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Japanese government to workers: Take that leave!

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Staff writer ▼ | November 17, 2014
About 48.8 percent of annual paid leave in Japan was taken in 2013, up only 1.7 percentage points from the previous year, a Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare survey revealed.
Japan workers
70 percent by 2020   Just 48.8% used pay leave
The figure is far below the government's target of 70 percent by 2020, despite the fact that the government has worked on reforming working behavior.

The average number of days of paid leave in 2013 was 18.5, slightly up from 18.3 in the previous year.

However, the number of days that an employee actually took as paid leave was only 9.0, up from 8.6.

By industry, electricity, gas, heating and water suppliers and mine and quarry operators posted a high rate of paid leave taken, according to the ministry.

In contrast, the rate was relatively low in the wholesale and retail industries and for the lifestyle-related and amusement services sector.

Of the targeted 6,140 companies with 30 or more workers, about 4,271 gave valid responses, according to the survey conducted in January.Speech