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Japan’s business lobby to urge workers to take more holidays

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Japan’s most influential business lobby pledged to urge its member firms to have employees take more holidays in a bid to boost the tourism industry.

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In a dialogue with the government, the chief of the Japan Business Federation Keidanren said the lobby will call on companies to urge employees to increase the number of paid holidays they take by about three days a year.

“There are more inbound tourists, but domestic tourism demand is weakening,” Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara told reporters after the meeting.

“We will promote taking paid holidays, which are currently at around eight days on average.”

Workers in Japan often do not take all the paid holidays they are entitled to due to heavy workloads or out of concern that their absence will cause inconvenience to colleagues.

The government will promote family trips by enabling elementary and junior high schools to set holidays more flexibly, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the meeting.

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