Second Summer Break for Golfing Abe Sends Message on Time Off

  • Japan’s prime minister returns to lakeside summer home
  • Abe has vowed to curb long working hours in economy plan

Shinzo Abe plays golf in Yamanashi prefecture on Aug. 11. Photographer: Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making his government’s campaign for better work-life balance a personal one: he went back to his vacation home in the mountains west of Tokyo this week for a second summer break.

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