “Prison Inside Me,” a jail-like facility in northeast Hongcheon that provides clients the experience of incarceration.

We Asked Asians to Reveal the Most Racist Situations They’ve Faced at Work

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Workplace racism is a tricky subject — at times, it’s too subtle to prove or report and even when it’s blatant, there’s no guarantee that your supervisors will take you seriously. We’ve repeatedly been told that, “the customer is always right,” but what happens when the customer is so obviously wrong and bigoted, and your boss and coworkers are part of the problem?

Xia 15, Chinese

“I occasionally help out at a Chinese takeaway as a counter/phone assistant. It was a Saturday evening, a disheveled woman walked into the store. She had ordered some chips and asked for directions. We had her wait 5-8 minutes since we were obviously not a chip shop that only sells fried goods, this meant it would take longer. However this woman rudely asked for the time of her order, after we gave her the explanation that non-Chinese foods would take longer since chips need to be fried and cooled so it isn’t oily & seasoned. She even accused me of just taking her money and not giving the order to the chefs. After a good 8 minutes, she said she wanted to cancel the order and talk to the manager for bad service. She attempted to spit at me whilst slurring out ‘chink’ and ‘Chinese c**t’.”

Japan May Give Workers Monday Morning Off To Reduce Overwork

“Monday morning” has earned the reputation of being many employees’ worst part of the week as it marks the end of the two days of complete freedom and the start of a new week of hard work.  

In Japan, employees may soon be partly spared of the dread of having to come to work early Mondays as the Japanese government is planning to give everyone the Monday morning off after every last Friday of the month.

Japanese High School Prodigy Forced to Become Truck Driver Just to Survive

A television program in Japan reportedly sheds light on the current living status of 10 people who were once considered as child prodigy. Among the 10 people there, one stood out as the most intriguing case: a truck driver who was once considered a physics whiz kid in high school.

The man, whose name was not revealed, was the first person in Japan to have been offered a grade acceleration program for his excellent academic performance and intellect, according to Hachima Kiko as translated by SoraNews24. This program helped the man to jump a few grades and head straight into Chiba University much earlier than his peers in his age group.

Asian Americans Are the Least Likely to Be Promoted to Executive Positions, According to Study

The presence of Asian American CEOs in top companies — especially in tech — is a favorite media highlight, but the assumption that such is the case for many others is false, according to a new report.

Ascend, the largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America, analyzed a publicly-available database of the San Francisco Bay Area workforce employed by technology companies between 2007 and 2015.